The inaugural Toby Martin Award, an award that recognises the perseverance, courage and strength of young Toby Martin, who passed away following his battle with leukaemia, has been given to Archie Pulley.
From the 22 junior teams in the running for the honourable award, 12-year-old Archie Pulley from Kincumber Avoca Cricket Club was given the honour of being the first recipient of Toby Martin’s legacy.
Cherie Pulley describes her son, Archie, as a quiet achiever, and said this award was a great representation of Toby’s legacy.
“This is such an auspicious award, and it is so much bigger than just that,” Pulley said.
“I think Archie goes on quietly and doesn’t make a lot of noise, but I know they’ve seen him working hard, being a great team player and constantly supporting everyone.
“For Archie, he has the opportunity to carry Toby’s incredible legacy, and he has to honour that and uphold the qualities ingrained in Toby, as he naturally does.”
Toby Martin was an avid cricket supporter and during his battle with leukaemia, he continued to play cricket when his health allowed it and supported his team from sidelines when he could not.
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, said Toby Martin’s legacy will always be on the Coast.
“This is a beautiful and meaningful award that makes us all hold each other a little closer and realise just how precious life is,” Tesch said.
Media release, June 2
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch