It was a historical moment for the Punjabi community living in Australia and abroad on 4 December, as the Singh Sabha Sports Club in Melbourne received the award for Meritorious Service in multicultural Victoria. This award was presented by Hon Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov AC QC, Premier of Victoria Dr. Denis Napthine, Chairperson of VMC Chin Tan, Commissioner of Victoria Police, Minister of Sports, Minister of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship to Ajit Singh Chouhan and Satnam Singh Pabla, representing the Singh Sabha Sports Club Melbourne.
Hon Premier Napthine said the award was given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of an organisation that promoted community harmony, and secured the reputation of Victoria as one of the most successful and cohesive multicultural societies in the world.
The Singh Sabha Sports Club was established in 1994 to help the Punjabi community settle into Australian sport and culture while maintaining their traditions. Now with more than 500 members, the club has retained the essence of Punjabi sports such as kabaddi, soccer, netball, volleyball, basketball, and cricket. Singh Sabha has organised many community events targeting other communities of Australia to engage positively with Punjabi community.
The Club has also hosted two Sikh Games attracting more than 31000 people each. “The Singh Sabha Club vows to continue to serve the Punjabi as well as the wider community of Australia maintaining high standards and harmony in multiculturalism,” said Secretary of Club Ajit Singh Chouhan.