Sandhu wins acclaim

MINCHINBURY cricketer Gurinder Sandhu bowled over nominees at the 31st Blacktown City Sports Awards at Rooty Hill RSL.

He was named Blacktown City's Sportsperson of year after an outstanding year.

Sandhu, 20 was one of the stand out players for cellar dwellers Sydney Thunder in the recent KFC Big Bash competition and was the man of the match in Thunder's only win of the season.

He has represented NSW in the Sheffield Shield and the Ryobi Cup and was awarded Cricket NSW's Steve Waugh Medal for Best Player of the Year in 2013.

Sandhu is the youngest player to ever to win the medal.

About 60 people — women, men, young people, administrators and coaches — were nominated for an award across nine categories, with 24 sports represented.

Blacktown mayor Len Robinson congratulated all the nominees.

"Winner or not, you should all be so proud to have been nominated. I wish each of you the best of luck in your future sporting endeavours," he said.

Olympic swimmer Geoff Huegill was the guest speaker on the night.

Other award winners —

Sports coach of the year: Shalvey Public School rugby league coach Mark Titheradge.

Sports administrator of the year: Lisa Ann Thorn of Seven Hills — soccer.

Junior sportsperson of the Year: Raquel Roukos of Oakhurst — athletics.

Sports volunteer of the year: Nathan Mahoney of Quakers Hill — cricket.

Under-12 encouragement awards: Eric Tripathi of Blacktown, Olivia Rayment of Kellyville Ridge and Sylvia Musel of Marayong

Junior encouragement awards: Daniel Robertson of Glendenning, Edwyn Ramos of Glenwood and Lauren Thompson.

Team of the Year: Chifley College Shalvey under-14s Buckley Shield rugby league.

The Mayoral Shield: Louis Xuereb — Netball

■Nominations for the 2014 Sports Awards season are now open. Details: blacktown .nsw.gov.au

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