We are delighted to announce the winners of the Viva Energy Geelong Refinery Club Legend Awards 2019.
Club Legend Award Winner
$5,000 individual prize + $5,000 for the Lara Giants Basketball Club
Club Legend Award Winner
$5,000 individual prize + $5,000 for the Try Boys Basketball Club
Trailblazer Award Winner
$2,500 individual prize + $2,500 for the Geelong West Giants
Trailblazer Award Winner
$2,500 individual prize + $2,500 for the Geelong Touch Football
People’s Choice Award Winner
$2,500 individual prize + $2,500 for the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club
People’s Choice Award Winner
$2,500 individual prize + $2,500 for the Cliff Grinter, St Albans Football Club
The Viva Energy Geelong Refinery would like to thank the sporting clubs of Greater Geelong and the entire Greater Geelong community for getting behind the Club Legend award and recognising the unsung heroes that help make our clubs great.
Viva Energy Geelong Refinery is committed to giving back to our local community.
We have several other community partnerships in place, which help support North Geelong and the broader Greater Geelong region. Please see our website for more information.
The Club Legend program will have a break now, but please keep an eye on the Viva Energy Geelong Refinery Club Legend Facebook page for updates and alerts about future programs.
Congratulations again to the winners and all our finalists.
Lara Giants Basketball Club
Lorraine joined the Lara Giants Basketball Club over 8 years ago when there was only 5 members. She began as a general member, who was then later appointed to Secretary. Lorraine used her positive influence and friendly personality to give people the courage to join a committee. Lorraine’s positive attitude saw her to be voted in as Vice President nearly 3 years ago. Since then, the club has become the biggest basketball club in Geelong. Lorraine is the driving force behind securing the club’s future with major new sponsorships and securing grants for the club’s strategic plan and vision. Lorraine’s determination is inspiring and admired by fellow committee and club members.
Throughout her time at the club, Lorraine has been and assisted with the following:
• Vice President
• Contributed to securing the clubs future with major new sponsorships
• Securing grants to build a stadium in Lara
Try Boys Basketball Club
Referred to as a highly regarded individual, Allen has been dedicated to Junior development at the Try Boys Basketball Club for over 40 years, and is described as the face of the club.
Allen has coached at the Try Boys Basketball Club for over 40 years. He has been exceptionally dedicated to the junior development coaching and training for the Under 10 Boys and Girls and Under 12 Girls for over five years. He has two weeks off at Christmas however he is the only coach who continues to conduct training sessions year round for those wishing to continue a develop. Allen also spends time teaching players individually who wish to improve their skills. Prior to his current role, Allen was involved in coaching ‘Bearcubs’, a development program for children who have never played at a competition level.
During his time at Try Boys, he has coached all age groups for boys, girls, men and women. Allen currently coaches the Division One Women team (the clubs most Elite Female team), one of their Division Two Women’s team and their younger members. He has been a coach, referee and player since he started off as a junior himself. His dedication to basketball and the club is second to none and a big reason why we have seen continued and significant growth in their junior teams. Allen has been a Life Member of Try Boys Basketball Club for over 20 years. He continues to be an integral part of their club and is a significant reason to their large number of teams and players.
Allen is currently coaching the club’s division one women’s team and throughout his years at the club he has:
• Coached at both State and National levels
• Assistant Coached the Geelong Supercats Women’s NBL team
Head of Football
Geelong West Giants
Sarah has been an active member of the Geelong West Giants club for three years and has undertaken many different roles throughout this time. Previously, she was with Geelong West Sporting Club (Cheetahs) and merged the Geelong West St Peters in 2016/17. Whilst at Geelong West Giants, Sarah has been a senior netball player, senior women’s football player (current), senior football trainer (current), trainer coordinator (current) and head of senior Football (current). Senior football includes two senior GFNL men’s teams, two senior GDFNL men’s teams, two senior women’s teams and two U19 men’s teams. Sarah was also appointed by AFL Barwon as the inaugural senior women’s interleague football team manager in 2019.
