Tatura vol­un­teer hon­oured

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Rodney Woods

See­ing peo­ple who started as begin­ners at the Tatura Foot­ball and Netball Club’s eques­trian arm progress in the sport is the rea­son for Sue Terry be­ing a long-time vol­un­teer of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In her nine years at the club, Mrs Terry has met and worked with many peo­ple and was ac­knowl­edged for her vol­un­teer­ing at the re­cent Eques­trian Vic­to­ria 2017 Sports Achieve­ment Awards, where she was awarded the Dres­sage Vol­un­teer of the Year for 2017.

De­spite be­ing told that she was nom­i­nated, Mrs Terry had no idea she was go­ing to take out the award.

‘‘We knew we were nom­i­nated as a list of nom­i­na­tions were pub­lished a week ago,’’ Mrs Terry said.

‘‘I was chuffed. I’m thrilled. It was just a buzz to be on stage with the cal­i­bre of the other vol­un­teers.

‘‘Although I do other things in the sport, this award was for my role as a vol­un­teer, but my main two roles are as direc­tor for the Tatura Dres­sage Clas­sic and the Dres­sage Judges Ed­u­ca­tion Panel fundraiser, which are both run (as fundrais­ers) for the Tatura Foot­ball and Netball Club.’’

Ms Terry has filled many roles through­out her time at the club, which has led her to cur­rently be event sec­re­tary.

‘‘It was a nat­u­ral progression,’’ she said.

Af­ter the award was an­nounced, Mrs Terry was sur­prised by the feed­back she re­ceived from peo­ple on so­cial me­dia.

‘‘I didn’t know I knew that many peo­ple on Face­book,’’ she said.

‘‘I was stag­gered about the com­ments and con­grat­u­la­tions from peo­ple that I didn’t re­alise knew how hard we worked. We wouldn’t be any­where with­out the club and if I could, I would cut the the award into pieces and give ev­ery­one a piece,’’ she said.

De­spite her want­ing to give ev­ery­one a piece of the prize, she would save the big­gest piece for her hus­band, Dun­can.

‘‘A special con­grat­u­la­tions has to go to Dun­can. He trav­elled from LA (Los An­ge­les) to Melbourne for the awards and then flew to Kansas City through to Dal­las on the Sun­day (the day af­ter the event),’’ she said.

The Tatura Foot­ball and Netball Club was also nom­i­nated for Eques­trian Club of the Year, but went home empty-handed.

Pic­ture: Issie Hill

Thrilled: Tatura’s Sue Terry was re­cently awarded Dres­sage Vol­un­teer of the Year by Eques­trian Vic­to­ria.

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