Gong for Earl of Mos­man Park FC

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

THERE is never enough Aussie Rules in the life of Mos­man Park Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Ian Earl (63), who is the town’s Vol­un­teer of the Year af­ter awards pre­sented on Oc­to­ber 16.

“While the game is not as com­pet­i­tive as it used to be, what’s great is the kids seem to get a lot more out of it now, and seem to play for fun,” Mr Earl said.

He was a 12-year-old when he started play­ing at the club’s Tom Per­rot Re­serve, and has not left the club since.

A calf mus­cle in­jury ended his play­ing ca­reer when he was 49.

“In the fu­ture, there are still lots of things to do, like the club’s fi­nances and en­sur­ing what is now asked of us by the am­a­teur play­ers,” Mr Earl said.

Mayor Ron Nor­ris said Mr Earl had a large im­pact on the town’s foot­ball com­mu­nity and was a role model for U20s dur­ing many vol­un­teer hours, as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing in masters surf boat row­ing and fundrais­ing at Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club.

“He re­cently re-did his Bronze Medal­lion and par­tic­i­pated in the G-100 surf boat crew who com­pleted a com­mem­o­ra­tive row around the Gal­lipoli Penin­sula,” Mr Nor­ris said.

At the awards, vol­un­teer recog­ni­tion cer­tifi­cates were given to Kathy San­ders from Mos­man Park Net­ball Club, Hi­lary Colero from Rocky Bay, Ned Ce­cic from Western Knights Soc­cer Club and The Grove Li­brary’s Cather­ine Wiese.

Youth En­cour­age­ment Grants were pre­sented to Char­lotte Bradley, Jaz­zlyn Jansen, Olivia Martin and Ge­orgie Carey.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Mos­man Park vol­un­teer of the Year Ian Earl.

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