29th February, 2024 — Volunteers

Sam Medhurst crowned Volunteer of the Year

Sam Medhurst from Campania Football Club was named the 2023 Good Sports National and Tasmanian Volunteer of the Year. He was recognised for being the beating heart of his club and going beyond the usual undertakings of a volunteer.

Club vice president, Jeff Beven, said in over 10 years of involvement in the club, there was not much Sam hadn’t done.

“The impact Sam has on our younger members has been particularly important for our club – he is an exceptional role model on and off the field, breaking the stereotype of what a footballer looks like by showing that drinking and football don’t go hand in hand,” Jeff said.

Hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation at Parliament House, Canberra in February 2024, the Awards ceremony recognised Good Sports clubs and their dedicated volunteers from across the country who are passionate about community, their members and making their club the very best it can be.

Committed star of the club for over a decade

Jeff explained that Sam's involvement in the club had also bridged the gap between playing and non-playing members, leading to connections that may never had formed otherwise.

“Sam is our current Vice Captain, five times best and fairest player, committee member, runner, and regular driver, among other things.”

And, Sam is never one to give up, even when faced with challenges.

“Last season, Sam sustained an injury that would have ended most people's year. Instead of seeing it as time off, he took it as an opportunity to do more for the club and acted as runner, driving other players to games up to 2 hours away, and still never missed a training session.”

Campania Football Club say that joining Good Sports and implementing Good Sports policies has helped them improve club culture and educate their members about drug use and responsible alcohol consumption.

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