Cricketer bowls over competition for award

MINCHINBURY cricketer Gurinder Sandhu bowled over nominees at the 31st Blacktown City Sports Award at Rooty Hill RSL on Friday night.

He was crowned Blacktown City's Sportsperson of Year after an outstanding season.

Sandhu, 20, was one of the standout players for cellar dwellers Sydney Thunder in the recent KFC Big Bash competition and was the man of the match in the Thunder's only win of the season.

He has represented the NSW Blues in the Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup and was awarded Cricket NSW's Steve Waugh Medal for best player of the Year in 2013 — the youngest player to win the medal.

Almost 60 women, men, young people, administrators and coaches were nominated for an award across nine categories with 24 sports represented.

Blacktown mayor Len Robinson congratulated all the nominees.

"Winner or not, you should all be so proud to have been nominated. I wish each of you the best of luck in your future sporting endeavours," he said.

Dual Olympic swimmer Geoff Huegill was the guest speaker on the night.

Nominations for the 2014 Sports Awards season are now open.

The other winners were: 

Sports Coach of the Year:

 Mark Titheradge of Penrith (representing Shalvey Public School) –   Rugby League

Sports Administrator of the Year:

 Lisa Ann Thorn of Seven Hills - Soccer

Junior Sportsperson of the Year:

 Raquel Roukos of Oakhurst - Athletics

Sports Volunteer of the Year:

  Nathan Mahoney of Quakers Hill - Cricket

Under 12 Encouragement Awards:

 Eric Tripathi of  Blacktown, Olivia Rayment of Kellyville Ridge and Sylvia Musel of Marayong - Tennis

Junior Encouragement Awards: 

Daniel Robertson of Glendenning, Edwyn Ramos of Glenwood and Lauren Thompson of Beecroft (representing Sydney Academy of Gymnastics at Seven Hills) - Baseball

Blacktown City Team of the Year:

 Chifley College (Shalvey Campus) U14 Buckley Shield Rugby League Team

The Mayoral Shield: 

Louis Xuereb - Netball

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