Volunteering is essential to the growth of sporting communities worldwide. This year, we have three finalists for our annual Student Volunteer of the Year award presented at the Blues Awards.
Payas Bidwai - Adelaide University Cricket Club
Payas has been a keen member and volunteer for the Adelaide University Cricket Club for a year and a half. He has made two orientation presentations on behalf of Adelaide University Sport to the international student community sharing his experience of the benefits of playing sports and being involved with an Adelaide University Sport program while studying at the University of Adelaide.
At club level, Payas has volunteered his time and attended all recruitment events, manning the club’s spaces at O'Week, Clubs in the Hub and Open Days. He has been a role model for our international students in club’s Rock Up Cricket program as both a player and a mentor. Payas is always encouraging and helpful to International Students looking at getting involved in a sporting club, whether that be as a player or volunteer.
As a highliy skilled player, he'll also be representing University of Adelaide in the upcoming UniSport T20 Nationals in November 2019 and won the Adelaide Uni Cricket Club Cricketer of the Year 2018-19.
Amy Brooks-Birve - Uni Nationals Div 1 and 2 Basketball
Without Amy’s assistance, Adelaide University Sport would not have had a UniSport Nations men’s basketball team this year. This team managed to not only win Nationals Div 2 midway through the year, they also qualified for Div 1 as a result and won that competition as well. Amy participated at the 2018 National’s event for Touch football, but this year volunteered for the basketball men. Due to her connections in the basketball community, she assisted in linking Tom Sharpe with a number of top quality players who formed the bases of the National Div 2 team.
Amy organised trainings with the team before the event and supported the Div 2 as Coach and Team Manager where the team won the Gold. As the team had qualified for Div 1, she stepped aside as Coach for a more qualified person and supported the team and University staff as the team’s manager Div 1. This required her to support the coach and team, as well as be the link between UniSport Competition Mangers and Adelaide University Sport staff.
Nicholas Maegraith - University of Adelaide Roma’s
Without having a Rugby background, Nick went above and beyond in his role as an intern for Adelaide University Sport and the University of Adelaide Roma's. Nick attended Roma’s trainings, gym sessions, games and regularly worked in the office in the Adelaide University Sport office, keen to take on new tasks whenever possible and help where he could.
He interviewed players for feature stories and produced high quality round preview and recap stories, as well as assisting with a lot of social media content production. Nick even MCed on the days of the Roma's home rounds at the last minute and was a fan favourite. Nick also offered to assist with both marketing and general duties outside of the bounds of his internship to assist Adelaide University Sport, always keen to help, learn and bring a happy attitude to the office.
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We hope to see you all at the Blues Awards on December 4 at the National Wine Centre to congratulate and thank our finalists and award winners. Click here to purchase a ticket or learn more about the event.