Allyson Gofton named Hockey NZ Administrator of the Year

Allyson’s generosity, guidance, and support, are reflected in her community of Cambridge where she plays a big role in the community, local school, and Suburbs-Piako Hockey Club.

She tirelessly gives her time and attention to her club, going above and beyond her duty as secretary. Allyson helped organise a recent strategic planning exercise and persuaded national, regional, and association-based representatives to attend which provided valuable insight to her community. 

Allyson is an integral part of the team at Suburbs-Piako, driving home some of their key messages about youth, youth leadership, and youth governance. She has also helped organise fundraising, finding new ways to empower the club and running events such as  the infamous clubcheese roll where Allyson arranged sponsorship of the cheese and cream and helped the club raise $5000. She also plays a pivotal role in securing grants for her club.

Beyond this, Allyson spends a number of hours at the turf, following up on managers around uniforms and equipment, and where she can, helps out with managing some of the club’s teams, when others are unable to do so. 

Allyson operates as a powerhouse amongst her club, and the local hockey community. She is never short of ideas centred around opportunities that enhance the health and well-being of club members, as a result, Suburbs-Piako club has grown in the last 2-3 years. 

Her club committee has this to say about her:

“Allyson has taken on much of the work that other Clubs would ask different members of their committee to do. To this end, as a committee, we have recognised Allyson’s efforts and are now looking to allocate some of these tasks to others.

Her inquisitive nature and her drive to see things through the completion has really helped the club achieve some key tasks this year.

Allyson also volunteers for the school PTA on top of her cooking business and renovating her house. Her passion for hockey in general and for Suburbs-Piako Hockey club is unrivaled and I’m really not sure where the club would be without her efforts this year.”

Posted on Wednesday, 4 May, 2022 | FeatureOther