Nominations now open for National Volunteer of the Year 2013

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By ARU Media Unit

“I don’t believe anyone sets out to be a volunteer. It just happens.”

This is something a volunteer would say. And not just any volunteer. Mick Pini from Bonython in Canberra was awarded the ARU Volunteer of Year 2012 at last year’s John Eales Medal event, and knows a thing or two about volunteering. 

“One day you do one thing and then another and so it goes. You start in the canteen, set up an oval, become a manager, then coach, and end up as president. You just do what you need to do, be it for a team or club, or at an association or representative level,” says Pini.
Volunteering by definition is performing a service willingly and without pay. Around 35,000 passionate and dedicated people offer their time to help ensure the smooth running of Rugby in Australia, providing a safe and enjoyable environment at the grass roots of the game. Without this army of volunteers from across the country, Rugby wouldn’t be what it is today.
To recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers who devote countless hours week in week out, year after year, Australian Rugby Union launched the National Volunteer of the Year program.  From coach to referee to committee member, from running the tuck shop to running the club, from weekend touch judge to parents that manage junior sides, Clubs nominated the volunteers who give their hearts and souls to Rugby each week. 
The Volunteer Recognition Program was set up in an effort to encourage and lift the profile of Community Rugby volunteers who have contributed to the development, promotion and or advancement of Rugby Union within Australia. The recognition program is open to any person currently associated with Community Rugby in Australia, in a non-paid capacity at a club, school, sub/zone-union, or associated affiliate of Australian Rugby Union. 
Nomination Process

The Volunteer Recognition Program enables each State or Territory Union to use their selection committee to award various volunteers, with an invitation for one to attend the John Eales Medal Dinner. Taking place in Sydney in October, this event includes the announcement of the National Volunteer of the Year 2013.
Nominations for the National Volunteer of the Year must be made by the State or Territory Union using the attached form. The submission, details of the person you are nominating, background information, and the contact details of the nominator are required. Nominations must be received by close of business (5.00pm AEST) on Friday 6th September 2013.
Nominees can be any of the following:
Coach, Manager, Match Official, Sports Medicine (or Medical) Personnel, Club or Affiliate Office Holder, Club, Affiliate or School Administrator, Trainer, Curator, Gear Steward, Committee Member, Fundraiser or any other Rugby volunteer role within a club, school, affiliate or association.
Please contact your local State or Territory Union if you or someone you know would like to be considered.
Further information is available below.

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