Being a sports volunteer was well worth the effort
MY whole family has volunteered in various capacities for community and school sporting clubs.
The fun times, friendships and knowledge of the sport we developed as a result make any long hours, time away from home, and physical and mental effort pale into insignificance.
From junior soccer to AFL, swimming to water polo and surf lifesaving, we put in countless hours over many years as sideline referee, coach, timekeeper, registrar, club photographer, age manager, board coach, committee members, junior club captains, "taxi driver" to events for other people's children, raffle-ticket sellers, tuckshop helper, surf patrol members, hamburger cooks - and the list goes on.
We're not special. We became life-long friends with neighbours, school mums and dads, and people all over the Coast who were doing similar things for our own or other clubs.
Any sporting organisation has a variety of volunteer jobs available throughout any given week. And I've never understood why more people haven't put up their hands to do them.
We have been present for the huge smiles on kids' faces when they achieve something.
We have earned the respect of young and old who appreciate the work we have done.
We have kept fit and healthy while running up and down the sand dunes or sidelines.
We were present for the victory cheers and to pick up the pieces in defeat.
So we look back on our time helping out fondly, and have plenty of people with whom we can share those happy memories.
Volunteers are salt-of-the-earth people and we should all congratulate them for allowing events to run smoothly, clubs to function well and members to shine.
NOMINATE YOUR LOCAL LEGENDS
THE Sunshine Coast Daily wants to give everyday sports legends who have worked tirelessly in the background some recognition via our Local Aussie Legends competition.
The Daily and our friends at Bundaberg Rum are looking for local Aussie legends, and you can have a chance to win yourself and them a prize by nominating them for the recognition they deserve.
To nominate them, go to sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/locallegends and tell us why your nominee is a deadset legend for their contribution to local sport. The chosen legend in this region and their nominator will each receive a $100 prepaid Visa card.
The greatest legend from Queensland will win a concert experience, including flights and accommodation, to the value of $3000.
The closing date for nominations is March 13.
You can also nominate via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Sports Desk, Sunshine Coast Daily, 2 Newspaper Place (or PO Box 56), Maroochydore, Qld 4558.