Sports vollies lauded

GREAT SOUTHERN sports volunteers, now is not the time to hide your light under a bushel.

The prestigious Mike Stidwell Medal is up for grabs for the Great Southern volunteer deemed to have best made their sports or recreation club a better place.

Regional Manager of the state sports department, Chris Thompson, says the annual award is open to all volunteer sports administrators in the Great Southern. 

Mike Stidwell Medal
Chris Thompson with the Mike Stidwell Medal honour board. Photo: Chris Thomson

“It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, or how long you’ve been volunteering with your club,” Mr Thompson says.

“This award recognises that volunteers are the backbone of their clubs and communities and, if you know someone like that in your club, I encourage you to nominate them so that their hard work and generosity can be publicly acknowledged.”

The award honours the memory of late Department of Sport and Recreation regional manager Mike Stidwell who held the position for 21 years until 2000.

The first medal was awarded in 2000. To be eligible for this year’s medal, you must live in the region or have done so within the past two years. 

Nominations close on April 30. Apply online at

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