Rachel keeps team clean

Rachel Miller is nominated for Ultimate Volunteer Award. She is in charge of cleaning Gridiron uniforms of 50 players and organising their first aid etc
Rachel Miller is nominated for Ultimate Volunteer Award. She is in charge of cleaning Gridiron uniforms of 50 players and organising their first aid etc

After three years volunteering at the Perth Broncos American Football Club, the Forrestfield woman said she was now a big fan of the sport.

‘I started going to the games because my boyfriend Damien is the quarterback,’ she said.

‘After a while I wanted to do something other than just sit on the sidelines and watch, so I put my hand up to volunteer and everything has grown from there.’

As a nominee for the Ultimate Volunteer Reward, a search run by the Department of Sport and Recreation and Community Newspaper Group, Ms Miller is among many WA volunteers aged between 15 and 30 working selflessly to improve sport and recreation opportunities in their communities.

In addition to studying nursing at Curtin University, Ms Miller manages to find at least 15 hours a week to dedicate to the junior and senior Perth Broncos teams.

‘It’s also great experience because the boys get hurt multiple times each week, like broken bones, cuts, bruises or concussion, and as the team medic I’m on hand to help.’

Though at times she felt like a nagging parent, she said it was always worth it.

‘I get players rocking up saying they’ve forgotten their shoes or they forget to put their dirty gear in the bag and it gets so frustrating. But they’re great guys.’

She said one of her greatest memories as a volunteer was cheering the senior Perth Broncos on to win the premiership by two points on February 9.

‘It was a long time coming as they’re the oldest gridiron club in Australia. The game was very, very intense.’

Entries for the Ultimate Volunteer Reward close on March 7.