Clermont Junior Cricket Association president Kim Williams.
Clermont Junior Cricket Association president Kim Williams.

National honour for Clermont coach

A CLERMONT cricket coach has been recognised across Australia for his dedication to the children and the community.

Clermont Junior Cricket Association's Kim Williams has been named the Queensland Community Coach of the Year and listed as a finalist in the Cricket Australia A Sport For All awards.

"It was completely unexpected," Williams said.

"Being nominated was very humbling, just to be thought of.

"And to win Queensland and then be a national finalist, it's unbelievable."

Williams has been coaching young Clermont cricket players for almost 10 years, having started when his eldest three children, Mackenzie, Piper and Griff, got involved in the sport.

He then developed the Master Blasters program for players aged under eight years and has been the club president for the past three years.

"I really enjoy cricket," Williams said.

"I love seeing the kids getting out and running around and playing, learning to be part of a team and different disciplines that they can use throughout their lived."

Williams, who was nominated for being a dedicated, driving force behind community cricket, said the volunteers made the club what it is.

"I'd love to thank everyone involved in Clermont Junior Cricket and the Clermont community," he said.

"It's a great club and community to be involved in and makes the job we do a lot more enjoyable.

"We're very fortunate to have dedicated parents and volunteers, and without them, it wouldn't happen."

Queensland Cricket chief executive officer Terry Svenson.
Queensland Cricket chief executive officer Terry Svenson.

The A Sport For All Awards celebrate the work and achievements of the community cricket volunteers who dedicate their time and energy into ensuring cricket is a game that can be played and enjoyed by all Australians.

This year's finalists have been announced in line with Volunteering Australia's National Volunteer Week, which runs from May 18-24.

Queensland Cricket chief executive officer Terry Svenson said the volunteers across the country help to make the game what it is.

"As we have seen with our state winners and national finalists, we have a lot of great volunteers in Queensland doing amazing things to grow the game and ensure we are producing lifelong participants and fans," he said.

"While there are a lot of Queenslanders doing it tough currently, it is great we can still celebrate the contributions our volunteers make to our communities.

"We know that grassroots sport and cricket are going to play a big role in bringing people together once restrictions allow us to, and Queensland Cricket will be there to support our volunteers, clubs and associations every step of the way.

"Congratulations to all of Queensland's A Sport For All national nominees and state winners, and thank you to all our volunteers for everything you do."