Making a difference in the Community

Ginninderra Athletics is pretty excited to have 10 people in the club receiving awards at the 2017 ACT Children’s Week Launch Ceremony held at the National Museum of Australia on Wednesday 25th October – Universal Children’s Day in Australia.

The purpose of Children’s Week, held nationally, is to raise awareness of the needs, interests, rights and achievements of children and young people and to assist them to realise their individual potential. The presentation of Awards allows ACT Children’s Week to give public recognition to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions to the welfare and interests of children and young people, either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

This year the Children’s Week Committee recognised the following Ginninderra Athletics members:

  • Nathalie Cerritelli – Endeavour Award
  • Brian Daly – Community for Children Award
  • Angela Riach – Outstanding Courage Award
  • Elijah Arranz – Outstanding Courage Award, Commissioner’s Award
  • Lola Arranz – Outstanding Courage Award, Commissioner’s Award
  • Fiona Jarvis – Community for Children Award
  • Debra Evans – Community for Children Award
  • Stuart Noyce – Community for Children Award
  • Ben Mitchell – Youth Commitment Award, Commissioner’s Award
  • Steve Dodt – Community for Children Award

Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners.

We managed to capture some of the wonderful words captured from the nominations.

ELIJAH

Elijah really wants to run again and is determined to be a Paralympian as well as a marathon runner.

In short Elijah is an inspiration who just keeps fighting. He is a selfless young man whose kind actions shine.

Elijah Aranz depicts the qualities of a person of true courage. He continues daily to work through adversity with bravery, generosity, drive, discipline, heart, faith and authenticity.

Elijah is a champion and a true inspiration to us all.

LOLA

Lola is a beautiful kind soul who shows empathy for others, and the importance for caring and helping other people.

Through this year, Lola showed a resilience like no other. She landed a lead role in the school play, she did well at school, she represented the school in multiple different sports and simply excelled in all areas.

She remained so strong and supportive to her brother. She would make so many pictures and crafty things for Elijah’s hospital walls.

Lola put all her own needs aside. She shows compassion and kindness for her brother does did all she can to support her mum and dad. She rarely complains, continually tries her hardest and shows love, grace and heart with a smile.

NATHALIE

Nathalie is a unique and authentic person. When Nathalie’s younger brother Daniel was born he had heart disease and subsequently developed some other complex medical conditions (feeding aversion, kidney problems, febrile seizure and lung collapse).

Throughout many difficult periods Nathalie showed resilience, acute observation skills, an amazing ability to understand emotions and phenomenal ability to assist calmly in emergencies.

Nathalie has a very close relationship with her brother (15) and sister (10) and has been a positive role model for them in terms of encouraging them to take advantage of opportunities that come their way and to try hard in all areas.

Nathalie has instilled in them that having a go is so important and that winning is not everything, to Nathalie good sportsmanship and fun are the essential components of doing any sport.

Nathalie spends much of her time helping in the community. She coaches young boys and girls at athletics and it is not uncommon to see hordes of 6 year olds running after Nathalie with joy, hope, love and enthusiasm.

Nathalie has a lot of self-drive as exemplified by her desire to start her own business NattiC a clothing business with original, strong, inspirational quotes for girls and boys. Nathalie sees a need to inspire and support young people and wants to make a difference. Her quotes are uplifting, inspiring and bring hope. In all Nathalie does she sees others and wants to support all.

BRIAN

Volunteering for over 40 Brian gives time, energy, heart and enthusiasm. Brian is warm, kind and encouraging and supports and illuminates families, children and young people’s lives to develop, have fun, grow and learn in a safe, engaging community.

Brian implements the highest professionalism and is a credit to society. When working with individuals, groups and the community Brian supports the needs, interests and rights of all individuals.

Brian is an Athletics Australia Coach who has:

  • coached over 500 athletes in 25 years
  • achieved a national presence at athletics and cross country championships (over 40 athletes competing at a National level )
  • coached for 25 years
  • coaches FREE of charge
  • running 5 – 10 sessions per week rain, hail or shine
  • inclusive: any child of any ability is welcomed and included
  • designs, caters, develops programs for individuals
  • travels around Australia (at his own cost) to support athletes

Brian has done to improving the lives of so many people young and old.

Parent/children supporting statements:

“He has not only helped her find her feet in endurance events and instilled a love and peace that she is able to find in running but also helped her find strength in so many more ways”. Hailey Shaw

“Brian encourages children to appreciate physical exercise” The Gooday family

“I am noticing these benefits now, playing college soccer in the USA”. Christian Junna

“Brian Daly is an inspiration” Rebecca Jarvis

“a dedicated and generous man”. Kayla Dempsey

“Brian has gained the confidence of parents of athletes through nurturing relationships built in trust, transparency and mutual respect”. Vicki and Chris Nunn

“one of the most selfless human beings I know”. Fee Knights

“Brian is a role model to all children” Alison Cairns

“Brian’s passion and love for everything he did has always been inspiring to me” Paige McDonald

“But for me it was Brian’s off the track attitudes and traits that helped shaped me into the adult that I am today”. Jordan Reynolds

Through his guidance, love, and support I was able to excel as an athlete and grow as a person”. Naomi Stewart

ANGELA

Angela suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) which is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. There are more than 1,700 known mutations of the disease. More than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis in Australia (more than 70,000 worldwide). Breakthrough treatments have added years to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Today the median predicted survival age is close to 40. This is a dramatic improvement from the 1950s, when a child with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Today even the healthiest CF Sufferer can spend 5-6 times a year in hospital receiving treatment. While there has been significant progress in treating this disease, there is still no cure and too many lives are cut far too short.

Angela is a truely inspirational CF Warrior who has represented the ACT now at Australian All Schools, Junior Track & Field Nationals and Cross Country Nationals in Steeplechase, the 3000m and now an Australian Silver Medalist.

Angela is an amazing individual who keeps going, keeps working and shows grace, kindness and warmth through it all.