Sporting club stalwart a finalist

Leederville Sporting Club veteran Dot Murray is a finalist in the Volunteer Club Legend category of the Clubs WA awards.
Leederville Sporting Club veteran Dot Murray is a finalist in the Volunteer Club Legend category of the Clubs WA awards.

A familiar face to club regulars, the 73-year-old West Leederville resident first joined after moving to Perth from the country at the age of 36. Following a nomination from her fellow committee members, she will now vie for the title of volunteer club legend.

Mrs Murray said the nomination had been a shock and, while she was not too fussed about a win, it was important for her to keep working there.

‘I was a baby when I joined because the others were all about 20-odd years older than I was,’ she said. ‘Those days of course, ladies were segregated in the lounge and the hall and the men were only in the bar. It was a funny sort of situation so I just said one day ‘well damn this; I’m a full member why can’t I go and sit at the bar?’ The ladies were horrified.

‘And from then on it just changed the club completely. It ended up being a very nice club. Up until then it was a little bit cliquey with the men and the women’