Spurling’s passion and dedication to the sport he loves has not only had a significant impact on the development of the association, it has also helped inspire a new generation of cricketers and volunteers in the Murraylands region.
In recognition of his significant contribution to the Association, Spurling was selected from around 8000 volunteers, more than 2000 coaches, 1000 umpires and 500 school ambassadors across the State.
After being invited to attend the Port Adelaide vs Richmond AFL clash at Adelaide Oval, Spurling was presented with a $2000 cheque by Sam Abishara of Statewide Super in honour of his hard work this past cricket season.
SACA Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw acknowledged Spurling’s impressive contribution and commended the efforts of all volunteers and the enormous impact they have on South Australian cricket.
“Volunteers are the ‘lifeblood’ of our sport. They represent the local community across all aspects of the cricket pathway. They provide the local feedback and support for SACA, associations and clubs, and are often the most passionate people to deal with on a regular basis,” he said.
Statewide Super CEO Richard Nunn said: “As South Australia’s local industry super fund, we have a special interest in supporting the South Australian community and the things that are important to them.
“To those who coach, umpire, cook the weekend barbecue and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves, we would like to thank you for your efforts and let you know you aren’t going unnoticed.”
Spurling’s contribution to community cricket has been instrumental in driving the Murray Towns Cricket Association’s implementation of Cricket Australia’s new junior formats.
It was the only association in South Australia to pilot these changes last season. Spurling has been a key driver of establishing the new C grade competition and a nine-team T20 competition. He has also been responsible for coordinating the association’s MILO In2Cricket Centre over the past three seasons.
An A grade cricketer for the Jervois Cricket Club, Spurling has also dedicated time to coaching an under-15s side.
Statewide Super’s support of volunteers in SA continues into the upcoming season, when cricket volunteers will again be rewarded for their hard work.
Monthly, Premier Cricket and Regional volunteers will all be in contention to win great prizes thanks to SACA’s official volunteer partner, Statewide Super.