NSWRU honoured with four nominations at NSW Community Sports Awards


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

NSW Rugby Union had four nominations in this year’s NSW Community Sports Awards, which was held at Parliament House this week.

The nominees were Alistair Baxter (Volunteer Director of the Year category), NSW Women’s Super W Team (Community Team of the Year category), Warringah Rugby Club (Community Club of the Year category) and NSW Country Rugby Championship (Community Event of the Year category).

The ceremony recognises and rewards outstanding achievements and contributions to community sports across the State.

NSW Rugby General Manager Community and Participation, Mark Green, said: “It was great for our volunteers, clubs, players and administrators to be recognised across four different categories. While we didn’t win, rugby still creates and nurtures a strong community culture.”

The nominees were:

Community Volunteer Director of the Year – Alistair Baxter

Alistair Baxter retired from rugby in 2011 to pursue a career in architecture. At the time of his retirement, he held the record for the most capped prop with 69 Tests for the Wallabies. Coupled with that, he represented NSW in 121 matches. Baxter has been a NSW Rugby and NSW Waratahs Board member since 2009 and in 2018 was appointed the organisation’s Vice President.

Community Team of the Year – NSW Women’s: Super W

The NSW Women’s team are the inaugural Buildcorp Super W champions after beating Queensland Women in a pulsating final in Sydney earlier in the year. With the scores locked at 13-all after extra time, it was down to golden points and the golden boot of NSW captain Ash Hewson, who slotted the winning penalty to secure a 16-13 win.

Community Club of the Year – Warringah Rugby Club

Warringah Rats recorded one of their most notable achievements in the 54-year history of the club when they beat former champions Northern Suburbs in the 2017 Intrust Shute Shield Grand Final. The final win capped off an emotional season for the club after they tragically lost one of their own, young Lachlan Ward earlier in the year. A near-capacity crowd of 20,000 added to the atmosphere on finals day.

Community Event of the Year – NSW Country Rugby Championships: Warren

The small town of Warren, in the State’s Western Plains region, hosted the annual NSW Country Rugby Championships for the first time in April this year. Welcoming over 600 men and women from nine different zones across NSW, the country town opened its doors for a weekend of footy. With a population of approximately 1500 people, the city boasts one motel and one Caravan Park. To accommodate the influx of guests, organisers created “Tent City” in Victoria Park to accommodate all the teams. In the true spirit of country rugby union, all players ate together for a “bush cook-up” which local suppliers and businesses cooking up a storm.






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