2016 BLK Victorian Community Sporting Club of the Year Award
Hawthorn Cycling Club - Cycling & Melbourne Stars Basketball Club – Basketball
The Hawthorn Cycling Club holds the impressive status of being the fastest growing club in Australia. A major part of this growth has been due to the success of a number of community and member based programs. This has resulted in its number of female members quadrupling over three years, and participation at the weekly events increasing by 50 per cent, leading to $1.3 million in funding for the Hawthorn Velodrome.
Since 2009, Melbourne Stars Basketball Club has focused on making sport available to people within the Aboriginal Community. For the club to succeed in this objective, it was key that it effectively engaged with the Aboriginal Community and ensured the program offerings were affordable, culturally safe and flexible to meet the many barriers faced by the children and families targeted. The club has gone from strength to strength and has grown significantly, with strong representation in the local domestic competition.
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