Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ellis Message Hits Home on Big Night; Family Support Key to On-Field Efforts

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ellis Message Hits Home on Big Night; Family Support Key to On-Field Efforts

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Byline: DAVID LEMS

FORMER Australian captain Liz Ellis highlighted the need to be professional, prepared and pumped up to achieve international glory.

She displayed those qualities in leading Australia to an emotional upset World Cup victory over the high-flying New Zealanders in 2007.

However, her most powerful message at the 2012 QT-City of Ipswich Sports Awards was something sportspeople at all levels should do regularly.

On a night where leading regional volunteers, club officials and administrators were showcased, the guest speaker said it was important to thank the parents and partners C[pounds sterling]who don't show up in any statisticsC[yen].

C[pounds sterling]Say thank you and say it like you mean it,C[yen] Australia's most capped international netball player said.

C[pounds sterling]Or for the younger folk, send a text.C[yen]

It was a well-received piece of advice at the Ipswich Civic Centre where 290 guests enjoyed the gala sports awards function backed by Ipswich City Council, the Ipswich Sports House and your QT.

Two common themes shared by the winners were pride in being from Ipswich and wanting to provide the best grassroots sport.

C[pounds sterling]It's an absolute privilege to help our kids,C[yen] volunteer of the year Rose Baxter said.

Baxter fittingly accepted her award with a glowing smile similar to what she often sees on the faces of young cricketers she nurtures.

But while all the winners were humble and deserved recipients, three final accolades best captured what the prestigious Ipswich Sports Awards represent.

Ipswich sporting icons John Cushing, Gail Lyne and Les Kinnane were honoured with lifetime achievement awards for their outstanding commitment to sport.

Having devoted more than 50 years to hockey and the community, former Citizen of the Year Cushing said he did it for a simple reason.

C[pounds sterling]I have a motto,C[yen] the long-serving former Ipswich Hockey Association president and official said. …

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