No matter what the sport, every club has its unsung heroes, those individuals whose passion and dedication often go unnoticed. At the Mt Lawley District Cricket Club (MLDCC), we proudly celebrate the beating heart of our organisation – our incredible volunteers – who contribute their time and skills to make this club the vibrant hub it is today and play a pivotal role in shaping its culture and identity.
Read on as we shine a light on these exceptional individuals in these "Volunteers Focus" series by way of interview-style questions to explore the various roles they undertake to keep our club running smoothly.
In this post we welcome to the microphone:
Head of Senior Cricket
What inspired you to volunteer at Mt Lawley DCC, and how long have you been involved with the club? After finishing football coaching, I was asked if I would be interested in taking up a role in the cricket club. This was something that I always thought I would do at some time, and so I took up the offer. I first played at the club in 1981 as a 13 year old. I went on to play until I was 34.
What's your role(s) or responsibilities at the club and what does a typical game day look like for you? I am the Head of Senior Cricket. My main responsibilities are to ensure that there is a smooth transition between the playing, coaching and management parts of the club. I try to get down to watch all grades at Breckler every weekend. I switch between the two grounds to ensure that I am getting a look at all players in the club.
What's a memorable experience or achievement at the club you could share with us? I have been a part of two premiership teams at Mt Lawley.
What motivates you to continue volunteering, and how do you balance your volunteer work with other commitments in your life? Mt Lawley holds great memories for me. The players at that time made the club. They ran events. They owned success. I want that to be the same for the current group of players. That the club is about them.
What do you find most rewarding about your involvement with Mt Lawley DCC, and how would you encourage others to join and contribute to the club's vision and mission? We are a sporting club so winning is what we are about. We can never get away from that. But being there on a selection Thursday night and listening to the banter and the laughter amongst the players shows that the club means something to us all. The club is in safe hands with this group.
Tune in for our next guest on “Volunteers Focus” as we delve into more of the selfless personalities around our club and how volunteering at Mt Lawley District Cricket Club is more than just being a team, it's about being part of an inclusive, passionate, and welcoming community / family.