December 6th was the last Sunday Training for 2015 and it took place in the glorious summer sunshine at Moore Parklands opposite our usual venue at Sydney Boys High School, with over 40 members arriving to honour the year gone and Freezone’s achievements.
The sun was out, the BBQ was set and the new outdoor nets that we have purchased from Gregor Salvin at www.beachvolleyball.com.au were a treat to have on the day as we prepped ourselves for a wonderful afternoon of sunshine, lawn volleyball, snags and burgers with a few choice beverages on hand.
The Presentation side of things got off to a flying start with a big thank you to the Freezone Committee whose energy and drive were noted and recognised by Mdm President herself. It was wonderful to have most of the committee on hand to receive the recognition for the work achieved this year.
2015 has taken the club to record heights with our biggest Tournament ever in October, multiple teams in State Cups across mutliple divisions this year, representations at BHV Regional and Sydney Cups, Melbourne Spikers and Good Neighbour Tournaments and even representation at the AVL level. We have grown in number and begun to incorporate more membership benefits and a wider net of members via interstate connections as well as our regular Wednesday night training sessions with our coach Oscar Konakoff.
It was great to have 2 of our Life Members at the event with Barry Webb and Julias Grant in attendance. The long history of the club began with Barry and it was an honour to have him on hand to present one of the awards. Similarly, it was great to have the ‘Grande Dame’ in Julias Grant who still continues to play competitively into his ‘junior years’. We are very fortunate to have such iconic representations of our history still in touch with the club.
New faces abounded at the social day and it was encouraging to see some faces returning, including some of our international contingent and newer pe0ple who have not been here long, coming and enjoying the frivolities.
The 2015 Premier and Executive Awards were handed out as well with Executive Awards receiving honorary Club Membership as well as SVNSW Membership covered by the club in recognition for contributions and individual achievement. Our Premier Awards also receive complimentary Club Membership.
Best Freezoner – Laurent Auclair
Most Valuable Player – Dave Beliveau
Presidents Award – JM Montellano
Best Newbie – Scott Baker
Most Improved – Mercury J.Bride
Supporters Award – Zara Malakool
And as the year wound to a close, we partied on into the evening and those few left standing did the club proud, tripping the light fantastic at multiple venues in the Sydney Sunday evening glow.
As always, we are grateful and proud to be associated with our primary sponsor ACON who have continued to help fund the club’s activities and show us support in our LGBTQI community.
We are looking forward to the new year with a great excitement with our popular tournaments set to continue, representations at our many tournaments and also many more social activities to get involved with.
We wish all a safe and wonderful festive season and hope that the new year brings you all back to the gym, healthy, wonderfully wistful and eager for more action!
Safe and happy holidays all!