Honour our sporting champions

Published on 20 June 2014

The deadline for nominations for Loddon Shire’s first-ever Sports Awards is now just days away.

The gala presentation evening will be held on Wednesday 20 August at Pyramid Hill, in the style of last year’s Loddon Powercor Excellence Awards.

There will be 11 prizes handed out on the night, honouring Loddon’s top team, administrator, coach, club or organisation, two sportspersons (male and female), two junior sportspersons (under 18), two master sportspersons (over 50) and the “Ultimate Sportsperson” to be chosen out of the six individual winners.

People can enter themselves or be nominated.  Individual categories will cover a nominee’s achievements over the previous 18 months (that is, 1 November 2012 to 30 April 2014), while a club or organisation’s track record can embrace the decade ending 31 December 2013.

The deadline for nominations is next Thursday, 26 June.

Guest speaker at the gala will be sportsman, media commentator and motivational speaker Max Walker.

Mr Walker played 85 senior VFL games with the Melbourne Football Club while simultaneously pursuing his cricketing career.

A stint playing 70 Sheffield Shield matches for Victoria was rewarded with national selection in 1972/73, sharing the Australian dressing room with such legends of the game as Ian and Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh, Jeff Thomson and Doug Walters.

Mr Walker was an early signature to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket revolution, later becoming the face and voice of multi-million dollar marketing campaigns and enjoying 16 years as host of the Nine Network’s Wide World of Sports programs.

Away from the sporting field, he qualified from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Fellowship Diploma of Architecture and practised as an architect for 10 years.  

Mr Walker is a highly successful author with 14 books to his name including seven number one best sellers.

Today, he leads The Max Walker Company as its Chief Executive Officer, in demand as a consultant and speaker at award events, workshops, formal dinners and galas.

For information on how to nominate for the awards, or to download a form, go to www.loddon.vic.gov.au