In continuing our series previewing the individuals nominated for the inaugural Charter Hall Community Spirit Award this year, hear what West Harbour, Two Blues, Southern Districts and Warringah rugby clubs had to say about their chosen nominees.
Sinakilea Strickland – West Harbour
Sina has been a star within the Colts setup, organising all the training equipment, jerseys and water for all three teams. Being a mother to 10 children, Sina brings a beautiful motherly presence to everything that she does. The Colts boys feel they can chat to Sina about anything, whether that be rugby related or another facet of their life. Sina is a strong advocate for cultural activities within the Club and often sets up evenings such as Island Night.
Promoting equality within a culturally diverse Club is something Sina works on constantly, whilst also ensuring that everyone in our Club can have open and honest conversations whenever necessary.
Samantha Pethybridge – Western Sydney Two Blues
Sam works incredibly hard to ensure the Club provides a first-class matchday experience for all visitors and supporters. Sam takes charge of all things food and beverage, often taking time during her full-time work schedule to place orders and stock take, ensuring everything is ready for the weekend. Sam also manages the Club’s member lunches on matchday and ensures our guests are well catered for and experience the cuisine that the Two Blues community have to offer. Sam operates completely selflessly and is a key part of our club's success in 2022.
Brian Carney – Southern Districts
Brian puts the club first in all that he does, whether that be mowing the lawns surrounding Forshaw Rugby Park or assisting the Treasurer in all financial duties. Whatever Brian assists with is completed to the highest quality and with great pride, embodying what it means to be a part of our community. Brian naturally makes everyone feel welcome, whether you be a Rebels fanatic or an opposition fan. His kindness is why we proudly station him at the front entrance at every home game, ensuring all visitors feel genuinely welcomed as they visit our facilities.
Robert Miller – Warringah
As First and Second Grade team manager, Robert does everything with a well-mannered attitude and is always on hand for anyone who requires him. After playing around 150-grade games for both Manly and Warringah, Robert has continued to contribute to our club and the wider Shute Shield community well beyond his playing years. Robert is always the first to volunteer, meeting new players and encouraging involvement within the club. Robert’s contributions make every facet of the club more successful and he is a special part of our organisation.