Growing up in a sporting family, football was always something Mr Towne was going to pick up. But even from an early age the idea of volunteering his time for others was forefront in his mind.
‘It was something I considered while playing junior sport myself,’ he said.
‘I was lucky enough to have good coaches growing up and I respected the fact that they gave up their time, actively participated and actually contributed something meaningful to my development.’
Taking on a coaching role for WAAFL colts, Mr Towne (20) said there were advantages to being such a young volunteer coach, including being able to relate to the players more effectively, joining in the training sessions and being able to show and demonstrate rather than just talk and expect them to understand.
He said people who were considering taking on a volunteer position should definitely give it a go. There was so much assistance for anyone wanting to help out at local clubs.
‘Sure there can be some down times, but at the end of the day you are a volunteer and you are there to pass on a set of skills that will hopefully build kids into better sportspeople and better people in general,’ he said.
Nominations for the Ultimate Volunteer Reward close on March 1.
Visit www.clubsonline.dsr.wa.gov.au for more information or to nominate.