There were tears, there were cheers and there were legends everywhere you looked. The 2019 Sportscover Clubbies Award reached their climax at a glittering awards ceremony in Sydney's Tattersalls Club yesterday.
In 2005, Mark Evans established the Impact Boxing Academy in a shed at the rear of his property with the dream of making a positive impact on kids’ lives.
In 13 years the gym has done just that – achieving over 200 State, National and International titles. As part of his boxing program, Mark dedicates time to troubled kids and children with special needs, teaching respect, confidence and self-worth in the ring. The last 12 months has been a ripper.
The Academy was awarded Sunshine Coast Sports Federation coach of the year which comes off the back of 12 Qld State Titles, & 6 Australian Titles, Gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games (Bahamas)… and the list goes on.
Mark has been appointed Boxing Australia's Queensland Futures Coach with the responsibility of identifying up and coming talent.
Mark added: “If you want to be a good coach you need to understand your athlete. You can’t line them up and treat them like robots.”
Honourable Mentions: Lynton Joseph, tennis (VIC)
Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association
Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association is breaking down barriers on all fronts.
The first Northern Territory nominee to win a Clubbie, the Association eschews the traditional fixed facility model in favour of bringing basketball to the kids.
Their popular Streetball goes into the suburbs where they set up courts, turn up the music and dish up some nosh. Free transport is provided. No uniforms or registrations required.
Volunteer Rachel Fosdick added: “We provide easily-accessible basketball opportunities including 3x3 programs, short seasons and programs where players of all ages and abilities can join at any time. We pride ourselves on removing the barriers to people playing sport.”
Honourable Mentions: Australasian Academy of Tennis Coaches (VIC); Kurri Kurri Netball Association (NSW)