Brumbies Man (aka Trevor Hancock) is among the nominees for HSBC Volunteer of the Year - an initiative aimed at recognising the efforts and skills of people who have contributed to the development, promotion and advancement of Rugby Union within Australia.
Trevor will be in the crowd for the Super Rugby Semi-Final between the UC Brumbies and NSW Waratahs at Allianz Stadium this Saturday, although his involvement in the game won’t just be limited to Brumbies fanaticism.
In his spare time, Trevor rallies together the next generation of supporters, developing grassroots Rugby in Weston Creek and with the junior program at Canberra Royals Rugby Union Football Club.
He has taken on the role of coordinating juniors at the club, along with fundraising efforts and coaching four teams of kids aged seven to nine. Trevor is one of 88 volunteers to be nominated so far, all of which share a humble passion for the game.
“I love Rugby because it’s a really inclusive sport, which is about having fun on the field and building support from grassroots through to the Wallabies,” Trevor said.
“My passion as a fan extends right down to coaching and managing junior sides, and I hope that I have done a small part to grow the game in the area.”
Trevor also volunteers to run kids sessions at senior Royals games and believes the relationship between players, young and old, is imperative for the future of the sport.
“I strongly believe that the link between junior and senior players, whether that is at a club or professional level, will add a lot of value to the existing fan base.
“As a player I was never a star but always loved the team culture which I gained from Rugby and I want juniors to experience that as well,” Trevor said.
Trevor’s approach to Rugby is based on sharing his passion for the game and ensuring that all kids learn the key values of teamwork, respect and comradery.
Through the HSBC Volunteer of the Year initiative, Australian Rugby Union and HSBC are committed to recognising the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the country that go to great lengths to ensure Rugby continues to thrive in their respective communities.
Nominations are open for three volunteer categories including: HSBC Volunteer of the Year; HSBC Young Volunteer of the Year (U25); and HSBC Lifetime Volunteer of the Year.
The winning recipient of the 2014 HSBC Volunteer of the Year will be hosted at the John Eales Medal in October, with all three category winners to be announced on the night.
Nominations for the HSBC Volunteer of the Year close on Friday, 5 September.
If you know someone that you want to nominate for a HSBC 2014 National Volunteer of the Year award, go to www.rugby.com.au/tryrugby.