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Presentation to Griffith recipients of Commonwealth Sport Achievement Awards.

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20 November 2006 PRESENTATION TO GRIFFITH RECIPIENTS OF COMMONWEALTH SPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS The Nationals Member for Riverina, Kay Hull, together with Griffith City Council General Manager Peter Brooks and Mayor Dino Zappacosta will formally present the Griffith recipients of the Commonwealth Sports Achievement Award with their certificates tomorrow. The presentation will take place at Griffith City Council in Benerembah Street at 3.30pm (Tuesday November 21). Mrs Hull announced the successful recipients earlier this month. “These awards are about recognising the efforts of local residents maintaining and developing local sport for people of all ages,” Mrs Hull said. Mrs Hull said that without these dedicated players and volunteers at local sporting clubs many of the local events would not continue. * Glenn Watkins has been recognised as the Australian national champion and best performing boater in the 2006 model power boat championships. He competed at the national championships at Finley in May this year. * Jeff McKenna was nominated for his efforts as a cricketer and administrator over many years in Griffith. He is president of the Griffith Cricket Association and has been involved in cricket administration, junior coaching and development. He is an inaugural member of the executive of the 2005 Griffith Sports Council. * Bart Brighenti has been honoured for his efforts being named the Commonwealth and national champion in five stand shooting at championships in Wagga in May 2005-06. He was the winner of the Griffith Sports’ Council Sportsperson of the Year in 2005. * Liz Graham is golfer who won 130 tournaments at district and regional championships. She was runner-up in NSW senior championships in 2006 and winner of the ACT championship cup autumn meeting. * Brian Wallet was the president of Griffith Boat Club for 18 years. He is an administrator who actively promoted jet sprint races in Griffith and succeeded in having the right to hold a round of the world championships in Griffith 2006. * Ron Inglis has committed 50 years service to junior rugby league including as a coach, mentor and president. For further information contact Rosie Ellis on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.