The inaugural NAB RunWest has won two prestigious awards at the NSW Community Sports Awards and National Sports Convention.
After attracting 7,500 participants in 2019, RunWest was announced Community Event of the Year and recipient of the Innovation Award for Programs, Activities and Events at the two occasions respectively.
Revealed at a special ceremony in NSW Parliament House last month, Athletics NSW and Athletics Australia were announced winners of the NSW Community Sports Award in front of 270 guests.
Hosted by Hon. John Sidoti MP, ten awards were presented on the night, acknowledging the achievements and contributions of members within the sporting community.
Other nominees for Community Event of the Year included softball, judo and hockey events, as well as the PCYC Fun for Kids Tour.
RunWest was Australia’s largest inaugural fun run, surpassing the likes of City 2 Surf which featured approximately 2,000 runners during its first occurrence in 1971.
With partners WestHQ and NAB, the joint Athletics Australia and Athletics NSW event was an opportunity for media exposure through Channel 7, WSFM & the Daily Telegraph, while also raising funds for local charities, including Ronald McDonald House.
Improving the health of all members within the running community, not just elites, is a priority for Athletics NSW, making RunWest an exciting addition to our expanding winter calendar.
The RunNSW ambassadors were Paralympian Madi de Rozario and triathlete John McLean, and John competed in the 4km event.
While participation is the primary focus on RunWest, it is worth acknowledging that Olympian and Australian record-holder Ben St. Lawrence placed first in the 10km event.
Athletics Australia’s General Manager, Sport Strategy and RunWest Executive General Manager Anna Fitzgerald (left) hopes the community-focused event will continue to grow over the coming years.
“RunWest is all about connecting and showcasing the Western Sydney’s many attractions, tapping into the area’s rich cultural tapestry, encouraging children, families and women to get active and to provide a legacy of social impact and connectedness,” said Fitzgerald.
“In 2020, we will celebrate connection like never before; harnessing togetherness in all its forms… rolling out enhanced programs and encouraging sporting, running, walking and social groups, families, schools, cultural and religious groups to harness their connection and come together in community.”
Nic Savage, Athletics NSW