300 people celebrated a night of achievement at the 2020 NSW State Teams Dinner last night. The night celebrated the players and officials selected in the 2020 NSW Teams together with highlighting the successes of 2019. Each player and officials were presented with their state team cap and their representative badge.
The night kicked off with the Official of the Year being announced and the award went to Kerrie Porter who had an outstanding 12 months coaching the Junior Aussie Spirit at the World Championship in addition to coaching the Aussie Peppers at the NPF but winning the Gilleys Shield capped the year for Kerrie.
Belinda Barnes (Nee Wright) was the first of 5 SNSW Hall of Fame inductees for the night. Belinda played for Lake Macquarie Association and represented NSW 2000 to 2009 and then again in 2015 & 2016. Belinda was a member of the 2006 Australian Team that played in the World Championship and then played in the 2008 Team at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Scott Rindfleish was awarded the 2019 Andrew Rindfleish Umpire of the Year Award after a busy 2019 attending 5 International Events which included selected as the plate umpire for the Bronze Medal Game.
Carolyn Buttsworth was inducted into the SNSW Hall of Fame after 25 years as the Statistician for NSW Open Women’s Team. Carolyn was selected by ISF to officiate at 3 Olympic Games in addition to attending 3 World Championships as the statistician of the Australian Women’s Team. Carolyn was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Youth Male Athlete of the Year was awarded to Brad Kilpatrick who was Captain of the 2019 NSW U19 Men’s Team where the team were runners up and Brad was awarded the Pitching of the Championship. Brad was recently selected in the 2020 NSW Open Men’s Team.
The Youth Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to Jenna Trim who had an outstanding 12 months starting the year as captain of the NSW U19 Team who took out the Elinor McKenzie Shield and player of the grand final followed by being part of the Firestars Team who won the Gilleys Shield. Jenna then captained the Junior Aussie Spirit Team at the World Championship.
After presenting the U18 Team with their caps Jacqui Wise was inducted into the SNSW Hall of Fame. Jacqui who holds the NSW player cap number 196 played for NSW from 1986 until 1997 winning 7 National Championships along the way. Jacqui was a member of the Australian Squad in 1987 & 1988 playing in the Australia Green Team at the 1989 South Pacific Classic.
Cathy Kerr was inducted into the SNSW Hall of Fame. Cathy played for NSW from 1981 until 1991 captaining the team in 1988 & 1989. Cathy was selected to play for Australia at the 1986 World Championship in New Zealand.
Posthumously inducted into the SNSW Hall of Fame was Rawlings OAM. As the Manager of the NSW Open Women’s Team for close to 20 years she was highly regarded by both players and officials. Pat was the manager of the 1982 & 1986 World Championship Teams. Together with John Reid and Edna Nash was instrumental in organising the first John Reid Shield. Pat is a Softball Hall of Fame Member, a Softball Australia Life Member and a SNSW Life Member.
The night concluded with the Male and Female Athlete of the Year being named.
Male Athlete of the Year went to Hayden Mathews who was a member of the 2019 NSW Men’s Team, a member of the 2019 Aussie Steelers and was the MVP for the 2019 Men’s State Championship.
The Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to Rachel Lack on the back of an amazing year. Rachel was a member of the winning NSW Firestars Team and took out the MVP and Player of the Grand Final at the 2019 Gilleys Shield. Rachel then played for the Aussie Peppers at the 2019 NPF followed by being a part of the Aussie Spirit at the Olympic Qualifier.