Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

    Volunteers recognised as community backbone

    15/05/2013 12:00 AM
    • Sport and recreation volunteers applauded for community work
    • Volunteers give more than $322million worth of time and experience
    • Community benefits from sports coaching and the teaching of life skills

    The State Government this morning honoured more than 100 volunteers from the sport and recreation sector for their commitment to the community. 


    Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron paid tribute to volunteers from a variety of fields during a Department of Sport and Recreation breakfast at Patersons Stadium, coinciding with National Volunteer Week.


    Mr Waldron said there were an estimated 1.5 million adult volunteers across Australia.


    “It is estimated that each volunteer saves the community $1,554 each year - in Western Australia, volunteers contribute about $322million in time and expertise,” the Minister said.


    “Every sporting club and recreation group in every community, regardless of whether it be in the cities or the State’s most remote regions, have local heroes who give of their time and expertise.


    “I like to think, even as a young kid, that I appreciated and acknowledged the help they gave me and others.


    “As we grow older we get to appreciate even more the role those people played, not only in coaching sports, but in teaching us the life skills associated with living within a community.”
              Fact File
    • Volunteers outnumber paid people in sport and recreation by 100 to 1
    • For volunteering opportunities in WA contact DSR, your local sporting association or recreation group
    • National Volunteer Week runs from May 13-19 - http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org   
    Minister’s office - 6552 6100
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    Pictured: Left to Right - Sport and recreation volunteers applauded for their work - Mary Andreotta (SynchroWA), Tricia Lovell (Kalamunda District Hockey Club), Madeleine Baxter (City of  Perth Surf Life Saving Club), Sam Clarke (Wheelchair Sports WA), Minister Waldron and Ben Bowring (WA state manager - Skateboarding Australia)
    Photo courtesy of Department of Sport and Recreation.