Touch Football Australia (TFA) is excited to announce the 2017 joint Volunteer of the Year winners, Graham Knights (NSW) and Steve Watterson (QLD).
2017 is the third year TFA have had the privilege to acknowledge some of our volunteers for their tireless efforts and contribution to the sport they and we all love.
Each State and Territory were asked to nominate one individual who provides exceptional service, and made a notable and measurable difference in their region; while demonstrating and epitomising the TFA organisational values.
A summary of each nominee’s claims was provided to the TFA Board, with individual voting determining the 2017 TFA Volunteer of the Year Award winners.
“Each and every one of our volunteers are extremely valuable to our sport. And the seven volunteers nominated by their states as the most appreciated volunteers, have committed themselves to making significant contributions to the sport we all love – and we thank you,” TFA Chair, Anita Hagarty said.
The TFA Board were set the difficult task to select just one from the list of seven nominees and; so instead they chose two!
Under Graham Knight’s leadership, the Manly Warringah Affiliate has become the outstanding leader in many aspects of the sport. The work he has instigated with his committee has seen the club go ahead leaps and bounds in the areas of grassroots participation, player development, technical development, community engagement and representative performance. Indeed, the club now is operating at full capacity for their Friday night junior competition with 255 teams; another outstanding result for the affiliate.
Graham is one who leads but with empathy and respect. He is consistent with his approach to listening to feedback from members and implement change when needed. Graham has a vision for not just his club, but also the game and continues to work toward that vision. He is one who is willing to challenge the organisation, not for any ego, but for the good of the game.
“I extend a huge thank you to New South Wales Touch Association who nominated me for this amazing award. Thank you to Touch Football Australia for ultimately choosing me as a joint recipient. I have had the pleasure to work with so many awesome volunteers at my home club of Manly Warringah Touch Association and New South Wales Touch Association. It is great to be able put back into the sport that has given me so many great experiences and opportunities over the years,” Knights said.
The other joint recipient of the award, Steve Watterson, is an integral part of South Queensland Touch. He volunteers numerous hours: from cooking BBQ’s at his local affiliate every Saturday raising money for junior development, to attending as part of the ‘Shark Crew’ volunteer group at every South Queensland representative tournament.
Having been a part of the Sharks Volunteer crew since 2004, Steve has been a regular, familiar face and is very well liked among the Sharks playing and volunteer group. South Queensland Board of Directors (SQBD) prides itself on setting the standard on and off the field and it has been Steve’s contributions over the many
years which has assisted in setting its off-field professionalism and standards. As a result of his work and commitment to the region Steve has also been awarded life membership at South Queensland Touch.
“I am just honoured to have been nominated for this award by my region. To have won the Queensland section and now the national section is unbelievable,” Watterson said on receiving the award.
“It just goes to show that the little things you do to help are very much appreciated by all our players, families and supporters,” he added.
The TFA Board are proud of the contribution Graham and Steve make to our sport and indeed all nominees.
Volunteers, like all the nominees, are what the organisation is all about; they embody everything great about our sport and the people that spend countless hours contributing their time and effort to the sport.
TFA would like to congratulate all our nominees on their dedication and hard work growing the sport of Touch Football. Our winners will be invited guests at the National Rugby League Community Awards in Sydney later this month.
For more information on all the nominees, click here.