The Volunteer of the Year award recognises the hard work, dedication and support of our amazing volunteers. The Volunteer of the Year award is our opportunity to say thank you to the endless work that every single volunteer puts in to our sport.
This year the finalists are:
Ian Jarratt (Umina Beach),
Terry Ryan (St Johns Park),
Paul Sullivan (South West Rocks) and
Trevor Turner (Forster).
The winner will be announced at the Player Awards Evening held at the Kirribilli Club on 20 February.
Ian Jarratt – Umina Beach
Ian has worked on the Committee for Umina Beach since 2002. In this time Ian has served as President, Club Director and Sponsorship Coordinator.
During Ian’s term as President a past life member, Ron Pursehouse, died of prostate cancer and it was decided to hold a memorial day in his name to raise money for a prostate charity.
Ian organised the days superbly, working closely with Central Coast Health and other clubs in Zone 15.
This memorial day has raised to date $93,000.
These funds have enabled the purchase of a Hopkinsii Telescope. This technology facilitates a less invasive procedure to remove the prostate that allows for patients to go home only one day after the procedure.
Terry Ryan – St Johns Park
Terry became a club coach so he could donate his own time to help assist with junior training. He is also the club’s go to person on barefoot bowls. He never misses out on a session.
Not only does he volunteer his time at St Johns Park he also helps coach juniors at Wallacia and for the last two year he has volunteered at World Bowls events.
Forever humble, Terry refuses any incentives offered for the time he gives to his club and the bowling community.
Paul Sullivan – South West Rocks
For the last two years Paul has volunteered his time to Zone 14, coaching the men’s and women’s Grade 1 pennant sides from South West Rocks during their 2017 season.
In 2018 Paul coached the men from Woolgoolga and women from Park Beach while also focusing on personalised coaching of Zone 14’s elite players.
On a Zone level, Paul has served as the mechanical bowling arm coach, Chairman of the Selection Committee, Zone President and State Councillor.
Currently Paul is coordinating the proposed formation of a high-performance program to be centred at South West Rocks. The goal of this program will be to increase the participation at an elite level for the North Coast and Northern NSW.
Trevor Turner – Forster
Trevor became a member of the Forster Bowling Club in 2003 and the following year he accepted the position of Welfare Officer, a position he still holds today.
During Trevor’s sixteen years as Welfare Officer he has carried out his duties with reverence and respect to the club’s members. He often visits unwell club members at home to see if he or the club can be of assistance. Trevor was instrumental in setting up a transport system to enable club members to travel to medical centres and hospitals.
In recent times Trevor himself has been in ill health but he has carried on his welfare duties regardless.
Many members of Forster Bowling Club have stated “you can always have a welfare officer, but no one will ever do it as good as Trevor.”