Rugby volunteer rewarded

21 December 2023|Community News, Sport| Off Comments off on Rugby volunteer rewarded|

When Jane Wilkinson received an email saying she had won thousands of dollars as part of a Cadbury awards program, she thought it was a scam.

However, she soon realised she was being recognised for her unwavering volunteer commitment to the Tasmanian Rugby Union Juniors organisation, thanks to a nomination from a grateful parent.

“I opened an email that said, ‘you’ve won’ and I thought, ‘how did this miss my spam folder?’,” Ms Wilkinson said.

The Cadbury Volunteer Awards celebrated the unsung heroes of Australia’s grassroots sporting clubs, highlighting 10 individuals who have made significant contributions to their sporting clubs.

The award included a grant of $15,000 to support the club or organisation’s operations and management, with an additional $2,500 given to the winning volunteer.

Ms Wilkinson, who is a physiotherapist on the Eastern Shore, said the financial aid would be incredibly beneficial, providing exciting new opportunities for Tasmania’s aspiring rugby athletes.

“Since COVID our numbers have actually grown, compared to the rest of the country who have struggled to maintain participation rates since the pandemic,” she said.

“The grant has already helped us fund a trip to Bendigo for the Tasmanian under 14 girls’ team and set up some regional rugby camps in the north and north- west.

“Our junior competitions have more than 500 players and this funding will help us support their passion and provide more opportunities for our growing state-wide sport.”

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