29th March, 2022 — Good Sports awards
NSW Volunteer of the Year winner Caroline Braddick
Canterbury Touch Association (CTA) has provided a path for adults to play Touch Football in south-west Sydney since 1976. As a result of being a Good Sports club, CTA has experienced huge growth. Over 500 junior and 200 adults are competing in 2021.
CTA is renowned for being a club based on family values, a sense of fun and with a strong commitment to compete at a representative level.
And now, one of their star volunteers has been crowned the Good Sports 2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year.
“Without Caroline Braddick there is no CTA. Caroline's committee position is Competition Manager, but she does so much more,” said Peter Forrester, club President.
“Everyone knows Caroline for her passion, inclusiveness, energy and time she invests. Caroline knows everyone at the club and their family members. She does all this while raising a young family and working in banking.”
Passionate volunteer works tirelessly
Caroline has represented CTA for over 20 years as a player and won the NSW State Cup in 2018 as a member of the Women's Premier League team. With her husband Leigh (CTA's vice-president), they’ve designed, promoted and delivered the club’s junior competition. As well as organised CTA's social competition and senior park competition for over 10 years.
Caroline's achievements have been recognised by NSW Touch Association - touch football's peak body in NSW. She was nominated for the NSW Touch Awards 2020/21 for Administrator of the Year.
“What many people may not know is that, during the COVID-19 lockdowns Sydney has experienced, Caroline regularly messages the women she plays with, sending fitness tips and ways to stay safe and healthy during a difficult time,” said Peter.
“On top of this, Caroline has been instrumental in organising our lockdown trivia night and participating with her young family every Sunday in our lockdown Zoom fitness sessions.”
Hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in Melbourne in March 2022, 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.