Warwick volunteer recognised as states best
POLOCROSSE: In a room full of Queensland sporting royalty, the Warwick Polocrosse held its own bringing home two awards at the prestigious event.
Honouring sporting success throughout 2019, the QSport awards recognised volunteers, officials and athletes talent throughout the year.
Warwick Polocrosse president Les Fraser was awarded a Service to Sport award, while his wife Robyn was named Volunteer of the Year.
While the win came as a surprise to Mrs Fraser, it is one she said was great for the sport as a whole.
“Being an amateur sport, going to those kinds of presentation night is quite daunting,” Fraser said.
“You’re competing against such a line-up of professional sports, to get two of the three awards that we were nominated was just incredible.”
The 2019 Adina Polocrosse World Cup was a finalist for Queensland Event of the Year, narrowly missing out to the Brisbane International event.
“We were one of the six events across Queensland to be nominated for event of the year, and all of the other nominations were in and around the Brisbane area,” she said.
“From a regional point of view, the fact that we could compete with professional city events was phenomenal.
“As an amateur sport, we were tickled to bits that we got in that main category.”
While Fraser was awarded volunteer of the year, it’s an award she said wouldn’t have been possible without the others who gave their time to running the World Cup.
“To run the World Cup that we ran in April there was 16,000 hours of time that the volunteers put into the event,” she said.
“While some of them came from as far as the United Kingdom and South Africa, a lot of them were from the east coast of Australia.”
As the state’s oldest polocrosse club, Fraser said the recognition for the sport will only help it continue to grow – even at home in Warwick.
“The world cup really introduced at lot of people to the sport of polocrosse and I would say that a percentage of the shire hadn’t really watch the sport before,” she said.
“The number of calls and texts that I’ve had since I won the award prove that it will make people aware that it was a major event.
“I’ve had people say to me that they’d never been to a polocrosse game before but now they won’t miss them.”