BY BRIAN KARLOVSKY
Canley Vale Kookaburras president Albert Strohmayer, Secretary Valarie Uilou helped the club win the Grassroots Club of the year at the One Community Awards.
CANLEY Vale Kookaburras is the best junior rugby league club in Australia.
The club was named grassroots club of the year at the Rugby League One Community Awards at Sydney Town Hall last week in front of the likes of Premier Barry O’Farrell and NRL stars such as Ken Stephen Medal winner Sam Thaiday, from the Brisbane Broncos.
It will receive $5000, courtesy of Telstra.
The glittering occasion was told about the Kookas’ three community goals, which have been instrumental in changing the club culture to emerge from “dire straits”.
Those goals include providing jerseys free to three local schools and raising funds for the charity Stewart House.
Club secretary Valarie Uilou said it was a dream come true.
“It’s just absolutely amazing. I don’t have any words for it,” she said.
“It means that all the hard work we have put in has been recognised nationally and for the NRL to think that we are the best club in the whole of Australia is fantastic.”
Mrs Uilou thanked volunteers and sponsors of 49 years, Richard’s on the Park, for their support.
“I have always said the volunteers are what makes our club and we would not have achieved this without them.”
This award follows a raft of accolades including Parramatta District Junior Club’s club of the year, Parramatta District Junior club of the year and Parramatta District volunteer of the year award.
President Albert Strohmayer, Mrs Uilou and life member Noel Clarke accepted the award on behalf of the club.
Cumberland Courier Newspapers, publisher of the Advance, supports the One Community Awards as an extension of their sponsorship of five NRL club’s community programs.
Canley Vale president Albert Strohmayer, Secretary Valarie Uilou and life member Noel Clarke at the awards. Inset: Sam Thiaday steps up to receive the Ken Stephen Medal.
Pictures: Phil Blatch - PP468662
The Rugby League One Community website story
6th October 2011