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

2017 Nominations

Nominate your Volunteer of the Year. Make a nomination

2016 Winner

Volunteer of the Year: Paul Growcott (Canterbury)

At the start of the year long-time volunteer Paul took on the roles of junior convenor and selector this year, making changes to the selection criteria which led to the Junior Age teams winning 7 of the 8 gold medals available at South Island teams event. Paul also assumed role of Tournament Director for the Burnside US$10,000 PSA International Tournament, secured $30,000 to make this event happen and provided live streaming of the main draw. He also provided advice and support to clubs, schools and players around funding, tournaments and facility maintenance.

2016 Volunteer Paul Growcott

The finalists for 2016, in alphabetical order, were:

  • Paul Growcott (Canterbury)
  • Troy Ramsay (Central)
  • Steve Roughan (Wellington)
  • Joanna Smales (Auckland)

Previous Winners

Year Volunteer of the Year
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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