Last night at the 2021 Shooting Australia Awards of Excellence we announced the four community award winners!
CLUB OF THE YEAR – Townsville Marksmen Rifle Club
The Townsville Marksmen Rifle Club provides a number of opportunities for both members and first timers including having equipment available to suit all abilities as well as those with disabilities. The Club invested in laser pistol and infra-red laser equipment earlier this year and use this as a platform for ensuring all first time visitors are able to participate on their first visit. Volunteers of the Townsville Marksmen Rifle Club are continually acknowledged and it is ensured there is always a welcoming environment for them.
SHOOTING AUSTRALIA ENDORSED EVENT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Sylvia Meuhlberg
Sylvia has been outstanding when organising and delivering endorsed rifle events during 2021. At all times Sylvia ensures that the competition is not only high quality but as accessible as possible to all members of the community across varying ages and abilities. Complemented by the Target Rifle SA and Wingfield Rifle Range teams, Sylvia was incredibly willing and adaptive in her support and delivery of online remote competition opportunities during times where athletes were unable to travel to events due to state border closures.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Bruce Scott
Bruce has been actively involved with long range target rifle shooting for the past 48 years where he enjoyed a long and successful career encompassing roles as a competitor, volunteer, in administration and governance, while focussing on enhancing the sport for the enjoyment of future generations. Bruce continues to strongly support the Townsville Marksmen Rifle Club leading infrastructure development, member recruitment drives, expanding competition opportunities, increasing equipment available to beginners. Bruce maintains a positive influence and is ready to assist all clubs and associations as well as actively mentoring club members and other active leaders across the sport.
COACH OF THE YEAR – Allison Doyle
Allison shows an outstanding commitment to junior development, both at her home club at Tuggerah Lakes and District Pistol Club as well as across the state of NSW through the NSW Junior Program. Through the challenges of Covid, Allison saw this as an opportunity to implement an online and remote ability for Juniors to have regular access to training and coaching advice, as well as competition opportunities. Allison has also focussed on the Juniors’ mental health and overall wellbeing. Allison’s positive and supportive attitude makes her an invaluable coach and resource, significantly assisting in the development of Juniors
It’s been an incredible 12 months and congratulations to all the award winners, finalists and nominees for these awards. You are all valuable and appreciated members of the community and none of this last year would be possible without you. Thank you.