THE commitment of Belinda Holt to touch football in the Shoalhaven has once again be recognised, at the recent NSW Touch Football awards presentation.
Held on August 29 via Zoom, Nowra-Shoalhaven Touch Association's Holt was one of 26 individuals awarded a 2019/20 NSW Touch Blue Award.
"The award means a lot to me," Holt said.
"To be recognised by NSW Touch Association is a great honour for the work that I put into the Nowra-Shoalhaven Touch Association."
This recognition, which comes 12 months after Holt was presented with a NSW Touch Distinguished Service Award, came as a complete surprise to Holt.
"I received a message telling me to check my emails," she said.
"I had no idea I was being nominated and was nominated by a member of the NSW Touch Association - so that was pretty special.
"The award I got last year was for services to NSWTA over 25 years.
"This Blues Award is for what I do on a local level.
"I'm stoked and honoured to be recognised for what I do for our local touch community.
"Of course I don't do it all on my own, there is a great team doing it with me."
While Holt has obviously done a huge amount for the sport in the region, she admits the sport had given her just as much in return.
"I've played sport for a huge amount of my life and was always grateful to the organisers and people behind the scenes," she said.
"I knew that when my playing days came to an end, I wanted to be involved in our local club.
"I also wanted to see representative touch make a comeback into the area so, slowly, I am working towards that.
"I am happy when I see people happy playing sport and watching them realised their potential - I get a kick out of that."
The other 25 individuals to receive a NSW Touch Blue alongside Holt were Joanne Banks (City of Orange), Kelsey Deeves (Leeton), Rebecca Hallum (Gulgong), Tracye Kitchingham (Sydney Scorpions), Cathy Goodlock (City of Orange), Bradley Toole (Bogan), Geoff Pensini (Taree), Jared Constable (Wollongong), Garry Collins (Parramatta), Noel Huggett (Parkes), Lara Long (Manly), Melinda Scranage (Manly), John Moujalli (Hills), Kane Thorburn (Bankstown), Julie Wiseman (Maitland), Caroline Braddick (Canterbury), Joel Caine (Taren Point), Sheree Donkin (Ryde Eastwood), Sue McGrath (Parkes), Wayne McKenzie (Sydney Mets), Michael Donaghy (Sydney Scorpions), Adam Parsonage (Eastern Suburbs), Tony Calabria (Wollongong), Daniel Gardiner (Bankstown) and Jordan Parsonage (Norths).
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