Murray honoured for her dedication to sports club
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.