For the love of the game
RECOGNITION FOR SERVICE
JOHN Davies is not one to revel in his own success.
His amateur football career with North Beach, as he describes it, was a collection of “220 inglorious games”.
The humble Trigg resident went on to serve as captain, coach, committee member, secretary, treasurer and president of the club he co-founded.
He later joined the WA Amateur Football League board, a role he held for 27 years, before two decades as president of the competition. Under his reign, the WAAFL improved its position financially, brought in a Hall of Fame and introduced integrated football for athletes with a disability.
Mr Davies said it was advice from late Labor politician Colin Jamieson to ‘surround yourself with people better than you are’ that set him on the right path.
“It’s a privilege to work with people stronger than yourself in their own field,” he said.
“That’s the key to any successful organisation; the president is not the be-all-and-endall.”
Despite his hesitancy to claim credit for the WAAFL’s growth and success, Mr Davies has been nominated for a service to sport gong at the WA Sports Star Awards. “I can’t believe it,” he said. “I’ve worked with some great people who have helped me so much and that’s the underlying factor.”
WAAFL general manager David Armstrong said the football community was proud of the long-time servant’s nomination.
“John’s involvement in community football can only be described as committed, humble and hardworking,” he said. Award winners will be announced at Optus Stadium on February 8.
Mr Davies, now a part of the WAAFL’s heritage and history sub-committee, is researching the history of the league for a book to be released in 2022, the competition’s centenary year. The WAAFL is looking for historical items relating to the league suitable for inclusion in the book.
John Davies has been nominated for a WA Sports Star award.