Support for young athletes

Jacob Cassar won the overall Deeble award for 2023.

At its annual awards night the Sunshine Western Region Sports Club announced a $20,000 initiative for young athletes in Melbourne’s west.

All 10 of its monthly Don Deeble winners were awarded a $2000 travel voucher thanks to the Deer Park Club’s support of the SWRSC.

The money will cover the cost when the athlete is travelling overseas or interstate for their sporting commitments, each year.

SWRSC president Barry Watson said the vouchers line up with the club’s mission statement, which is ‘to recognise and financially assist young people in the western suburbs with their chosen sport.’

“Some of our monthly Don Deeble winners are travelling to Thailand, China, USA, Bosnia and England to compete in tournaments,” he said. “Their parents are working hard to cover those costs.”

Deer Park Club vice president Steve Davey said on behalf of the club they were delighted to provide this support.

“We are so proud to be associated with such talented young individuals and right at this time we are in a position as a club to support them,” he said.

The additional support from the Deer Park Club takes the annual sponsorship for the sport club’s athletes to more than $50,000.

The Yarraville Club Cricket Club had been the major sponsor of the Don Deeble Award for nearly 20 years, which has allowed the club to donate more than $20,000 a year to its athletes.

The sports club meets on the last Wednesday each month at the Medway Golf Club for a dinner to recognise that month’s award recipient.