Wollongong Diocesan school sports star wins prestigious Vince Villa Award

Sport News | Wollongong Diocesan school sports star wins prestigious Vince Villa Award

Posted 13 February 2020 by Catholic Education in Sport News

St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown student - Amy Sligar - was the recipient of the prestigious Vince Villa award at the recent 23rd NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) Blue Awards evening, staged at St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong on Monday 3 February.

Amy was recognised as the most outstanding female athlete across all sports for 2019. Amy represented NSWCCC and NSW All Schools Netball for the past three years. Her outstanding performances resulted in her selection in the Australian Schools Netball team. Amy has also been selected in the Australian Schools AFL team, highlighting her versatility and athletic prowess. Amy was a worthy recipient of this most prestigious award and responded with some inspiring words on behalf of all athletes. 

The evening included the presentation of awards and recognition of the top students in all sports from NSW Catholic Secondary Schools and Colleges. The sporting achievements of over 55 students were recognised, with six students from the Wollongong Diocese being acknowledged. 

The two highest achieving boys and girls from each sport are judged by the NSWCCC Blues committee taking into account their 2019 achievements, which often involves NSWCCC, NSW All Schools and Australian representation. The Blues Awards is the culmination of a busy year and is a great advertisement for the sporting pathways available to students in Wollongong Diocesan Schools. 

2019 NSWCCC Blue Award winners from Wollongong Diocese were:

Guest speaker on the evening was Australian Paralympic swimmer Tim Hodge, a past student of Patrician Brothers, Blacktown. Tim has competed in the Rio 2016 Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the World Para-Swimming Championships in London. He currently holds 56 Australian Age and Open records in the S9 and SB8 categories.

Tim provided some strong messages to our athletes and parents showing the importance of setting goals, working hard and the need to enjoy your sporting experiences.

The evening was well supported, with five Diocesan Directors, representatives from Catholic School NSW, many school principals and all NSWCCC conveners and Diocesan sporting representatives. Mr Peter Hill, Director of Schools, Diocese of Wollongong presented awards to our Wollongong student winners. 

St Mary’s Star of the Sea College, Wollongong hosted the event with many students and staff contributing to the success of the evening. 

The NSWCCC Blues Awards are a great advertisement for the sporting talent and pathways we have in our schools. We congratulate our Wollongong students on their fine achievements.

NSWCCC Blues Awards

Back row: Omar Matar (Edmund Rice College, West Wollongong – AFL), Scott Ashcroft (NSWCCC Triathlon Convener), Mr Peter Hill (Director of Schools,

Front row: Natalie Sligar (St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown  – Netball), Lucy Cliff (Holy Spirit College, Bellambi – Triathlon), Amy Sligar (St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown  – Netball), Absent Jayme Millard (Holy Spirit College, Bellambi – Football)


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