DUAL WINNERS: Petria Thomas with Tony Clarke from North Coast Academy of Sport
DUAL WINNERS: Petria Thomas with Tony Clarke from North Coast Academy of Sport

Academy boss applauded



PETRIA Thomas was not the only North Coast identity recognised at the 2004 NSW Sports Awards held at the Sydney Superdome.

In another major award category, Tony Clarke from North Coast Academy of Sport, won the 2004 NSW Sports Administrator of the Year.

Mr Clarke was nominated by NSW Sports Federation management and won the award despite being up against some very high profile Statewide sport administrators based in Sydney.

Asked how he felt about winning the award, Mr Clarke was quick to acknowledge the support of others involved with NCAS.

"If it weren't for the 70-plus volunteers regularly contributing to NCAS through any one of our 12 sport programs or various sub-regional and management committees, there is no way the NCAS would even exist." Mr Clarke said.

"When you have the pleasure of working with so many people volunteering their time to the NCAS as either a coach, manager or committee member, it's not hard to be enthused by their commitment, energy and efforts.

Having worked in various sports administration positions in both Victoria and Queensland before moving to the NSW North Coast to work at the academy, Mr Clarke was reflective on the impact his current position has had on him.

"With all of my previous jobs been related to sports facility and event management in major cities, it was an exciting and refreshing change to start working within the field of junior talent development across a regional environment," he said.

"What stands out most for me in working in a region that spans from Laurieton to Tweed Heads, is the role that junior sport plays in building our community, and the genuine spirit that North Coast families, sporting organisations and sponsors share in contributing to the success of our region's talented junior athletes."



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