Each year the WJFC Committee nominates recipients for two coveted awards.
The James Tizard Award recognises a volunteer at the Walkerville Junior Football Club who has made an enormous contribution to the Club during the season just finished. It commemorates the late James Tizard, who served the WJFC in his role as Committee Member, Treasurer and Team Helper over many years.
This year the James Tizard Award was awarded to Tania Turner. As most of you would know Tania has had a significant involvement with the club including a number of years on the Committee as Secretary. Having come off the Committee for a well earned rest at the end of last year it did not stop Tania from continuing to help in a significant way this year including coordinating team photos, helping to arrange all trophies and generally being available to assist the Committee given her extensive knowledge.
Our congratulations to Tania and sincere gratitude for everything she has done over many years and the help she continues to provide many people.
The Richard Newman Award is awarded to a member of the last playing group for each season. The key criteria for the award include service to the club (long term player), stature with peers, respect for the club and game, conduct and embracing the WJFC values.
Richard Newman was a long time supporter of Junior Sport and a Walkerville parent and coach. When coaching or managing, players in his care experienced friendliness, fun, enjoyment and a sense of achievement. Richard treated all competitors equally regardless of their skills and abilities. He spent numerous hours working out equal playing time for all players and informing them prior to a game what quarters they would be on or off the field. His primary focus was always on the needs of the players ensuring that all programs offered them with positive and quality experiences that would encourage ongoing participation.
This year the WJFC Committee has nominated Joshua Turner for this award. Joshua has played over 140 games for Walkerville over a 7 year period. The Committee felt strongly that Josh had demonstrated a commitment to the WJFC values and ethos over a long period of time. He has always been willing to play up a grade or two to help other teams and been respected by his team mates and coaching group.
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