Cams Cause is very pleased to continue our relationship with the Victoria Point Sharks Football Club. We are working together to assist in engaging the community to align with the Cams Cause goal of raising awareness and assist with supporting our Defence Forces personnel as they face many issues when returning from service. As well as helping us to honour and remember our friend Cpl Cameron Baird VC MG for his service and dedication to football and helping those returning service personnel.
Some of the key attributes we are instilling into the players which were important to Cameron are:
- Inspires and Leads not only his team but leads inspires the juniors
- Shows resolve by sticking with the sport in tough times (i.e. after a loss, bad game, injury ETC).
- Resolve is one of the core commando values so is important to the cause
- Team Player
- Puts the Team first
- Looks out for team mates
- Uncompromising spirit
- Inspiring those around him to achieve greater things.
- Plays fair
Redland Sharks – Season Wrap 2017
AFLQ Redland Sharks U13 Girls Premiers
Congratulations to the Redland Sharks on another great year of football.
Over the last 2 weeks the Redland Sharks have celebrated another great year with presentation days and dinners.
This year Cam’s Cause was again very proud to sponsor the Cameron Baird VCMG Grand final medals for two junior teams, the U14 Boys and U13 Girls. Congratulations to both teams on exciting wins and congratulations to Blake Philp (U14 Boys) and Alyx Clarkson (U13 Girls) who were awarded the Cameron Baird VC MG Grand Final medals (see photos below).
Last night our Colts Team (photo below) held their presentation evening. 2017 was the fourth year that the Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Award for Courage and Leadership was presented. The award this year was earned by Lucas Keating (photo below). Lucas has been part of the Cam’s Cause program at the Redland Sharks since its inception in 2014 and a very deserving winner showing all the attributes that this award represents. The Colts Coach Mark Sherwood described Lucas as a player that all of the team could count on and a player that defiantly “leads from the front”. Congratulations to Lucas from the Baird Family and all at Cam’s Cause.
Cam’s Cause wishes to sincerely thank the coaching staff of the Colts & the players for allowing us to be a small part of the 2017 season. In particular our tanks to Mark Sherwood who’s support over the past 4 years has been one of the main reasons for the success of the partnership between the Sharks and Cam’s Cause.
Next year sees a change at the Sharks as they become the “Victoria Point Sharks”. Cam’s Cause looks forward to being part of another exciting year with the Sharks and wishes them all the best for the 2018 season.
Redland Football Club – 2016 Update
At the end of the 2016 AFL season the partnership between Cam’s Cause and the Redland Football Club, now in its third year, remains strong, inspiring young footballers on and off the field through the story of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG.
The Redland Sharks Under 17 team have had an extraordinary year, beginning the 2016 season as a new combination of under 16 & under 17 players. The boys have come together to become a strong cohesive unit. Game after game they took the field inspired by Cam’s story and week after week they came up with the results. It has been one the strongest years for the ‘Senior’ team of the Redland Junior program, making the finals and earning a place in the Grand Final.
The boys took the field in the Grand Final inspired by their coach Mark Sherwood and the memory of ‘Player 23’ (a story shared by Mark with his team) for what was to be a hard fought game. Unfortunately, as is the case sometimes with the game we all love so much, it just wasn’t their day. But in true Cam’s Cause style, the boys united after the loss showing a strength of character that Corporal Baird would be very proud of.
A key focus of the partnership between Redland and Cam’s Cause is recognising the exceptional effort of the junior footballers and presenting awards in Corporal Baird’s name. The Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Award for Leadership and Courage was this year awarded for the third consecutive year. This year’s winner, Joshua Oliver, like previous winners Tom Callon (2015) & Alex Green (2014) showed courage and strength not only on the field but off the field. Josh has been part of the Cam’s Cause program at Redland since its inception in 2014, constantly displaying his inspiring attitude towards teammates, club members and, in particular, the junior members of the Redland Football Club.
The Redland Sharks have had an incredibly successful year in 2016 with three teams making their respective Queensland Junior AFL grand finals and the club being awarded the QLD Junior Football Club Champions Award.
In addition to the success with the under 17’s program, Cam’s Cause were very proud to instigate the ‘Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Grand Final
Medals’ for the 2016 season. These medals were awarded to players who displayed excellence in sportsmanship, courage and leadership during their Grand Final. Of the three grand finals played, U12, U13 & U17, the Redland Sharks brought home the premiership flags in the U12 & U13’s. Well done guys. The winners of the Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Grand Final Medals for 2016 were Zac Larcombe (U12), Jacob Mirosch (U13) & Rylee Weller (U17). Congratulations to all three boys.
The partnership with Redland expanded during the 2016 season when the Victoria Point Sharks football team (affiliated with Redland in the QFA) advised us that they would name their ANZAC weekend match day medal in Cameron’s honour. Hamish Lang was the well-deserved recipient of this award.
Cam’s Cause is very grateful to the Redland Sharks Football Club for its constant support and efforts in helping us remember the story of and honour the name of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG. All club members have all embraced the story of Corporal Baird and the legacy he left us to ‘Aspire to Inspire’, a motto that is proudly emblazoned on the front page of the junior club’s prospectus.
The team at Cam’s Cause encourage all of our supporters who may be visiting the Redlands to pop into the Victoria Point Sharks Sporting Club (home of the Redland Sharks) where you will find a Cam’s Cause Triptych and the citations for Cam’s MG and VC awards hanging proudly in the Redland Hall of Fame.
We look forward to another successful season in 2017 with the Sharks and once again thanks all of the players, coaches, members and supporters for a fantastic 2016 season. Go Sharks!