Awards for outstanding service on, off field

Armando Gardiman AM was awarded the George Churchward Medal.

A FANTASTIC celebration of community soccer, Football NSW’s State Dinner has included Football Canterbury’s well-respected figure Armando Gardiman AM being awarded the prestigious George Churchward Medal.

Daniel Metcalfe after winning a Football NSW State Award.

He’s been a player, team official and administrator for over 40 years but Armando’s most significant impact on the game was ‘off the field’.
A trained lawyer, he has chaired over 250 panels for the Association’s Disciplinary Tribunal as well as chairing appeals committees.
He’s also championed female participation which in 2023, saw more females than males on Football Canterbury’s Board of Directors.
Providing legal advice on a pro-bono basis, he continues advising community football clubs and National Premier League Clubs.
Armando has also been recognised for significant service providing legal advice to asbestos disease institutions.
Other 2023 Football NSW’ State Award winners were Bankstown District Amateur Football Association’s Daniel Metcalfe (Birrong FC) and BDAFA chairman Dimitri Hursalas (Bankstown United) along with Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association’s Vicki Belton-Crowe.
Humbled by the win, Daniel said he had just clocked up his 40th consecutive year as a player and was part of the Over 35s Division One 2023 premiership-winning side.
“But my main job is to organise the pre-season trial matches, set up our game days and cook the barbecues,” he said with a laugh.
“The win came as a big surprise as there are so many more deserving people.”