Sarah has the biggest job at the Geelong West Giants sports club. She needs to coordinate and bring together players across all the teams. This is done whilst still playing senior women’s football and being a trainer to senior men’s on a Saturday. The Geelong West Giants was a merger of two clubs and Sarah has the mammoth task of bringing them together whilst also being in an area that has been the domain of males. It has been a great challenge for her and she has been doing a fantastic job bringing together a ‘one club’ football department and culture, coordinating coaches across leagues and liaising with two football leagues. Sarah also needs to work with both their junior and netball departments so they can ensure policy and process is consistent across the club and recognized by all.
Throughout her time at the club, Sarah has not only been a senior netball and women’s football player, but has also assisted with the following:
• A Trainer
• A Coordinator
• Involved in uniting two clubs to create the Geelong West Giants
• Liaising with coaches across all leagues
• Undergoing work in the Junior Netball Department
Geelong Touch Football
Having become President when he was only 23 years old, Rohan is approaching his 11th year at the Geelong Touch Football Club. Throughout his time, Rohan has refereed over 500 games for the club and is described as an incredibly hard worker who never gives up when it comes to every aspect of touch football.
Rohan is said to have made a massive impact on touch football, and the club states that they would be lost without him in Geelong. Rohan has helped run and referee several Touch Football events, as well as arranged a game of Touch Football at Kardinia Park during half time at the Melbourne Storm practice match. Rohan is always helping and encouraging people become involved at the club.
Rohan has been involved in many aspects of the club including:
• Serving on the committee as both the website coordinator and club president
• Club operations: managing emails, social media accounts, creating fixtures, refereeing, administration work, applying for grants and managing match day coordinators
Rohan is described as the first person at the club on game days and the last person to leave each week.
Social Coordinator, Coach & Player
Ocean Grove Football/Netball Club
At only 21 years of age, Jesse’s impact on the Ocean Grove Football / Netball Club has been described as impressive and reflective of her extremely sweet and determined personality. As a very well-liked individual at the club, Jesse demonstrates excellent sportsmanship and is a mentor to the club’s younger players and her peers. Jesse actively seeks input from all members and always includes them in all aspects, regardless if they’re from the most junior of netballers to the men’s and women’s football teams.
Jesse has both played and coached since her junior years at the club and since then, has accepted more responsibility in other areas. The club states they are truly lucky to have such a positive and hardworking member like Jesse who deserves to be acknowledged for her involvement in community sport.
Over her years at the club, Jesse’s responsibilities have included:
• Being the head of the clubs social committee
• Coaching multiple netball teams
• Playing Netball
• Organising training singlets, netball trips and rosters
• Regularly helping out in the bar and canteen
• Mentoring junior players and coaches
Club Legend and Ex-President
St Albans Football Club
Cliff celebrates 75 years of ongoing connection to his beloved St Albans Football Club. It was his late father (Wally Grinter) who was the previous club president, that introduced young Cliff in 1944 to the club where he’s been ever since. From a club player to a club coach, Cliff then began his 18 year venture as Club President, the longest the club has seen in it’s 140 year history. Cliff has also been the Club Delegate and Grounds Trustee, where he has overseen multiple building improvements, with rooms now being named in his honour. Inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame, Cliff epitomizes the true meaning of a Club Legend. People like Cliff are rare, especially given his continual service and commitment.
Over the years, Cliff has been involved in the following:
• Establishment of the club’s Junior Football Program
• Club President for 18 years, being the longest tenure in the club’s 140 year history.
