Benalla Ensign recognised at Basketball Victoria Country awards

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla Ensign sports reporter Meg Saultry has been acknowledged for her coverage of local basketball.

Saultry was granted the Outstanding Promotion of Basketball award at this year’s Basketball Victoria Country Awards last week, capping off a fine first year at McPherson Media Group.

The awards were announced last week through BVC’s social media channels and website after its annual awards presentation was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Covering Benalla Breakers for the Ensign and Seymour Blasters for the Seymour Telegraph during their most recent seasons, Saultry said she was appreciative of the recognition.

“I was very honoured to win the award, and to know that people enjoyed and appreciated what I was writing,” she said.

“I really enjoyed getting to games and building those relationships with coaches and talking to the players.

“And to see Seymour make finals, and Benalla win their first men’s games, as well as field a women’s team this year was pretty special.”

Saultry said she would like to thank Benalla Basketball Association as well as the Seymour Basketball Association for their support in covering the league week in, week-out, as well as Karl Phillipson, a contributing photographer for the Ensign, for his work capturing the games on camera.

The range of awards covered on-court and off-court contributions from across regional and rural Victoria, and culminated in the Jack Terrill Medal for an outstanding contribution over many years.

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BVC general manager David Huxtable said it was important to recognise Country Victoria’s most committed individuals, as their work ensured the sport continued to thrive.

“We continue to be impressed by the work of basketball administrators, volunteers, and the working media in country Victoria,” Huxtable said.