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Community Coach of the Year - Darrel Forrest

Darrel Forrest receives the Community Cricket Coach of the Year from Belinda Clark, AO

Queensland’s Darrel Forrest was named the Community Cricket Coach of the Year, as Australian cricket’s community champions were honoured at the second annual A Sport for All Community Cricket Awards last week in Melbourne. The award acknowledges a coach who exemplifies coaching The Australian Way, and someone who has gone out of their way to make sure that participants are supported to develop both their skills and a lifelong love of cricket.

Queensland’s Darrel Forrest was named the Community Cricket Coach of the Year, as Australian cricket’s community champions were honoured at the second annual A Sport for All Community Cricket Awards last week in Melbourne.

The award acknowledges a coach who exemplifies coaching The Australian Way, and someone who has gone out of their way to make sure that participants are supported to develop both their skills and a lifelong love of cricket.

Darrel has made an invaluable contribution to cricket in his community, as has fellow national nominee Phil Jenkins.

“Our award winners are fine examples of people going the extra mile, it was hard for the selection panel to choose these winners from such strong fields of community minded Australians who love cricket,” Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Community Cricket, Belinda Clark, said.

“Volunteers are at the heart of community sport and cricket is lucky to be the sport of choice for many volunteers. They make our sport better every day, by simply providing opportunities for people to play.”

Cooroy Cricket Club and the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association are where Darrel is heavily involved in the game.

A Level 2 accredited coach, Darrel continues to implement the Australian Way philosophy in his programs.

He coaches multiple entry-level programs, voluntarily coaches two representative teams across U12s and U14s, and is always looking for ways to make training fun and interesting to help players enjoy the game and develop their skills.

Phil has also been involved in coaching for many years, and is the current head coach of the Riverina Girls Academy and the key driver of the Thunder Girls Cricket League in Wagga Wagga.

He started the Wagga and District female competition, and has had a range of coaching roles at the local primary school, local club and representative levels.

The A Sport For All awards are held in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, celebrating the incredible contribution to the game of cricket by its volunteers, clubs and associations.

Twelve awards were on offer across the evening with the two finalists in each category selected from award recipients in each Australian State and Territory.

 

2018 A Sport For All Award Winners

Community Ambassador of the Year: Sam Atukorala (VIC)

Community Facility Project of the Year: Sheffield Cricket Club (TAS)

Community Official of the Year: Ron Buchholz (QLD)

Partner Organisation of the Year: New Horizons Club (TAS)

Community Cricket Coach of the Year: Darrel Forrest (QLD)

Premier Cricket Club of the Year: Adelaide University Cricket Club (SA)

Junior Cricket Program of the Year: Souths Junior Cricket Club (QLD)

Junior Cricket Champion of the Year: Rob Bailey (QLD)

Community Cricket Initiative of the Year: Ballardong Cricket Academy (WA)

Cricket Association of the Year: Orange District Junior Cricket Association (NSW)

Community Club of the Year: Edinburgh Cricket Club (VIC)

Volunteer of the Year: Jason Schmidt (TAS)

Recognition of Service: Ross Gregory and Donna Dalby