Shane Askew – Co-ordinator, Burnie Surf Lifesaving Club
You could say that Surf Lifesaving has been Shane Askew’s life, having committed himself to a wide range of responsibilities within the organisation, from co-ordinating the Burnie Lifesaving Nippers to organising the Iron Man event for the Nippers. Through his enthusiasm, Shane has motivated other clubs to become involved.
Shane is an inspirational role model to the entire Burnie Surf Lifesaving Club community, but particularly to the children.Shane’s coaching program ensures that each child continues to progress their surf lifesaving skills with physical and mental challenges. Shane is an inspiration to parents by encouraging them to help with assistant coaching roles, providing the skills and knowledge required.
The flow on effect to the local community is that the children are confident and capable of assisting with surf rescues and educating the public about the dangers in the water essentially reducing events caused by rips. These kids will go on to patrol our beaches to keep the public safe for years to come.
Chris Dalton – Solemates
Chris started Sole Mates running group which has grown to 1550 members. He promotes inclusion, motivation and support for runners (new and old) by organising weekly runs in many areas at different times and locations. He actively encourages people to get involved and enjoy themselves. There is no pressure to be of a certain calibre, speed or experience. It is about connecting like-minded people to join running events, and he has created a great social environment where everyone feels included and valued as a member of the group.
He does not receive any compensation for the hours of event planning, daily Facebook site maintenance and responses, queries and member questions, uniform orders; processing and distributing.
By providing a free running group which is all inclusive (regardless of age, fitness or ability) he has connected so many people to allow them to achieve their goals and be supported along the way. From being Hobart based it has spread to other communities such as Burnie, Devonport and Launceston and it is growing all the time. Chris filled a need within our community and inspires so many of us to be more that what we think we can achieve.
David Searle – President, Baseball Tasmania
As president of Baseball Tasmania, David has been responsible for developing the League from a four-team League that very few people had heard of, to an eight team League that has had outstanding media coverage and support from schools, Government, Council and the local community.
David has contributed greatly to the strategic and commercial direction of the league by securing additional funding, garnering Council and Government support, putting into place future plans for a ground upgrade, and increasing media coverage.
Volunteering almost full time hours, David is an inspirational role model for players. He leads by example in the way he manages the League with patience and understanding. David’s passion has brought out the generosity in others with players and spectators inspired to volunteer their own time and expertise. It is this camaraderie that has built such a strong community and grown the league into something that everyone involved can be proud of.
The Tasmanian Volunteering Awards are an initiative of Volunteering Tasmania and are supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, our principal sponsor Southern Cross Television and our category sponsors. To read more about our sponsors click here. To read about the Awards judging panels and judging process click here.