Volunteer of the Year
11 September 2017
From cooking barbeques every weekend, travelling to every tournament and even helping with team selections – for more than 15 years, Steve Watterson has been doing it all.
And according to South Queensland Sharks Regional Administrator Garry Shepherd, there is no worthier recipient of this year’s Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year award.
Watterson was today announced as a joint winner with NSW’s Graham Knights, as recognition of his tireless service to the region.
“Steve is important to the Sharks because he works at all levels and does so many things for us,” Shepherd said.
“He comes to every representative carnival with us and takes annual leave from his job just to be there.”
“He works from dark to dark, making sure everything is done.”
Each state and territory nominated an individual who ‘provides exceptional service, and made a notable and measurable difference in their region; while demonstrating and epitomising the TFA organisational values.’
A summary of each nominee’s contribution was provided to the TFA Board, with individual voting determining the winners in the award’s third year.
“Each and every one of our volunteers are extremely valuable to our sport. And the seven volunteers nominated by their states as the most appreciated volunteers, have committed themselves to making significant contributions to the sport we all love – and we thank you,” TFA Chair Anita Hagarty said.
Watterson, a Sharks life member, said he was honoured to receive such recognition for his efforts.
“I’m quite humbled about this – it’s not something I set out to achieve or anything but I’m very honoured,” he said.
“When Garry said ‘you deserve to be nominated’, I just went along with it because I think he appreciates what I do for the region.”
Watterson, who has worked at Australia Post for almost 40 years, said the customer service component of his job made the transition to his role a volunteer an easy one.
“I get along with everyone, and I like helping people,” he said.
“I suppose that’s why I’ve been in my job for so long and why I enjoy what I do with touch.”
“I enjoy the company of the people we go away with, and it’s an interest for me away from work and family.”
“I like being involved in that player environment. I tell them we’ll look after everything for them, and all they need to worry about is playing well. I think our record speaks for itself there.”
Watterson will attend the National Rugby League Community Awards in Sydney later this month.