Gong for Earl of Mosman Park FC: Volunteer of the Year

Mosman Park volunteer of the Year Ian Earl. Picture: Jon Bassett
Mosman Park volunteer of the Year Ian Earl. Picture: Jon Bassett

THERE is never enough Aussie Rules in the life of Mosman Park Football Club president Ian Earl (63), who is the town’s Volunteer of the Year after awards presented on October 16.

“While the game is not as competitive as it used to be, what’s great is the kids seem to get a lot more out of it now, and seem to play for fun,” Mr Earl said.

He was a 12-year-old when he started playing at the club’s Tom Perrot Reserve, and has not left the club since.

A calf muscle injury ended his playing career when he was 49.

“In the future, there are still lots of things to do, like the club’s finances and ensuring what is now asked of us by the amateur players,” Mr Earl said.

Mayor Ron Norris said Mr Earl had a large impact on the town’s football community and was a role model for U20s during many volunteer hours, as well as participating in masters surf boat rowing and fundraising at Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club.

“He recently re-did his Bronze Medallion and participated in the G-100 surf boat crew who completed a commemorative row around the Gallipoli Peninsula,” Mr Norris said.

At the awards, volunteer recognition certificates were given to Kathy Sanders from Mosman Park Netball Club, Hilary Colero from Rocky Bay, Ned Cecic from Western Knights Soccer Club and The Grove Library’s Catherine Wiese.

Youth Encouragement Grants were presented to Charlotte Bradley, Jazzlyn Jansen, Olivia Martin and Georgie Carey.