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The Wollongong Roller Hawks have been crowned Community Team of the Year by the NSW Office of Sport.

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The award recognises the the valuable achievements and contributions of volunteer based sporting clubs.

The Roller Hawks won based on winning the 2017 NWBL championship and doing so while displaying a fair, safe and inclusive culture.


The event caps off a busy few weeks in which the club has not only been recognised for its contribution to the community but also reminded of the wonderful support it enjoys throughout the Illawarra.


Last Wednesday, Roller Hawks forward Shawn Russell, President Jim Williams and Team Manager James Williams attended the Illawarra Leagues Club weekly trivia night and were presented with a cheque for $2,500. The money was raised through donations and raffles at the club.


“After five years of support we look forward to continuing our association into the future. Any successes we have are greatly helped by sponsors like Illawarra Leagues,” said Roller Hawks Club President Jim Williams.



At the same time, across town at Oak Flats, the Roller Hawks were represented by Club Secretary Geoff Adams and Monica Okkonen at the Rotary Club of Shellharbour City’s Annual Change Over Dinner. The evening sees the ushering in of the new leadership team and the distribution of funds raised through ongoing work throughout the year to numerous community organisations. The Roller Hawks were presented with a cheque as part of the Rotary Club’s continued involvement as a valued player sponsor.


Three days later the Roller Hawks took to the court against the Adelaide Thunder with a large contingent from Community Partner, The Flagstaff Group in attendance to cheer the team on.



Also in attendance after seeing what wheelchair basketball was all about at our Wings Over Illawarra exhibition, were the 26 Army Cadet Unit - Wollongong, who not only enjoyed the game but jumped back in the chairs after the game as well.


The Cadet Unit is a youth development organisation that teaches teamwork and leadership as well as military based skills like drills, navigation and the use of radio.


The Wings Over Illawarra display was a great chance to let people have a try of wheelchair basketball and learn more about the team, right there on the tarmac at Illawarra Regional Airport. Our thanks to our Community Partner, the Vintage Sprint Car Association, Glen and the team from Autobarn as well as the team from Bright Events who helped but it all together. Plans are already afoot to do the event bigger and better next year.


As a community based club, the Roller Hawks value every bit of support we receive no matter how big or small. Every sponsorship, every game admission, every raffle ticket sold goes directly to help keep the Roller Hawks rolling.


There are plenty of way you can show your support including purchasing a Roller Hawks team hat for just $25. Our special end of season offer includes entry to our last home games of the regular season on July 7th and 8th. Contact the club via Facebook for more information.