Vince volunteering ‘record’ of 60 years

IN the lead up to National Volunteer Week, May 20-26, Granville Waratah SFC is shining the spotlight on their longest-serving volunteer, Vince Wyatt, 80, who joined the club in 1964 and has been on the committee for 60 consecutive years.

Last year the club even launched the Vince Wyatt Club Person of the Year Award to let him know how much his efforts have been appreciated.
Vince has done everything for the club – from playing in the senior division 1 team, coaching and canteen duties, to line-marking the fields, managing teams and guiding the club in his capacity as treasurer, president and now vice president for 10 years.
Not having children of his own, he’s particularly enjoyed having his ‘soccer family’.
“All sporting clubs are run by volunteers and I’m happy to have been able to help out wherever I could,” he said.
“A stroke in 2018 slowed me down, however, and I’m not able to get to every game I’d like.
“Soccer for me has been a way of life and I’ve never given a second thought to putting in time and effort as a volunteer; it’s always felt good and I’d certainly encourage others who want to get more out of life to start volunteering maybe with your local sporting club.”
Club President Noel Dona said: “It blows my mind when I think that Vince joined our club committee the year I was born and has been here ever since.
“I am not sure if that is a volunteer record but I have nothing but a world of respect for him and his dedication to the Waratahs as does everyone associated with the club.”