Life Members/State Life Service Award

State Life Service Award

The Life Membership category has been changed to the State Life Services Award. If you think anyone in the Touch Football Tasmania Community deserves to be acknlowdged with this award. Please read over the criteria below and email olivia.crawford@touchfootball.com.au


Criteria for Recognition
Nominations for State Life Service Recognition may only be considered at the Annual Meeting of the Council Area, in accordance with the following conditions:
a) Currently a maximum of two (2) may be elected at each Annual Meeting;
b) Nominees must have held, unless extenuating circumstances exist, continuous membership of TFA within the Council area for a minimum of seven (7) years;
c) Nominations in writing, including a detailed summary of service and contribution to Touch Football shall be proposed by two (2) Members, and must be received by the relevant Manager in the Council Area at least twenty one (21) days prior to the Annual Meeting. A report shall be presented to the Annual Meeting in respect of each nomination.
d) There must be at least seventy five percent (75%) of the representatives of the Council Area present at the Annual Meeting before an election for State Life Member Recognition can proceed.
A person can only be elected to State Life Service Recognition on receipt of 75% of votes of the representatives present, in support of the nomination.
Any previously inducted life members of the pre-existing entities will be maintained with any criteria also to be considered for local requirements as necessary.
All appointments or recommendations are to be lodged with the TFA Board.

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Ron Ellis

Existing Life Members

Ron Ellis
Ron is widely recognised as being responsible for the introduction of Touch in Tasmania. Ron organised the first ever game to be played in Tasmania, at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby ground in Hobart on 29 October 1978. At his own expense he traveled extensively around the state promoting the game and he arranged the first competitions in Hobart, Launceston and on the West Coast. Initially there were 140 teams statewide with 66 of these in Hobart. Ron was heavily involved in setting up the Tasmanian Touch Association and was the first President of the Association in 1981/82. He held this position for the first three years and during this time he was also responsible for affiliating with the Australian Touch Association. Ron was the first TTA Development Officer for juniors underlining his long-term view of the growth of the sport. Ron was involved as an administrator and/or player from 1978 until 1994, and at one stage late in his career he was the oldest registered player in Tasmania. Ron also founded the Clarence Touch Association in the mid eighties which ran until it combined with the Southern Tasmanian Touch Association (later Southern Touch)in the early nineties. He totally embraced the concept of Masters touch and was very active in organising and participating in many Masters events between 1986 and 1994. Such was Ron's love of the sport, he spent a huge amount of time and effort behind the scenes towards the early development of the TTA.

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Tom Morley

Tom Morley
Treasurer 1991/92 - 1996/97 & 1999/00
Secretary 1998/99 - 2002/03 ·
Member Tasmanian Mens Over 40's 1992
Manager Tasmanian Mens Over 40's 1992


Tom began his involvement with the TTA in 1991/92, as treasurer, a position Tom held for six years. This period followed with a twelve-month rest from the committee for Tom before he became involved again in 1998/99 as secretary, a role he still currently holds. In 1999/00 due to a shortage of available personnel for the committee Tom filled both the Secretary and Treasurer roles to ensure the TTA continued to function effectively. Tom's outstanding service to the TTA is underlined by a number of points. Firstly, Tom filled the position of Treasurer for a total of seven years at times when the association had no employed administrator, and the treasurer undertook a huge workload to ensure the ongoing management of the association. After one year's absence from the committee, Tom was re-elected to the role of secretary, which he has completed for five years during the time the TTA made the transition from a volunteer run organisation to having a paid administrator. Worth particular mention is Tom's service during the 1999/00 financial year when Tom filled the joint roles of secretary and treasurer. Without Tom's input during this period the TTA would not have been in a position to have developed to its current status. Also, Tom has been a tireless worker as tournament director at all State Cup and Intrastate Series' conducted during his time on the committee. As tournament director Tom ensured on a number of occasions that the tournaments were run efficiently for all players, referees, coaches and selectors. In 1992 Tom filled the difficult role of player manager for the Tasmanian Mens Over 40's side at the National Championships held in Hobart.

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Dale Langford

Dale Langford

Dale Langford’s most significant contributions to the TTA have been in the technical areas of coaching and refereeing, and as a player. Dale is one of only three Tasmanian’s to have gained selection in a fully-fledged Australian side, having been selected in the Australian mens over 30’s team following the 1992 national championships held in Hobart. Dale has also achieved the highest level of referee accreditation of any person whilst residing in Tasmania, achieving level 5 accreditation in 1987. Also as a player, Dale represented Tasmania at mens open level on four occasions between 1982 and 1985, and was captain on the final two occasions. In 1982 Dale was named player of the tournament for Tasmania. At 1988 and 1992 Dale participated in the Tasmanian mens over 30’s team. Dale was the winner of three best and fairest awards in the TTA Intrastate Series, the first being in the inaugural year of the tournament in 1985/86. No other player has won three mens best & fairest awards in the TTA intrastate series/state cup. Dale is the TTA longest serving mens open coach having coached the side on five occasions, plus the Tasmanian mens over 30’s on two occasions over a twelve year period from 1984-1996. Dale served as referees director in 1987/88 and 1988/89 and filled the role of TTA junior development officer in 1985/86 and 1986/87.

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Keith Ohlsen

Keith Ohlsen

Keith has served the TTA outstandingly in all three key areas, as an executive committee member, coach of the Tasmanian womens team and as a player. Keith was a member of the TTA executive committee for six years, three as president followed by three terms as secretary. Keith was a key member of the TTA administration team between 1985 and 1991 working in close conjunction with Chris Carstens. As a player Keith is the third greatest Tasmanian mens open representative having participated seven times at national championships with the team. Keith was a member of Tasmania’s first ever mens side in 1980, and last represented his state at the 1990 national championships in Darwin. As a coach Keith is Tasmania’s longest serving womens open coach, having coached the side on three occasions, in 1985, 1986 and 1990. At the 1986 and 1990 national championships Keith took on the role of coach in conjunction with his playing commitments underlining this overall commitment to the development and improvement of all areas of Tasmanian touch.

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Chris Carstens

Chris Carstens

Chris was the longest serving President of the TTA, having served from 1988/89 to 1991/92, following on from three years service as Secretary of the association. Chris' most outstanding achievement during his time was getting the TTA onto a professional footing and took the TTA to the next level by creating a TTA Development Officer position lasting until 1993, after Chris' term as President had concluded. Chris' pro-active attitudes and conduct almost single handedly got the position up and running. Chris also managed to gain the ATA's financial support of the position. Chris was also the driving force behind the TTA obtaining hosting the national championships in Hobart in 1992. Chris was a strong supporter of the intrastate series and the introduction of the state premiership contested between the premier clubs in each affiliate. Chris’ credentials as player were also significant, representing Tasmania at mens open level on four occasions and was a key member of the Tasmanian over 35’s at the 1992 national championships in Hobart. In 1987 Chris was awarded the ATA Administrator of the year award.

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