Ballarat has a fine reputation as a sporting city, evidence of this is seen in the continually rising standards of finalists in this award. As the level of sporting achievement world wide has risen inexorably, the performances of the sportspeople of this City have more than kept abreast of these advances. Verification of this is that most finalists for 2012 have competed at international level and been successful or competitive at this elite level.
The difficulty faced by a Team Player in winning the Sportsperson of the Year is emphasised by the statistics which show that only a small percentage of previous winners have been in that category. Recognising this problem the Club decided that excellence in Team Sports should be rewarded and encouraged. The Hollioake Medallion is therefore a fitting tribute both to the recipient and to the person whose name it bears. Rex Hollioake has made an outstanding contribution to sport in the City of Ballarat, both on and off the field.
This Award was established because over many years, the Club has seen dedicated Ballarat coaches, mentors and trainers assist in the development and growth of sport within the region. The committee believes that the outstanding contribution and achievement of such people should be acknowledged and encouraged.
The ‘Widmer Award’ was inaugurated because the Committee felt that this is a fitting tribute to both the future recipients of the award and to the person whose name it bears, Life Member the late Alan Widmer. Alan was a true gentlemen whose heart and talent is woven into the Club’s history.
To win this prestigious award the young person must be under the age of seventeen when their performance was recorded. Over the years the standard of our young contestants has improved dramatically, evidenced by their success in State, National and World titles in a diverse variety of sports. The late Jack Wunhym, after whom the trophy is named, spent many years of his life in the watching and encouragement of Junior Sports people in more than one sport.
Recognising that there are many people in sporting organisations, who are playing a self-sacrificing role in sport, but receiving little recognition for their dedicated service, the committee of the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club inaugurated the Mackenzie Award. This was to be both a tribute to these people and to the monumental contribution to the BSC by the late Ken Mackenzie.
The recipient is a person who had made or is still making a major contribution to Ballarat sport, behind the actual scene of participation.