January 26, 2015

The South Burnett Sports Coach, Official or Administrator Australia Day Award is given to an individual for outstanding effort in the role of a sports coach, official or administrator.

Karate champion Jared Mathews

In 2015, the nominees were:

  • Jared Mathews
    • Multi-trophy winner in State Titles and International Sport Karate Association Tournaments
    • Placed 3rd in Continuous Sparring, 4th in Sword Combat and 4th in Point Sparring at the ISKA World Cup in Sydney last year
    • Takes on leadership roles and mentoring at the additional Black Belt and  Tournament Team trainings
    • Outstanding mentor to younger students
  • Michael Dugdell
    • Volunteered with Rugby League Football since the mid-1980s in both junior and senior arenas
    • Committee member since 2009 and President of the Kingaroy Junior Red Ants since 2011
    • Pivotal in securing grant money
    • Oversaw finalisation of the new club house and dressing sheds
    • Organised the Kingaroy Rugby League Old Boys reunion in 2013, the first for 20 years
    • Prime administrator in attracting Round 23 of the Intrust Super Cup to Kingaroy in August 2014
  • Paul Clegg
    • Kingaroy Junior Cricket Coach and volunteer from 1999-2009
    • Wooroolin Warriors Cricket Club player and member since 1984
    • Secretary of the Wooroolin Warriors Cricket Club from since 1997 as well as filling Vice President, Registrar and A & B Grade Captain roles
    • South Burnett Cricket Association Secretary since 2004 and former treasurer
    • Won two Administration awards from Wide Bay Cricket
    • Life member of South Burnett Cricket, Wooroolin Warriors Cricket Club and Wide Bay Cricket
Nanango Race Club's Noel Trace
  • Noel Trace
    • Nanango Race Club Ambassador for the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 racing years
    • Referred to as ‘ the go-to’ person and ‘the face of Nanango racing’
    • Member of the Race Club Committee
    • Attends all race meetings in the South Burnett to promote racing – Nanango, Wondai and Kumbia
  • Sarah VanDerKolk
    • Barambah United Football Club President
    • Football South Burnett Junior Standing Committee Chair
    • Football South Burnett Senior Standing Committee Chair Registrar
    • South West Queensland Zone Women’s Committee Chair
    • Wondai Sports Association Secretary
    • Coached the Barambah United A Grade Women’s team, Barambah United mixed Cadets (14-16yrs) team and the U/15 South West Queensland Boys team at the  Gold Coast Youth Cup
  • Ashley Barron
    • President of the South Burnett Speedway Club
    • Headed steering committee to upgrade the complex
    • Club Scrutineer and official
    • Promoter representative on the Queensland Speedway Board
    • Attends and contributes to many other division associations, including Late Model Racing Queensland
    • Integral part in the securing the junior motorbike track on the infield of the showgrounds

Winner: Paul Clegg

Paul Clegg started as a Kingaroy junior cricketer in 1978. Many people believed that Paul could easily have played first grade cricket if he had chosen to leave the South Burnett District. The region is fortunate that Paul decided to stay, as he has become a great role model and ambassador for the game.

He has contributed extensively to cricket within the region. He has filled a volume of roles during his many years of involvement with the Wooroolin Warriors, South Burnett Cricket Association and Wide Bay Cricket.

Paul was awarded life membership of Wide Bay Cricket in 2013 after more than 10 years of voluntary administration work, and is also a life member of the South Burnett Cricket Association and the Wooroolin Warriors cricket club. He has also received not one, but two Administration awards from Wide Bay Cricket.

Paul was the Secretary for the first ever Bulls Masters game held in Kingaroy in 2010 and again in Murgon in 2012. He was also treasurer of the organising committee when the Queensland Bulls played a City v Country game in Kingaroy as part of Kingaroy’s Centenarycelebrations.

In addition to many other achievements, Paul has been successful in gaining much-needed funding and has assisted with several other successful funding applications.

Paul devotes an admirable amount of time to the cricket sporting community and is a worthy recipient of this award.

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