Passion for youth drives Volunteer of the Year

2020 Hockey New Zealand Volunteer of the Year – Judith Quinlan (North Harbour)

Judith Quinlan is someone North Harbour Hockey feels like they’d be lost without.

As a volunteer, her passion for all participants in our game is hard to match. She is extremely caring for our youth and just wants everyone to have a positive experience with hockey.

Quinlan wears several hats for her hockey whānau at North Harbour Hockey – from being a member of multiple working groups and committees, to coaching primary school winter and summer teams, managing the ABC Division 1 team, and being a founding member of the Warkworth Club Committee.

In 2020, she acted as the Auckland Intercity Competition Match Official, officiating at least one game a week as a match judge or timer in the 17-week long competition.

Our Volunteer of the Year also worked in the development and participation space with roles such as the Tournament Director for the Upper North Island Secondary School Tournament which was delivered under Level 2 requirements.

In addition, Quinlan assisted as the co-ordinator of youth hockey delivery sessions in Level 2 lockdown as well as being a volunteer collaborator for the Harbour Hockey at Home programme.

The aim of this programme was to provide development opportunities for our primary-aged children to keep them involved in hockey when they were stuck at home. It also helped parents break up the day-to-day teaching lessons. Thirty kids signed up to take part.

On top of all this, she finds time to play for the Warkworth Division 2 team who won their grade last year earning promotion into Division 1.

Quinlan gives her time so willingly, expects nothing in return, and is the true definition of all our sport’s values.

Posted on Wednesday, 5 May, 2021 | CommunityFeature