DAZZLING SUCCESS: South Region Participation Leader Sunaina Jaswal with Mandy Mutch, the 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
DAZZLING SUCCESS: South Region Participation Leader Sunaina Jaswal with Mandy Mutch, the 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

Allora volunteer rubs shoulders with sporting royalty

TENNIS: The Allora Tennis Club is making a name for itself in the state sporting community, with club secretary Mandy Mutch taking home the Tennis Queensland Volunteer of the Year award.

Being in the presence of Queensland tennis royalty was a bonus for Mutch, who was amazed by the calibre of those in attendance.

“I probably wasn’t expecting to win, I was really just looking forward to having a night out without the kids, because it was my husband and I and we took another couple with us as well,” Mutch said.

“I was really overwhelmed by it, Todd Woodbridge said some really lovely things about the work that we are doing out at the club and how much we’ve grown in the short space of time.”

The dedicated volunteer puts in more than her fair share of the hard yards, taking on any job that needs to be completed at the club.

“At the moment one of my biggest job is mowing the lawn because I have to go to the courts pick up the trailer, drive back home to get the mower and then back to the club – it’s an all-day effort,” she said.

“It definitely worries me a bit that the facilities aren’t enough to cater for them (the kids) if they are all on at the same time.”

While the win was a personal highlight for Mutch, she said the greatest win on the night was the recognition the “little country club” received.

“It shows Tennis Queensland that we’re a good club and we’re working together not only to better our players but the community,” she said.

“It was a really great opportunity to network and liaise with people who will be able to open some doorways for us to be able to get funding.”



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