Three Central Coast sporting legends have taken out awards at the 2019 NSW Community Sports Awards.
The Awards night, held on June 20 and conducted at NSW Parliament House, is held every year to recognise outstanding achievements and contributions to community sport in NSW, often carried out by volunteers.
The Coast’s, Jordan Kiss, Amber Cross and Shane Alvisio, were all honoured with awards.
Kiss was named the joint 2019 Young Official of the Year for her outstanding commitment to netball over the past year.
Cross was named the 2019 Community Coach and was honoured for her outstanding success and contribution to netball over the past year.
Cross was Captain/Coach of the Bateau Bay Dolphins, which won the 2018 Wyong District Netball Association (WDNA) Division 1 Grand Final.
This year, Cross was named Head Coach of the NSW Under 17 team which was runner-up at the National titles held in Brisbane.
Cross has been involved in WDNA for over a decade, including five years as Coaching Convener.
She oversaw the 2018 NetSetGo! Program and also mentored several upcoming coaches of development squads.
Amber has also been heavily involved with the coaching of the region’s representative netball outfit, Central Coast Heart.
Alvisio received a Distinguished Long Service Award for his decades of dedication to judo.
Shane has been a Judo NSW member since 1973 and was awarded his Black Belt at 17-years-old, the youngest Black Belt in Australia at the time.
He graduated to become a national squad member from 1983-1994, where he was a 10-time medalist in National and Oceania competitions.
He also competed in Shoriki Cup, Pacific Rim, University World Championships, and A-League tournaments in Europe.
Alvisio has been a Judo NSW Board member from 1994 until 2008, as well as being a part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games organising team.
In 2008, he was elected to the National Board and has been instrumental in the development of the National Titles and the implementation of several grassroots participation programs.
Additionally, Shane holds several positions on boards including the NSW Olympic Council and Central Coast Sports Federation, as well as running the Kugatsu Central Judo Club.
All three were presented their awards by NSW Minister for Sport, John Sidoti.
Media release, Jun 21
Greg Campbell, PRISM Strategic Communications