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Come in spinner: Tanveer Sangha bags top honour

Leg spinner Tanveer Sangha is only 19 but already he’s knocking on the door for selection to the Australian national cricket team.

He’s made his NSW Sheffield Shield debut this season, and the Ingleburn cricketer is destined to go all the way in his chosen sport.

Now he’s also received a prestigious local honour, named Wests Group Macarthur Elite Sports Person of the Year in the Wests Sports Council 23rd Annual Sports Awards.

Tanveer was nominated by Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club – the Ghosts – for his passion, drive and extraordinary talent.

A local junior player from Ingleburn RSL Cricket Club, Tanveer has risen quickly through the pathways of cricket in the past two years.

He won a place in the BBL team Sydney Thunder, the Australian Under 19s, the ICC Under 19 World Cup in South Africa, and made his NSW Blues debut.

“Tanveer’s exceptional ability has been fostered by his inherent love for the game and his ability to practise for hours at both Raby and Ingleburn,’’ says Ghosts president Jason Ellsmore.

“He deserves credit for what he has achieved so far, and his recognition at such a young age by both CNSW and Australian selectors indicates he has an exciting future.”

Tanveer Sangha, winner of the Elite Sports Person of the Year award with Wests directors Stephen Stewart and Martin Bullock.

The winners in other categories of the Wests Sports Council 23rd Annual Sports Awards were:

Elite Sports Team of the Year: U10 Softball Campbelltown representative tee ball team, which remained undefeated on their way to ultimate victory at the 2021 state championships.

Spirit of Sport award: Samantha Mortimer, East Campbelltown Eagles Netball Club. Ms Mortimer, pictured at right, has been at the club for more than 22 years as player, coach- and umpires’ convenor.

Runner Up: Cheryl Brain, Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club.

Senior Sportsperson of the Year: Rachel Eagles, Macarthur Triathlon Club. The long time representative of the club won the 2020-21 NSW Long Distance Triathlon Championship.

Runner Up: Tim Whawell, Group 6 Referees.

Sports Team of the Year: U18 Boys Wests-Easts, Wests Hockey Club, which won the 2020 premiership.

Runner Up: Senior 9th Grade, Magpies Cricket Club.

Youth Sportsperson of the Year, 12 – 16 years: Taj Barrington, Ingleburn RSL Softball Club/Softball Campbelltown, a skilled and dedicated player who won rep honours this year.

Runner Up: Rishab Luthra, Magpies Cricket Club.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year – U12: Jaxon Coleman, Macquarie Fields Swimming Club.

Runner Up: Brody Willmott, Macarthur BMX.

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