Volunteers fill many roles and are the lifeblood of many squash clubs throughout the country. They make our sport happen in the community and are vital to the development of the game.
Established in 2012, the Volunteer of the Year award rewards outstanding contribution from a volunteer to the sport of squash within New Zealand.
Winners from each of the 11 regional District Associations are put forward as contenders for the coveted National Award.
When deciding a judging panel considers the following:
Volunteer of the Year: Paul Growcott (Canterbury)
At the start of the year long-time volunteer Paul took on the roles of junior convenor and selector this year, making changes to the selection criteria which led to the Junior Age teams winning 7 of the 8 gold medals available at South Island teams event. Paul also assumed role of Tournament Director for the Burnside US$10,000 PSA International Tournament, secured $30,000 to make this event happen and provided live streaming of the main draw. He also provided advice and support to clubs, schools and players around funding, tournaments and facility maintenance.
The finalists for 2016, in alphabetical order, were:
|Year||Volunteer of the Year|
|2016||Paul Growcott, Canterbury|
|2015||Don McDonald, Cromwell|
|2014||Josie Fenwicke, The Thorndon Club|
|2013||Karen Hadfield, Manurewa|
|2012||Deb Boyd-Collins, Devoy Squash & Fitness|