Longtime volunteer with the Tuggeranong Vikings Lawn Bowls Club, Reg Bates exemplifies all that is positive about community sport. Reg up until recently had been the secretary of the Lawn Bowls club for 15 years, like many volunteers working 7 days a week undertaking all manner of tasks.
He was one of 5 major award winners at the Vikings Group Annual Sports Awards night with the focus on the contributions of local athletes, coaches and volunteers to the Canberra sporting community.
The Vikings Group supports 51 sporting clubs in South Canberra including the Tuggeranong Vikings Water Polo Club, the Ni Bonchi Judo club and the Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby Union club.
Reg is thankful that the Lawn Bowls club is also supported by the Vikings Group. “I am a proud member of the Vikings family, I thank them for their generous support, without it there would be no bowling club,” he said.
This pretty much sums up the vital role the Vikings Group plays in the community. Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill says it’s important to recognise the achievements of many within that community. “Our ongoing support and acknowledgement of the achievements of our local sports people is an important focus of ours, and we hope to continue this throughout the year,” he said.
Other award winners on the night were cricketer Tim Floros who won the Outstanding Senior Athlete Achievement Award, Mike Barber who was named the outstanding coach, Blake Jones the Outstanding Junior Athlete while the Best Team Performance award went to Samantha Thomas and Valeria Volkova.
In addition to the Sports Awards, ten scholarships were presented to local Tuggeranong Valley athletes to help them reach their ongoing sporting goals.
Since it’s inception, the Vikings Group has given over $850,000 to more than 600 athletes.
Anthony Hill says the community benefits through the efforts of those involved in sport. “It’s an honour to be surrounded by very passionate and talented individuals, we’re looking forward to seeing how they progress in the future”.