Sydney NSW, Australia, 19 May 2014 |

Apia International Sydney has been awarded the 2014 Minister’s Sport Volunteer Management Award – Sport Event, honouring the tournament for showing innovative ideas and management techniques in the recruitment, recognition, education, training and coordination of volunteers.

The 2014 Community Sports Volunteer Awards, hosted by Sport NSW and supported by the NSW Government, provided an opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by volunteers in sport, and consisted of five individual awards categories and four categories within the minister’s Sport Volunteer Management Awards.

Tennis NSW was recognised for excellence in volunteer management by NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres, and received a $2,000 grant for volunteer training or equipment during the award luncheon held at NSW Parliament House on Friday 16 May, coinciding with National Volunteer Week.

Apia International Sydney tournament director and Tennis NSW CEO Alistair MacDonald was thrilled that the event and its dedicated team of over 500 volunteers were recognised for their efforts.

“We are delighted to receive the Minister’s Sport Volunteer Management Award in the Sport Event category for the administration of our volunteer program. As this award demonstrates, we are committed to excellence in training, coordination and recognition of our volunteer workforce who are an integral part of our event each and every year,” he said.

“We would simply not be successful without the hundreds of individuals who willingly contribute their time and skills to assist in the running of our event, and in turn support the growth of tennis in NSW.”

MacDonald said that the $2,000 award will go towards volunteer training and developing additional recruitment strategies for next year’s event.