AWARDS - CLUB OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS (BENNETT SHIELD)

THE BENNETT SHIELD (Club of the Year with more than 50 members)
 
2016 Winner: AU Volleyball Club

President, Dan Vincent has continued to lead this competent club through a transition period in 2016. The club was an active participant at workshops, as well as AU Sport run events. A strong presence in coach and volunteer award nominations shows that the club has a highly valued culture, which it hopes to continue in the future.

In a tight contest, Volleyball came out on top due to their strong on and off field work during the year.


2015 Winner: AU Scuba Diving

It was a year of huge growth and development for the AU Scuba Club, giving them their first ever nomination for Club of the Year.
 
Committee members attended the inaugural AU Sport club development workshops, focusing on club planning and conflict resolution, which is assisting them, develop a club Strategic Plan. They also created a Risk Management Plan and Code of Conduct, transitioned to the AU Sport online payment system and greatly assisted AU Sport in writing a successful grant application to the Office for Recreation and Sport and the Student Services and Amenity Fee Funding committee, to secure funding for renovations to the West Beach change rooms and toilets.
 
For the first time, the club has also expanded its activities to include a competitive element, with the introduction of an AU Scuba Club Underwater Rugby team. The committee presented a proposal to AU Sport, undertook a risk assessment with the assistance of The UofA Legal and Risk team and implemented a strategy for the team, to be known as the AUSC White Pointers.

Project: Fit-out for a tank rack in the new club boat and shelter for club boats.

2014 Winner: AU Volleyball

The Volleyball Club has undergone dramatic changes, both administratively and competitively, in 2014.
 
In a list of firsts, the club has created and managed a new website, made the transition to the AU Sport on line membership system and brought the club uniforms in line with AU Sport’s uniform guidelines.  It also developed a number of club policies such as a Code of Behaviour, a Risk Management Plan and a Succession Plan.
 
For the first time its history, the club entered teams in the Volleyball SA State League competition, fielding two men’s team and one women’s team.  It was the only Adelaide University sport that medalled at both the Southern University Games and the Australian University Games in 2014.   

Project: A vertical jump tester for plyometric training and on-campus recruitment events.

2013 Winner: AU Judo
 
The AU Judo Club continued its growth from 2012, where it was nominated for Club of the Year for its administration improvements and successful inter-varsity results.
 
The Club began the process of creating a healthier environment for Committee members, through the development of committee descriptions and a commitment to providing developmental support for them.  The club also recently reviewed and updated their Constitution, as well as created a Risk Management Plan and a Code of Behaviour – something many clubs lack. 
 
The Club had one representative at the Australian University Games, Chun Li, who not only won Gold for his weight division, but was also awarded Green and Gold honours, as well as a bronze medallist, Meera Verma, at the National championships.

Project: Additional mats for club training.
 
2012 Winner: AU Boat
 
The AU Boat Club continues to grow as a professionally managed club.  It has achieved a successful year on the water at state, national and international level, as well as developing the Boat Shed as a Function Centre, hosting numerous Club events, developing/rewarding club personnel with presentations and Blues nominations, actively applying for grants and developing club materials, including a strategic plan, succession plan and an elite coaching plan.
 
The Club had its most successful University Games, winning the Overall Trophy and the Oxford and Cambridge Cup for men’s eights for the third time in the last four years.  The Club also actively promoted itself through a well-maintained website, newsletter/magazine and on-campus events/stalls.

Project: Repair and installation of new oar racks for the West Lakes shed.