On Friday 23 November, the Diocesan Sports Council staged the 22nd Annual CDF Sports Awards to recognise the outstanding achievements of students from primary and secondary schools across the Diocese.
The evening proudly sponsored by the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) attracted over 500 guests to St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong.
It was a fitting culmination to a busy sporting year and a positive advertisement for the pathways and structures now available to our students and teachers.
Bishop Brian Mascord attended the evening, along with Peter Turner, Director of Schools; Tony Sanderson, General Manager of the Catholic Development Fund; Catholic Education Office Team Leaders; Principals; Sports Coordinators and staff.
Over 130 students and 9 teams were presented on the night with the most outstanding awards.
"A great year for healthy competition, teamwork, sportsmanship.
A year of tremendous achievements and fond memories."
CDF Sports Awards, 1997-2018
Father Ward Trophy - Outstanding Girl Primary Sport
Delta Amidzovski - St Paul’s, Albion Park
John Gamble Trophy - Outstanding Boy Primary Sport
Sonny Edwards - St John the Evangelist, Campbelltown
2018 Para Athlete of the year
Luke Small - Magdalene, Narellan
Terry White Trophy - Outstanding Secondary Sportswoman
MacKenzie Hawkesby - St Mary Star of the Sea, Wollongong
Bishop Mascord Trophy - Outstanding Secondary Sportsman
Rhys Dewick - John Therry, Rosemeadow
West Tigers Rugby League Captain Chris Lawrence was the guest speaker on the evening. Chris was interviewed by his sister Emma, a sports journalist for WIN.
Both Chris and Emma are ex-students from Mary Immaculate, Eagle Vale - with Emma completing a media and communications degree after finishing her secondary schooling at Mt Carmel, Varroville.
Both Chris and Emma provided strong messages to our athletes and parents showing the importance of setting goals, persistence and working hard. Chris emphasised the importance of enjoying your sporting days and ensuring you make plans for your life after sport.
The Vince Villa Trophy was awarded to the champion secondary schools across all sports in 2018 with St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong winning the girls trophy, Edmund Rice College, West Wollongong winning the boys trophy and for the eleventh year running, Holy Spirit College, Bellambi winning the overall champion secondary school across all sports.
PICTURED: MAJOR AWARD WINNERS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Back row: John Gamble, Tony Sanderson, Bishop Mascord, Chris Lawrence, Peter Turner and John Sparks
Front row: Colleen Easton (Principal, St Paul’s, Albion Park - accepting award for Delta Amidzovski), Sonny Edwards (St John the Evangelist, Campbelltown), Luke Small (Magdalene, Narellan), MacKenzie Hawkesby (St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong) and Rhys Dewick (John Therry, Rosemeadow)
Shoalhaven students recognised by Wollongong Diocese, South Coast Register
CEDoW acknowledges and thanks the Catholic Development Fund for their continued financial support of the Annual CDF Sports Awards, sponsoring the event now for 22 years.