National Awards

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteers fill many roles and are the lifeblood of many squash clubs throughout the country. They make our sport happen in the community and are vital to the development of the game.

Established in 2012, the Volunteer of the Year award rewards outstanding contribution from a volunteer to the sport of squash within New Zealand.

Judging Criteria

Winners from each of the 11 regional District Associations are put forward as contenders for the coveted National Award.

When deciding a judging panel considers the following:

  • Engagement - ability to inspire goodwill and develop others
  • Commitment - evidence of contributing time and dedicated service
  • Impact - signs of influence on the community to achieve results

2018 Nominations

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2017 Winner

Volunteer of the Year: Nic Dann (Canterbury)

Nic is a member of the Marlborough College Old Boys Squash Club and her nomination read as follows:

Club Squash

  • Committee member for the Marlborough College Old Boys Squash Club 2016-2017
  • Sole organiser social squash league Oct-Nov 2016, Feb-Mar 2017 called "Blowout Squash" involving taking names, creating draws, unlocking club, running the bar and correlating results for the 6-week block of the competitions.
  • Sole organiser of competitive squash league, Feb-Mar 2017 called "Game, Mark, Go" involving taking names, creating draws, unlocking club, running the bar and correlating results for the 6-week block of the competition.
  • Ran introduction to club coaching workshop in April
  • Ran coaching workshop for members in May
  • Supported with draw and running of J-Grade tournament hosted by the club
  • General committee support for tournaments and other initiatives

Marlborough Squash

  • Created the funding proposal and organised all junior players into Marlborough Coaching Development Squads for 2017 season.
  • Organised the coaches of the Junior Development Squads with their squad times, venues and players, ready to start early in 2017
  • Involved with discussion with Squash Canterbury on the support required from Squash Canterbury for the Clubs at the Top of the South
  • Coached Junior Development Squad of 7 members during 2017 playing season
  • Organised for Coaching courses to be run to develop more coaches in Marlborough for the later part of 2017 (outside of this nomination timeframe)

School Squash (Marlborough Boys College)

  • Organised and ran the 22 members of the MBC College Squash Teams that attended three major tournaments requiring planing, management, coaching and attendance.
  • Coached the school team of 7 players for the South Island Secondary School Champs in Christchurch in June
  • Coached the school team of 21 players for the Tasman Secondary School Champs in Nelson in July
  • Coached the school team of 11 players for the National Secondary School Tournament in Palmerston North in August
  • Continues to support and grow the sport of squash at Marlborough Boys College as a volunteer service to the school NZ Secondary School Squash
  • President of the NZ Secondary School Squash Association during this term, leading the NZSSSA committee, developing key relationships with Squash NZ, NZSS Sports Council, Regional Sporting Trusts and the many schools involved in Sec Schools National
  • Selector of the NZSSSA team to complete in the Trans Tasman Exchange
  • Facilitated the Nomination and Selection process of the NZSSS players involved in the Trans Tasman Exchange, complete with written guidelines for selection, policy development and other administrative tasks.
  • Coached the NZSS Squash Team of 20 players who attended the Trans Tasman Exchange in Rock Hampton, Australia for their 4 day tournament of 10 matches each player. Nic ran the girls team of 10 players, actively coaching and managing the players needs for 100 matches that the girls played. NZ won the tournament comprehensively.
  • Was the organiser of the Trans Tasman trip requirements including accommodation, flights, tournament details and the coordination of passports and other logistics.

Nic Dann 2017

The finalists for 2017, in alphabetical order, were:

  • Nic Dann (Canterbury)
  • Andrea Dudley (Southland)
  • Gabe Marsters (Northland)
  • Bruce Morgan (Waikato)
  • Vicki Rae (Midlands)


Previous Winners

Year Volunteer of the Year
2017 Nic Dann, Canterbury
2016 Paul Growcott, Canterbury
2015 Don McDonald, Cromwell
2014 Josie Fenwicke, The Thorndon Club
2013 Karen Hadfield, Manurewa
2012 Deb Boyd-Collins, Devoy Squash & Fitness


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