Squash star Cameron Pilley is one sportsman who might be nominated for the end of year Clarence Valley Sports Award.
Squash star Cameron Pilley is one sportsman who might be nominated for the end of year Clarence Valley Sports Award. Adam Hourigan

Clarence Valley Sports Awards to make a great return

THEY'RE back - with a twist.

The Daily Examiner has joined forces with the Clarence Valley and Lower Clarence sports councils to unearth the Clarence Valley Sports Awards.

As part of the nomination process the DEX will run a regular feature showcasing the junior and senior Sports Star of the Month.

Readers would remember the Sports Star of the Week. This will be similar but with a fresh design, and being monthly, will pack more punch and give the recognition greater merit.

Just 10 monthly winners means the standard will be set high.

Each of the monthly stars will then be in the running to be named Sportsperson of the Year at the awards held towards the end of 2014.

The idea to create the awards spawned from a Lower Clarence Sports Council concern that the once prestigious Ernie Muller Award had lost its prominence in the community.

The awards night will provide an ideal stage to revive the accolade for leadership in sport administration in the Lower Clarence with the attention it deserves.

"It stemmed from a discussion with Lower Clarence about the Ernie Muller Award," Clarence Valley Deputy Mayor and chairperson of the sports councils Craig Howe said.

"It turned into a collaboration between the two sports councils and The Daily Examiner to create a whole new sports awards.

"The awards are a way to keep the Ernie Muller Award alive while also reinstating and reinvigorating The Daily Examiner Sport Star of the Year."

Several other awards will be incorporated into the event, including the likelihood of a yet-to-be-named Clarence Valley equivalent for volunteer of the year.

A working committee is in the process of ironing out the details including a complete list of awards; which will likely include junior and senior team and coach of the year and presentations for The Daily Examiner Shield competitions.

The committee consists of Bruce Green, Tim Ryan and Hariet Woodrow from the Lower Clarence Sports Council, Paul Dougherty, Terry West and Bruce Carle from the Clarence Valley Sports Council, Craig Howe, myself and The Daily Examiner sport colleague Matthew McInerney.

Full details on the nomination and selection process will be revealed closer to the date of the announcement of the first monthly winners in January.

In the meantime feel free to email sport@dailyexaminer.com.au with your nominations for the junior and senior sports stars for the month of January or pass on your ideas for the awards to any of the committee members.

The opportunity also exists for the sports awards naming rights, sponsors for each of the perpetual shields and advertising packages for the Sports Star of the Month features in The Daily Examiner.

Ernie Muller Memorial Sports Award   ERNIE Muller was widely respected and known as "the big Pom", and with no kids of his own he contributed heavily to Lower Clarence sport.   Muller was instrumental in stirring up the initial interest in the development of Yamba Sports Complex.   The award for Leadership in Administration of Sport was initiated in 1993 when Ernie Muller passed away. No person was to receive it more than once. A memorial stands at the 7th hole at Yamba Golf Club.   Recipients of the Ernie Muller Award 1993 David Lloyd 1994 Ken Moran 1995 Bruce Green 1996 Frank Blunn 1997 Ron Grainger 1998 Jim Baird & Phil Dawson 1999 Pat Battersby 2000 Kay Smith 2001 Chris Douglas 2002 Tim McMahon 2003 Jim Simmons 2004 Harold Kratz 2005 Bill McCarron 2006 DC (Colin) Marsh 2007 Kim Whitney 2008 Rob Hodson 2009 Gary Anderson 2010 Eulalie Hayes   CLARENCE VALLEY SPORTS AWARDS   STARTING in January, The Daily Examiner will publish the winner of each Junior and Senior Sportsperson of the Month.   An overall Junior and Senior Sportsperson of the Year will be decided from the list of 10 winners by a panel of judges.   People are encouraged to nominate sportspeople from the Clarence Valley who have achieved at a high level in their chosen sport.   Send nominations for January to sport@dailyexaminer.com.au.

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