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Photo: Belinda Ross and Lockie Cameron from Albany Sharks Football Club who was accepting the Mike Stidwell Award on behalf of Tracy Blaszkow (unable to attend).

Albany Sharks Football and Sporting Club President Tracy Blaszkow was awarded the prestigious Mike Stidwell Medal, while local Denmark volunteer Belinda Ross won the Great Southern Service to Sport Award.

Tracy has been involved with the Albany Sharks since 2015 as secretary, treasurer and now club president, and is incredibly well-respected by her industry peers.

She is a strong advocate for pioneering change within her club and championing members’ wellbeing. During her short reign as president, she has transformed the relatively new club, helping establish a positive and inclusive culture for all.

Tracy is the 23rd recipient of the Mike Stidwell Medal which honours the memory of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ former Regional Manager and his selfless and long-term contribution to sport and recreation in the region.

Belinda is only the second recipient to receive the Department’s Great Southern Service to Sport Award which recognises the significant and invaluable contribution by a volunteer to a local sport or recreation club or organisation.

Belinda’s passion for sport and recreation in her local community is evident in her tireless work across multiple sports in Denmark.

She founded the local athletics and running clubs, and volunteers with the junior football, junior basketball, and cricket clubs.

National Volunteer Week runs from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May 2022 under the theme 'Better Together'. 

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Page reviewed 06 May 2022