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2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards - NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 2:03 PM

On Monday 20th May, coinciding with National Volunteers Week, the Volunteer of the Year Awards were launched by the WA Football Commission. The Volunteer of the Year Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the amazing work done by football volunteers all around the country and to recognise their incredible achievements and 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
  • 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

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. Finalists will be invited to attend the 2019 WAFL Sandover Medal Count and the overall winner will receive a trip for two to the 2019 AFL Grand Final, including flights and accommodation. There will also be weekly prizes from Optus for some of our nominees during the registration period.

Last season, Brighton Seahawk JFC's Stephen Kinnersley (photographed at the 2018 Sandover Medal count) flew the flag for West Perth, as the District's Volunteer of the Year nominee.

Stephen is an amazing person, a passionate individual who works tirelessly to go above and beyond for the Brighton Seahawks JFC. Stephen is a first time President and has been an outstanding, dedicated volunteer for many years at Brighton Seahawks JFC in various roles. Over the last seven years he has been a constant figure on the committee and as a coach. Stephen has taken on the role of coach of many teams to ensure that kids have somewhere to play footy.

In 2018 Stephen did a fine job implementing girls football in the community and at the Club. Stephen was instrumental in supporting the establishment of a junior girls pathway in the Falcons District by actively recruiting new players and providing a venue to host games for clubs across the Northern Conference. This has been crucial to establishing the inaugural Northern Conference Girls competition. He has been responsible, through tireless work, for putting together Brighton JFC’s first two female teams. Stephen organised uniforms, promotion, coaches and recruitment for the Club’s girls teams. Starting with just five girls, Brighton JFC now have over 30, due largely to Stephen’s dedication to footy. Not stopping there, Stephen went on to coach the Brighton year 9-11 girls team, the boys year 11 team (the first time the Club has had a team in this age group), and the Club’s year 6 team; the latter a team that he has been coaching since Auskick.

Stephen is a great ambassador for the West Perth District and upholds the qualities the Football Commission is looking for from a Volunteer of the Year.

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 July 26th.

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Nomination link.