• Club delegate
• Grounds trustee
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Fred is a devoted individual to Special Olympics Programs with commitment to the Barwon Basketball Program. He demonstrates principles of the global movement utilizing sport, health and education to end discrimination against and empower those living with intellectual disabilities. Fred commenced in 2009 as a gymnastics coach and then continued as a basketball coach in 2011. He has since taken on official roles in Special Olympics in the Barwon Region. Fred’s total devotion to these programs supports the principles of weekly sports training, coaching and competition opportunities for all the participants in Special Olympics programs. Fred’s absolute commitment to the basketball program in Barwon has allowed it to continue in its current format with the provision of skills training, games experience and creating understanding of the rules governing this sport.
Over his years at the club, Fred has been the following:
• Coach of both Gymnastics and Basketball teams
• Involved in weekly sports training
• Organising competitions
• Training of Skills
• Assisted in creating understanding of the rules
• Game experience
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Gerard, also known as ‘Gerry’, has been a player and administrator at the East Belmont Cricket Club (EBCC) for 47 years and a club member since 1972. Currently President of the club, Gerry has previously undertaken multiple important roles with a determined drive, and brings quality to any project or job he is involved in.
It is evident that Gerry loves the EBCC and his passion for cricket shines through when you speak to him. He is a hands on President who leads by example, and the club states that it is rare to see someone so prepared to volunteer their time in this day and age like Gerry. With his guidance and dedication, the club has undergone some major improvements, as well as having just finished one of their best seasons in the club’s history.
Over the years, Gerry has been involved in the following at the club:
• The official chef for all club BBQ’s
• Oversaw a project to make the clubs social rooms more family friendly
• Main driver in setting up meals on a Thursday night after practice
Currently in his second year as a voluntary coach at the Geelong Dragons, the first football side in Geelong for young people with disabilities. He has become a role model, confidant, advisor and friend to these young people, often taking calls at all hours to help with their daily struggles. The club states that Jai has never been recognised for his efforts, and doesn’t ask to be praised.
Jai is not trained in the disability sector, but has excelled in finding that balance between being friend and coach. The players come from all walks of life, with a variety of physical and mental disabilities – and no matter what their issues everyone is made to feel welcome and important at the club. In less than two years the numbers have grown from 20 players at the first training session to currently 75 players.
Through Jai’s work and patience, he has enriched the lives of many young people in the community and at the club. Thanks to Jai, 75 male and female players at the Geelong Dragons now feel they finally belong somewhere.
Catering and Events Coordinator/ Woolworths Cricket Blast Coordinator
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Jenny’s initiation to the Alexander Thomson Cricket Club was as “First Lady”, as she supported her husband Tony as President through 20 years of service until 2012. Jenny has shown her incredible contribution to the club through preparing and serving meals on Thursdays, along with snacks every Saturday during the season. This amounts to over 1000 meals and snacks prepared and contributed to the club. In 2007, Jenny also signed to assist with the seminal Milo Cricket program (now known as the Woolworths Cricket Blast) as the off-field coordinator, a position she still upholds. Jenny’s constant encouragement and loving support is possibly the greatest of all her contributions to the club.
Throughout Jenny’s time at the club, she has been involved in the following:
• Preparation and serving of meals on Thursday and Saturday nights
• Assisting with the seminal Woolworths Cricket Blast as field coordinator
• Organisation of hot dog nights, presentation nights and special guests
Club and Charter Coach
Keli’i, also known as ’Z’, has been a significant part of the Geelong Baycats Baseball club since 2013 when he became a walk up player due to his partner being from Geelong. Z plays an integral part in achieving complete club involvement from the T-ball Juniors all the way to the Senior Semi Professional players. Z has created a fun and interactive environment for both his students and their parents at the club, and is described as a polite and approachable individual that has a natural way with children. Z has become a confidant for all his students.
Z offers private coaching to local players and he willingly drives his students to and from Melbourne when involved in state training. Z has created a fun and winning culture at the club, and has been recruited as a high performance coach by Baseball Victoria.
