Mur­ray hon­oured for her ded­i­ca­tion to sports club

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By DAVE CRAMP­TON

Ath­let­ics stal­wart Jo Mur­ray has been awarded the Tr­ish McKelvey Lead­er­ship Award for her role in help­ing Olympic Har­ri­ers grow to be one of Welling­ton’s lead­ing sports clubs.

The an­nual award recog­nises a vol­un­teer who has pro­vided out­stand­ing lead­er­ship in the sports sec­tor.

Mur­ray, from Tawa, was pre­sented with the tro­phy and certificate by McKelvey, her for­mer cricket coach while a Welling­ton rep­re­sen­ta­tive, at Sport Welling­ton’s an­nual meet­ing on Novem­ber 12.

She said she was pleas­antly sur­prised to re­ceive the award, only re­al­is­ing she was the re­cip­i­ent as the ci­ta­tion was read.

‘‘I was lis­ten­ing and think­ing, ‘That sounds a bit like they’re talk­ing about me’,’’ she said.

‘‘It was re­ally nice to be awarded – it was pretty cool, ac­tu­ally.’’

While over­see­ing a growth in mem­ber­ship from 140 to 300 at Olympic over three years, Mur­ray has also re­ally built the ju­nior com­po­nent.

She is the club’s coach­ing co-or­di­na­tor and the ju­nior track and field con­vener.

‘‘With­out Jo’s hard work, the club would not have sur­vived, let alone be where it is today,’’ McKelvey said.

‘‘ She has demon­strated lead­er­ship qual­i­ties which made a dif­fer­ence.’’

Mur­ray has worked

in sports or­gan­i­sa­tions for many years, in­clud­ing at the Hil­lary Com­mis­sion, but she has con­tin­ued in vol­un­tary roles.

‘‘It’s nice to be able to help other peo­ple – I like vol­un­teer­ing.

‘‘The ef­fort you put in does make a dif­fer­ence,’’ she said.

Mem­bers at Olympic Har­ri­ers were quickly no­ti­fied of the award, as Mur­ray went straight to the Olympic clu­b­rooms to share the good news be­fore pre­sent­ing re­ports at the Olympic an­nual meet­ing that evening.

Mur­ray works for Ath­let­ics Welling­ton as sport de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

She is in­volved with work go­ing on in­side club, ath­lete and coach de­vel­op­ment projects, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, events, im­ple­ment­ing new ini­tia­tives and projects in part­ner­ship with Sport Welling­ton and Ath­let­ics New Zealand.

Mur­ray is part of Welling­ton’s most dis­tin­guished sports fam­i­lies.

Her fa­ther, Bruce, was a test open­ing bats­man.

Her hus­band, Rob­bie, was a New Zealand in­door cricket rep­re­sen­ta­tive and is now with the Fire­birds as a coach, and their daugh­ters, Melie and Jess, are re­garded as out­stand­ing ju­nior cricket prospects.

Proud win­ner: Jo Mur­ray with her lead­er­ship award.

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