first_imgVictorian Touch made it’s way into the sporting spotlight last night, with Touch Victoria’s own Peter Shefford being nominated as a finalist in the “Eunice Gill Leadership in Sport” category at the 2006 VicSport Awards. The VicSport Awards recognise the outstanding contribution Victoria’s athletes, coaches, officials, and administrators make to sport and recreation.The annual event is attended by dignitaries such as the Minister for Sport & Recreation (Justin Madden), the Lord Mayor (John So) and the Governor of Victoria (Prof David de Kretser AC), not to mention a host of world champion athletes from across the sporting spectrum who come together to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Victorian sport in a gala evening.The Award categories include: Victorian Female and Male Athlete of the Year, Men’s & Women’s Team of the Year, Official of the Year, Junior Athlete of the Year, the Lord Mayors Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport, and the coveted Governors Award for Victorian Sportsperson of the Year.Geoff Ogilvy the 2006 US Open Golf winner, and winner of the World Match Play Championship, received the prestigious Governor’s Award.Ogilvy joins a host of Victoria’s sporting stars such as Shane Warne, Aaron Baddley, Andrew Gaze, Robert DeCastella, Alisa Camplin (dual winner), Steve Moneghetti (dual winner) and Michael Klim (3 times winner) to have won the award for outstanding individual achievement.Male Athlete of the Year went to 2006 Commonwealth Games 5000 metre silver medallist, Craig Mottram, whilst the Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to cyclist Katie Mactier, for the second year in a row.Peter Shefford was nominated in the Victorian Sports Leadership Award category.  “The Eunice Gill Award” is presented to the Victorian who has made an outstanding contribution and commitment to the management and administration of their sport over an extended period of time. To be ranked in the final three (3) is a marvellous achievement, and recognises the terrific work that Peter does for the sport in Victoria.Despite an impressive catelogue of achievement, Peter was pipped at the post by Hockey’s Judith Yates – a veteran of more than 30 years involvement in her chosen field.Discounting those positions held outside of Victoria, Peter has held no less than 15 positions across administration and technical fields in support of Touch in the state. A former winner of the VicSport Volunteer Administrator of the Year (2003), and VicSport Volunteer Coach of the Year award (2004); as well as the inaugural member of the Elwood Park Touch Association Honour Roll (2005), Peter continues to dedicate countless hours to the sport he enjoys so much.Peter was Assistant Coach of the Australian Mixed 18’s who won the 2005 Youth World Cup, and was Assistant Coach of the Australian Senior Mixed at the 2005 All Nations Tournament.Touch Football Australia congratulates Peter on his nomination and look forward to his continued and valued involvement in the sport.last_img