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21 July 2021
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By DAVID BERRY
Our sporting organisations would not be where they are today if not for the wonderful people who demonstrated great foresight and initiative back in the early days, in setting the foundations for those organisations.
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For some, those volunteers are still around and showing an interest in the club they were so instrumental in establishing.
Hopefully they have been recognised for that dedication and hard work.
For many it has more than likely been left in the hands of their children or grandchildren to continue the legacy of their parents or grandparents.
Volleyball Horsham is one of the many clubs and associations in the region that is reaping the rewards of some forward-thinking people of yesteryear.
Some of those have already been recognised through the establishment of the Volleyball Horsham Hall of Fame in 2016, which coincided with the association’s 40-year anniversary.
People such as inaugural president Tess Yeo, foundation secretary Jenny Chaston and four-time premiership players Mick Stirrat and Robert Block are just a handful of people who helped establish volleyball in Horsham in the late 1970s.
As a teenager, I remember quite clearly the impact these people had on Horsham Volleyball Association, as we were known back then, back in my early days.
Over the course of my nearly 40 years of participation, there has been many great people who have helped put Volleyball Horsham on the map – legends such as David Abud and Darren Franks and some great volunteers in the McIntyres, Robinsons, Ladlows, Radfords and O’Connors who were so instrumental in helping continue that legacy.
‘Hall of fame’
As Volleyball Horsham enters its 45th year, the time has come to induct some more great people into our ‘hall of fame’, which is the reason we are reaching out to the volleyball community to submit nominations worthy of recognition.
Nomination forms are available on our website, www.volleyball
horsham.com.au or by dropping us a line at info@volleyball
horsham.com.au with your nominee’s details.
The plan would be to induct the next round of nominees at a function towards the end of the year.
Today’s administrators are merely the custodians of the hard work and sacrifice those before us helped establish.
To recognise those wonderful volunteers is the least we can do.
On the domestic front, due to the latest lockdown, the call for entries from teams and individuals interested in participating in the winter season has extended.
There has been some great interest already, with numbers already necessitating the need to create an A Reserve competition on Wednesday nights.
This grade will suit the competitive social player and will complement an already strong A Grade and a growing B Grade cohort.
To register that interest email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
Volleyball Horsham will continue to monitor the situation and will make a decision when the winter season starts based on advice at the time.