Well-known Cessnock swimming instructor and inclusion coordinator Ellena Morris (pictured with Stella Mascord at Kurri Kurri Aquatic & Fitness Centre) has been nominated for the NSW Women of the Year awards.
Ellena Morris has taught thousands of Hunter kids to swim, and at 78 years old, she still spends up to 60 hours a week in the pool.
Ellena’s tireless dedication to her role – in particular, her support for athletes with a disability – has been recognised with a nomination in the 2022 NSW Women of the Year awards.
Ellena is one of four finalists in the Community Hero of the Year category for the awards, which will be announced on March 9.
Ellena has received many awards over the years, including Cessnock Citizen of the Year in 2014, and Sport NSW’s Distinguished Long Service Award in 2021.
Nonetheless, she was surprised by the latest nomination, “I was shocked and humbled. I’m really honoured to be included with those finalists,” she said.
CEO of Belgravia Leisure Nick Cox, extended his congratulations, “On behalf of Belgravia Leisure, we would like to wish Ellena the best of luck at the awards ceremony although Ellena is already a winner in our eyes. Ellena’s work ensures that we connect everybody in the community to leisure including people with a disability, of diversity and those who experience disadvantage to sport, aquatic, fitness, recreation and health programs.”
The awards ceremony will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney and live-streamed online.