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CHAMPION OF THE CODE NAMED

September 22, 2016

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has commended Arthur Hobson for his dedicated voluntary work at the Shepparton Football Netball Club.

Mr Hobson has today been named the electorate’s Champion of the Code – an honour given to those “behind the scenes”.

“The award aims to highlight the work of the volunteers who spend countless hours at local football clubs, helping to promote the sport in the community,” Ms Sheed said.

As an award recipient, Mr Hobson has been invited to attend a Government House reception on AFL Grand Final Eve, hosted by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda DessauThat will end in time for Mr Hobson to get along to the Grand Final Parade.  He will also have full access to the AFL Grand Final Live Site.

Mr Hobson is among several Champions named across Victoria.

“Arthur does all he can to ensure the success of the senior and junior footballers, as well as the newly launched women’s side,” Ms Sheed said.

“It seems if he’s not at work, he’s at the Shepparton Football Club, seeing what else is needed in preparation for the next event, or cleaning up afterwards.

We are so fortunate to have volunteers of Arthur’s calibre in the electorate.  They are the lifeblood of so many organisations in our community and I commend our volunteers for the work they do,” Ms Sheed said.

COMMENTS FROM ARTHUR HOBSON:

What do the Shepparton Bears mean to you?

“They’re a home away from home, I guess, more than anything.

“Great people, and you know, fun to work with, and be around, and we’ve got so many things happening.

“We’ve entered a women’s team in the Open Age Competition this year, and I sort of championed that a little bit, I suppose.  As well as doing everything else around the place, those girls made a preliminary final in their first season.  Last night they got three of the girls in top ten of the best and fairest.  Seeing those sorts of things happening around you is you know, just continues to fuel the passion I suppose.

“I’ve been involved with, from a senior committee point of view, with the juniors since we merged with Notre Dame three years ago and that also is hugely rewarding.  We had just over 300 people in this room for their presentation night a couple of Fridays ago.  To see 300 people crammed into this room, all with maroon tops on and that is just, it was a sight to behold.

So all those sorts of things just add up to, you want to give a bit more.”

COMMENTS FROM GEOFF O’SULLIVAN

PRESIDENT SHEPPARTON BEARS FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB:

“Arthur is one of the people that every club would love to have, and we’re very fortunate to have him here, with all his volunteer work.

“He does everything basically.

“At the moment, Arthur acts as our treasurer and also works with Chris “Tractor” Farrell, managing and running the bar, and yeah, many things on the junior committee as well as the senior committee, always here when events are happening, in charge of taking bookings and that sort of stuff for our social room activities, so he’s a man that wears many hats.

Hopefully we can relieve some of the work that he’s got to do, next year, with a few other volunteers putting their hands up.”

 

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Media contact

Sueanne McCumstie 0428 743 880│sueanne.mccumstie@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

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