Over his years at the club, Z has been the following:
• Assistant Coach
• Charter Coach
• Private Coach
• Baseball Victoria High Performance Coach
• Melbourne Aces Player
• State Junior Assistant Coach
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Michael, or better known as ’Strawbs’, has played many roles at Drysdale Football Club since he finished playing junior footy in 2003. Michael is described as one of the “best young volunteers”, something that many clubs find difficult in recruiting, as well as the ultimate club volunteer. Michael is always happy to lend a hand, undertake any role to help out and is normally seen dealing with the clubs supporters and members due to his impeccable customer service skills.
Strawbs and his family are Drysdale locals, therefore it’s great that Michael plays an integral part in the club he grew up in. Strawbs loves being involved with the club and he loves it even more when Hawthorn or Essendon have a win!
Over his years volunteering at Drysdale Football Club, Michael has assisted with the following:
• Been the match day club umpire steward
• Back up in the can bar during the quarters
• Marking club lines
• Statistics and interchange
• Member of the Thursday night crew in the kitchen, helping to prepare, serve and clean during finals or big events
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Since joining the Geelong Swimming Club (GSC) in 2003, Phoebe has made a profound impact on both the swimming community and the wider community by becoming a representative for swimmers with disabilities and able-bodied participants alike. Phoebe is described by the club as a trailblazer who makes parents and swimmers always feel welcomed and included in all aspects of the club.
Phoebe has reached the highest level as a swimmer with Down Syndrome. She is currently a member of six swimming associations and has achieved multiple awards for her talent and efforts, including World Champion in 2010, 2012 and 2014, as well as representing GSC in multiple State Championships.
Phoebe’s contributions to the Geelong Swimming Club has resulted in the following:
• Becoming an unofficial ambassador for Multiclass swimming
• Being named ‘Best Club Person’
• Being the inspiration behind the club’s new charitable foundation, The Geelong Swimming Club Foundation
The club states that Phoebe’s career will only continue to prosper with her work and contributions in the future.
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Rick is described by the FC Leopold as a positive and enthusiastic individual who has played a pivotal role in the development of the club.
Rick first started as the junior coordinator when the club formed in 2016. When FC Leopold entered the competition level in 2017, Rick began to actively manage the entire Miniroos and Junior programs as the sole coordinator. Aspects of this role includes putting together training programs, building teams and sourcing coaches, handling any issues that may arise, strengthening governance structures, working on policies and helping to build up coaching skills. The club’s policies and standards would not be as well established without the efforts of Rick.
Since the club formed in 2016, Rick has been a Junior Coordinator as well as involved in the following:
• Building up the Miniroos teams
• Sourcing coaches
• Putting together training programs and equipment to facilitate weekly training
• Coaching and strengthening governance structures and policies
• Ensuring codes of behaviour are maintained
FLYERS JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR
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Vicky has been a committed volunteer for the Geelong Netball Club for years. During this time, she has remained focussed on the program’s aim; to provide an extensive and professionally run program that offers talented young athletes (13-17 years) the opportunity to experience a higher level of training and competition in preparation for seeking to play in the VNL (Victorian Netball League) competition. Vicky is committed to continuous improvement in a program that will expose young players to a more holistic approach to improving their netball performance and their overall well-being.
She is the driving force in ensuring that the program that is delivered continues to evolve into an extensive and professionally run program that will satisfy the needs of junior players across the region. The program provides an alternative to travelling outside the region for this netball pathway opportunity, but also offers a unique and holistic-centred program to foster growth and maturity as the young girls involved transition into well-rounded young women.
The weekly training sessions are interspersed with personal development workshops including injury management, leadership, dietitian and specialist coaching. Vicky is extremely passionate about inclusion. One of the highlights of the season is the club’s involvement with the All Abilities athletes. These netballers are young adults with special needs. Vicky has a strong connection with local organisation Leisure Networks, and she works with them to promote inclusion in their chosen sport.
Throughout her time at the club, Vicky has:
• Dedicated herself to continuous improvement of club programs
• Been a driving force for ensuring that these programs are delivered and will continue to evolve
• Been involved in weekly training sessions with personal development workshops