Young Cronulla district baseballer Ben Tsui was presented with The Steve Rogers Memorial Junior Sports Person of the Year Award at the annual Sharks Sports Council Presentation Evening held at Sharkies Leagues Club last Friday.
On a night which celebrated the 14 intra clubs in the Sharks Sports Council, the high achievers were recognised and the accomplishments of all those involved were celebrated, with Tsui a 16-year-old Kirrawee High student, a worthy winner of night’s major award.
Darren McConnell from the Sharks Board of Directors, after earlier giving a presentation on the current state of the club, the Woolooware Bay development and the exciting times ahead for the Sharks both on and off the playing field, was on hand to present Tsui with his Rogers Memorial award.
“We told Ben he was nominated for the award but we didn’t say anything to him about winning before the night,” mum Kerry Tsui said. “But when he did win he was chuffed and very appreciative. It was nice to see him so pleased to have been chosen for the award.”
Considering his achievements in the sport of baseball it should have come as no surprise that Tsui was singled out for the prestigious accolade.
A member of NSW age group teams for the past four years, in recognition of his talents and obvious potential, Tsui was this year selected from players of a similar age from around the country for the Major League Baseball Academy Camp, held on the Gold Coast last July.
Despite being just 16, Tsui is currently training with the NSW Under-18’s team which will contest the National Championships in Sydney in the New Year.
Also in showcasing his sporting ability, Tsui was a member of Sharks rugby league academy squads in the under 13’s and 14’s age groups while playing for the Gymea club before concentrating his energies on the sport of baseball.
On the night other various interclub awards were presented in the 14 different pursuits included in the Sports Council, with baseball, billiards and snooker, hockey, indoor bowls and lawn bowls, men’s and ladies golf, little athletics, netball, swimming, water polo, rugby league, photography and toastmasters all recognised on the night.
Sports Council Awards
Junior Club Person of the Year 2014 – Ben Tsui
Senior Club Person of the Year 2014 – Tony Vosnakis
Billiards and Snooker
Snooker Singles Champion 2014 – Ian McRae
Snooker Doubles Champions 2014 – Kerry Edwards and Peter Doy
Billiards Champion 2014 – Peter Beckers
Club member of the Year 2014 – Marisa Dalla Bona
Club Person of the Year 2014 – Thelma Humphries
Club Champions 2014 – Helen Pearce
Foursomes Champions 2014 – Heather O’Connor and Robyn Clark
Singles Champion 2014 – Rod Vial
Pairs Champions 2014 – Steve Scott and Lea-Anne Scott
2014 Junior Sports Person of the Year – Tomysha Clarke
2014 Senior Sports Person of the Year – Michael Humberstone
Singles Champion 2014 – Brent Seldon
Foursomes Champions 2014 – Rohan Tranby and Sandy Quinn
Club Person of the Year 2014 – Madaline Woods
Print Club Champion 2014 – John Newton
Digital Club Champion 2014 – Norm Heald
Rugby League Football
Club Person of the Year 2014 – Paul Dart
Club Champion 2014 – Paul Van Dam
Ladies Point Score Champion 2014 – Lynn Barrington
Cronulla Toastmaster of the Year 2014 – Les Levings
Club Person of the Year 2014 – Patrick Falson
Steve Rogers Memorial Junior Sports Person of the Year Award - Ben Tsui, baseball