TOP EFFORT: Warwick Hockey Association groundsman Darryl Gillam and grand-daughter Ayden Gillam near some of the floor rubbish in January, 2013.
TOP EFFORT: Warwick Hockey Association groundsman Darryl Gillam and grand-daughter Ayden Gillam near some of the floor rubbish in January, 2013. Gerard Walsh

Hockey stalwart worthy volunteer award winner

VOLUNTEER AWARD: Fifty years of work for the Warwick Hockey Association was rewarded last night when Darryl Gillam won the inaugural Condamine Sports Club Volunteer of the Year award.

The award was judged on volunteer work in the 2013 year and work for the betterment of sport down the years.

The four sports star judges, who are independent of all the award sponsors, commented on the outstanding efforts of each of the six nominees for their respective clubs over the years.

Gillam has been involved in every aspect of hockey from playing to coaching, umpiring, being on the executive committee and more recently groundsman.

When he retired from paid employment last year, he just drove north to the hockey fields rather than east to his job in Kenilworth St.

He has always assisted with the grounds at hockey but that work cranked up eight years ago when he was appointed groundsman.

The floods in January, 2013, added a new dimension to the year of many Warwick sporting clubs.

Gillan rallied the troops to prepare the facilities for the expected floodwater, spoke to the SES and then made the calls at 2am on the day of the flood for more help.

There was no damage to the new surface with only a small amount of water coming in from the side.

He then led the recovery team as Warwick hockey volunteers worked for eight weeks to be ready for the winter season as planned.

While most of his work is now in between game days, he is still a regular during fixtures supporting his grand-children and is always willing to offer advice and support to junior and senior players in all grades.

The inaugural Condamine Sports Club Volunteer of the Year award and $500 cheque was presented by sports club president Ross Bell as well as two trophies, one a perpetual trophy. Already some clubs are talking about nominating volunteers next year.

Nominees

  • Sue Bondfield - Warwick Hack and Pony Club
  • Colin O'Brien - Warwick Cricket Association
  • Don Stewart - Warwick Golf Club
  • Paul Morris - Wattles Junior Rugby League
  • Darryl Gillam - Warwick Hockey Association
  • Danny Lyons - Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Football Club


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