Dedication and Commitment

first_imgBy Julian BuckmasterNo two words better exemplify and embody the performance of the Australian open teams’ successful return of the Trans Tasman trophy to these shores following a 12-month sabbatical across the ditch. It was swift and sweet but it was grit and toil and a large dose of dedication and commitment at the heart of Australia’s stunning and emphatic 3-0 series win over New Zealand.But while the Australian players, coaches and support teams demonstrated these key attributes in spades over the Anzac weekend in Mudgee to secure the silverware, and notably with an exclamation mark on the eve of 2015 TWC, it’s often the unsung heroes who don’t strive for medals or titles. But, significantly, are no less deserving while putting in the hard yards and delivering quantity with quality in the service of our great sport.Immediately following the close of this successful series and on field presentations at Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee, the Australian teams bunkered down for a breather to reflect on their achievements at a special closed ceremony to recognise and award their great achievements. To the winners the spoils and awards assigned to those very deserving. Not the least the elusive Trans Tasman trophy happy to be back on the continent and on proud and prominent display to all who contributed to its belated return. And, significantly, awards presented also to those whose efforts beyond the stripe often go unheralded and unrewarded.TFA CEO Colm Maguire, paid special tribute to the teams and staff in light of above, but fittingly to one TFA staff member, a special tribute and award, to suit.The Phil Smith Medal is presented annually by TFA to recognise a tireless worker and performer that personifies the effort and drive and service of like individuals; much like the medal’s namesake, one of Touch Football’s true pioneers.Whether it’s posting, or tweeting or researching, reporting or photographing, no one in the sport is more dedicated and committed to the task of informing the world of the world of touch and all it’s tales and travails from TFA Central.Lauren Pritchard, whose talents are well known at TFA and in the Touch Football fraternity, but typically goes about her work with a smile and the minimum of fuss and exposure, was rightly recognised by her peers in the Australian teams’ contingent as this year’s worthy medal recipient.Her tireless efforts and often sleepless nights bears testimony to her own brand of dedication and commitment providing great social/media coverage of this and several other events in years past.It’s these attributes and Colm’s reference of dedication and commitment that so clearly reflect and resemble “Pritch”; and to which the sport and the team at TFA all truly admire and are forever grateful.Befitting the team work and selflessness that highlighted the Australian teams 2014 campaign, Lauren shared the Phil Smith Medal on equal votes with another tireless performer and invaluable volunteer, Steve Cunningham.Fresh from physio and flag bearing duties, Steve joined Lauren on stage to receive the medal and the generous applause from all in attendance.The late Phil Smith could be no prouder of these two and their unstinting support of the sport, in honour of his name and his like contribution.To these winners, the spoils.Related LinksPhil Smith Medallast_img


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