The most significant achievements on and off the sporting fields were recognised as part of the Griffith City Council Australia Day celebrations with Senior, and Junior Sportspeople announced alongside Team of the Year and Club Person of the Year on Friday.
Blake Argus’ achievements on the AFL field have again be recognised as he picked up the junior award.
It’s the second time his hard work on and off the field has been recognised in the last 12 months after he was selected in the All Australian team chosen from the under 15s Australian National Championships in Perth in June.
“In a sport that is usually dominated by children from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, Argus was the sole representative from the entire NSW team to be selected in the all Australian team. He is also a member of the Greater Western Sydney Giants academy,” Award presenter Luke Testoni said before he handed Blake his award.
Blake thanked his parents, Griffith Swans, Griffith City Council, Griffith Exies and Leagues Club for all their support.
Team of the Year
The Griffith under 15s representative netball side picked up the honour after their successful trip up to Campbelltown in July.
The side was able to defeat Temora, Gunnedah, Young, Narrabri, Sapphire Coast, Tumut, Narrandera, Cowra, Forbes, Wollondilly, Armidale, Macleay, Cessnock, Goulburn and Mudgee.
The girls quickly dominated all areas of the court to take their final game over Mudgee winning by 15 points, and securing the State Championship.
Club Person of the Year
After not only showing dedication to the sport of cricket in the last years but over many decades the contributions from Gordon Browne has been recognised with the Club Person of the Year award.
After more than 60 years of service to the sport of cricket in Griffith and the surrounding area, Gordon Browne was awarded Distinguished Long Service Award from Sports NSW mid-way through last year.
Since first becoming involved with the Griffith Cricket Association in 1962, where he was president through the 70s, Mr Browne then moved through the ranks to become a representative at Murrumbidgee Cricket and was the chairperson for 25 years before stepping down earlier this year.
As well being an administrator, Mr Browne is known for his work his does out in the middle as both a curator and an umpire. He has curated four turf wickets around Griffith for many years and played an integral role in getting two wickets into the showground and at Ted Scobie Oval.