Wellington Hockey Club is in the running for the Community Sporting Club of the Year at next week’s Victorian Government Community Sport and Recreation Awards.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing MP today congratulated the Wellington Hockey Club, which has been selected as a finalist from hundreds of other nominations for its significant contribution to community sport.

From our smallest clubs and associations right through to the world stage of the MCG, Victoria has a well-deserved reputation as the sporting capital of the world.

Ms Shing has congratulated the Wellington Hockey Club for its tireless work to increase community participation in the sport and to welcome people of all ages and abilities to the game.

Local sports clubs enable families and communities to connect, encourage young athletes to do their very best both on and off the field, and help to create life-long memories and friendships. This happens in large part because of the work and support provided by staff and community volunteers who frequently go above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best possible sporting experiences for participants.

The winner in each category will receive $3000, while two runners up in each field will be awarded $1000. Additionally, Minister for Sport John Eren will hand out a special Minister’s Award for outstanding achievement by an individual, club or organisation.

The 2015 Community Sport and Recreation Awards will be held next Monday at the MCG.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

“Wellington Hockey Club is a fantastic example of a community club that has created lasting, inclusive and healthy change for everyone irrespective of age, ability, background or experience.”

“The members and representatives of the Club are to be congratulated on being recognised yet again for their work to promote hockey and good health, in a safe, inclusive and fun environment.”

Quotes attributable Minister for Sport, John Eren

“Grassroots sport connects our towns and communities, but it wouldn’t be the great environment it is without organisations like Wellington Hockey Club.”

“Our status as the sporting capital of the world doesn’t happen by chance. This is our opportunity to pay tribute to those that make sport in Victoria great.”