2020 Sky Sport Most Outstanding Young Person – Finn Caske (Manawatū)
Finn Caske has become what you may call an informal staff member at Hockey Manawatū. In 2020, his work ethic and love for hockey shone through in the endless number of tasks he helped out with to progress hockey in the region.
From the many hours spent at the turf running the hooters, timer and scoreboards to watering the turf, turning on the lights and staffing the gate during Covid-19 Level 2, Caske clearly does not hesitate to get involved if he sees something that needs to be done.
What is even more impressive is that he has single-handedly recruited more volunteers for Hockey Manawatū over the past year than anyone else before, while also teaching them how to operate the scoreboards and the likes to be self-sufficient.
Caske also umpires club, secondary school and junior hockey. He umpired at a number of tournaments last year and was named Most Improved Umpire at the Super 8 event. He also umpired every week in the senior summer club competition, and took the initiative to serve as Technical Official in our Secondary Schools InterCity competition – recruiting a number of up-and-coming umpires to do the same.
Last year he was the youngest ever recipient of Hockey Manawatū’s President’s Cup for being the most valued and valuable volunteer in our community, a role model for young and older members, and a massive asset to Hockey Manawatū and our sport.
Caske is the embodiment of a volunteer, but even more, he does much to recruit and energise others to volunteer as well.