PEEL Hockey members won two of the three awards at Peel Volunteer Resource Centres 9th Peel Volunteer of the Year Awards in Mandurah last week.
Peel Volunteer of the Year is Tony Perry, of Ed-Connect/Halls Head Primary School.
Peel Youth Volunteer of the Year is Riley Symington, of Peel Hockey, while the Peel Sport and Recreation Volunteer of the Year went to Peel Hockey’s Geraldine Puzey.
Retired Tafe lecturer Tony Perry has been a volunteer with the Ed Connect program – an academic and social support program provided by volunteers through one-on-one mentoring and classroom learning support – since 2011.
The program provides both a safety net and a springboard for young people who might otherwise struggle to realise their potential, both in school and life.
Geraldine Puzey joined Peel Hockey Junior Committee in 2005 and continued on the committee until becoming a board member last year.
She oversees local junior competitions and co-ordinates junior metro competitions and is a board member of the Peel Sport and Recreation Network – a talent development program for elite athletes in a range of sports that allows them to undertake some training in the Peel Region rather than travel to Perth.
Riley Symington, an umpire for Peel Hockey Association, started his umpiring journey as a 13-year-old Year 8 student in 2011.
He was successful this year in achieving the qualification to umpire senior competitions and receiving appointments from Hockey WA for competitions across the metropolitan area.
MC David Templeman said Riley was fair, honest and able to communicate well and an excellent role model for Peel’s aspiring junior umpires.
Last year he was Mandurah State Emergency Service’s Cadet of the Year.
The awards attracted more than 30 nominations from a range of volunteering organisations.