Adrian Sorati, long time surfer and member of the Phillip Island Boardriders Club, left, was runner-up in the Community Coach of Year category in the Victorian Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards. He is with the Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum, Sue Sofarnos from the winning Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club and Kimberley Sprake from the highly commended Dragon City Derby Dolls.
PHILLIP Island Boardrider Adrian Sorati has assisted hundreds of students to become involved with surfing, and in many cases has seen his pupils develop into international contenders.
A highly respected coach and judge, Sorati was shortlisted for the Community Coach of the Year category in the Victorian Government’s 2014 Community Sport and Recreation Awards.
The awards recognise local community sport champions making a real difference in Victorian communities in eight categories.
At the ceremony on October 6 Sorati was announced as runner-up.
“Surfing for most of his 60 years, Adrian has been an integral part of the Surfing Victoria competitive system for the past 20 years, and has officiated and coached at all levels of surfing from the grass roots to elite level competition,” his nomination read.
“A coach and mentor, Adrian has dedicated most of his free time away from work as a school teacher, to helping young surfers reach their potential and become positive role models within the sport.
“Universally liked and respected by all with the community, Adrian is truly an unsung hero of his sport.”
The Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum congratulated the winners and finalists.
“The Victorian Coalition Government’s Sport and Recreation Awards provide the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the dedicated individuals, teams, clubs and organisations around the state that embody the true spirit of community sport and recreation,” Mr Drum said.
Mr Drum personally thanked all the winners and finalists for their significant contribution to community sport and recreation, declaring their passion and commitment to be “inspirational”.
“The associated health and social benefits of participation in community sport and recreation are invaluable, and we owe these people, most of them volunteers, a debt of gratitude,” Mr Drum said.
Winners in each category won $5000 for their organisation, $3000 for individuals and $1000 as finalists.
For more information about the Community Sport and Recreation Awards and to nominate an inspiring community sport champion, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au.