Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 People’s Choice Awards

By on September 23, 2016

Gungahlin Lakes Golf and Community Club, Southern Cross Club Jamison and the National Press Club of Australia have topped the list at the ACT Club Industry’s night of nights, winning the highest accolade of the year. Tonight, multiple clubs were recognised for their astounding commitment to the community, exceptional service and unrivalled facilities at the Your Canberra Clubs People’s Choice Awards at the Hellenic Club in Woden.

Over 16,000 Canberrans voted for the coveted Your Canberra Clubs People’s Choice Awards with venues winning the large, medium and small Club of the Year titles at the ClubsACT Community and Service Awards.

Gwyn Rees, ClubsACT Chief Executive, said the awards are about giving Canberrans the opportunity to show their appreciation for their favourite club.

“The clubs and individuals recognised tonight are an example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

“We celebrated clubs’ commitment to the community and customer service. However to win the vote of the people is the one many of the Clubs vie for.

“Clubs are currently working on ensuring their survival across the ACT, so to be able to focus, however briefly, on our significant role in the community and successes as individual organisations is refreshing. “ said Gwyn Rees.

The Gungahlin Lakes Golf and Community Club was named Canberra’s favourite Large Club of the Year. Offering unrivalled social and recreational facilities, the club is an outstanding community hub for outdoor activities. With over 70 hectares of picturesque green land, open for public access, it’s highly commended for it’s outdoor recreation and golf facilities for all ages.

The Southern Cross Club Jamison was awarded Canberra’s favourite Medium Club of the Year. The club was honoured for it’s outstanding family, health and wellness services as well as its commitment to community contributions. Over the past decade, the Southern Cross Group contributed over $13 million across a multitude of health, sporting and social organisations.

The People’s Choice Small Club of the Year was awarded to The National Press Club. The club was commended as a highly desirable destination for live music, political events and business meetings. Visitors flock to the club for after work drinks, jazz music and amazing food prepared by award-winning chefs.

Other honours include the Rising Star Awards. Sam Coulter from the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club and Sophie Schilliro from the National Press Club were recognised for their premier devotion and enthusiasm. Raising the bar high for next year, the pair were applauded and celebrated as the champion employees of 2016.

Canberrans who voted for their favourite club were also placed in the draw to win a tropical trip away to Hamilton Island. Claire, a lucky Canberra voter, was in the middle of planning her honeymoon when she received the exciting news.

“Not only did I have my wedding reception at a local club, but now thanks to clubs I will be spending my honeymoon amongst lush nature and warm weather!” said Claire.
The night was an important celebration for clubs and their employees during a challenging year. Gwyn Rees says the clubs continued contribution to the community is to be highly commended.

“I am pleased to congratulate all winners who were honoured by the industry at a premier awards event. Canberrans value their clubs and it’s evident with the staggering response of over 16,000 votes,” Mr Rees concluded.


Full list of the 2016 Your Canberra Clubs People’s Choice Awards winners

Best Family Fining:
Canberra Southern Cross Club Tuggeranong, The Mawson Club

Best Dining Experience: National Press Club of Australia
Best Bar Presentation and Service: Ainslie Football and Social Club
Best Functions and Events: Canberra Racing Club
Best Café/Coffee Shop: Vikings Chisholm
Best Sports Bar: Eastlake Football Club
Best Keno Venue: Gungahlin Lakes Golf and Community Club
Best Customer Service: Vikings Lanyon
Best Entertainment: Vikings Erindale
Best Beer Selection: Gungahlin Lakes Golf and Community Club
Best Wine List: Hellenic Club Woden
Best New/Re-developed Venue: Vikings Erindale
Outstanding Service Employee: Mel West, Vikings Group
Rising Star: Sam Coulter, Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club. Sophie Schilliro, National Press Club
Community Partnership Award: Vikings Group
Community Hero Awards: Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden
Club Nominated Charity Award: Newborn Intensive Care Foundation Nominated by the Hellenic Club Woden
Chefs on Show: Nicholas Wren and Christopher Drover, Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden. Runners up: Matt Weller and Sam Singh from the Royal Canberra Golf Club.

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