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Nominations Open for the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 10:11 AM

On Saturday 18th July, the Volunteer of the Year Awards were launched by Optus & the WA Football Commission. The Volunteer of the Year Awards provide a amazing opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work done by football volunteers all around the country and to recognise their incredible achievements & service to the game.

The WAFC, in conjunction with the AFL, will be presenting awards to volunteers in the following categories:

  • Optus WA Football Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Club Volunteer
  • NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer
  • AFL Diversity Ambassador
  • AFL Primary School Ambassador
  • AFL Secondary School Ambassador
  • AFL All Abilities Volunteer
  • Go for 2&5 AFL Junior Coach of the Year
  • Senior Coach of the Year
  • Community Umpiring Service (new in 2020)

The Optus WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award supported by The Sunday Times, is the major award. It is awarded to the volunteer deemed to have made the most outstanding overall contribution to WA Football. 

Last season, Claire O'Donnell (photographed) represented the West PerthDistrict, as the District's Volunteer of the Year nominee.

Claire has been an incredibly hard working volunteer over of a number of years and was nominated  for her work in the role of Treasurer for the Whitford Junior Football Club, among a variety of other roles.

Claire has been on the committee at Whitford Junior Football Club since 2012. She holds multiple roles at the club, including Club Treasurer, interim Club Secretary,  Communications Officer and she organises events. She also oversees the club website. Claire started the Whitford JFC canteen from nothing and has raised thousands of dollars for the club. She also organised all of the rosters for volunteers and committee.  

To quote one of the nominations received for Claire for the 2019 Optus Volunteer of the Year Award:

"For many years, Claire has been a shining light in the Whitford Junior Football Club. She is tireless, enthusiastic and generous in how much effort she puts in for the club generally but also for individual teams. Our excellent canteen can be credited to Claire (and her band of volunteers) - it is a wonderful service for home and away spectators and players, as well as a valuable fundraising avenue for WJFC. Claire has been super willing to help this team manager organise events for our huge 18s squad to help bring the team and parents/guardians together to create a unified group. These include an evening for players and parents before the season began, a mid-season sausage sizzle after the school holiday break, as well as planning for an end of year sit down dinner for the boys with canapes for the parents. All of these initiatives will help to make the final year of junior footy memorable for our year 12 players and are also designed to encourage retention of the younger players in this age group."

Football clubs and schools across Western Australia are strongly encouraged to submit nominations and recognise their volunteers for their hard work and dedication. Nominations close on Friday August 28th.

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Nomination link.