16th February, 2023 — Good Sports awards

Tammie Tugwell crowned Volunteer of the Year

Tammie Tugwell, who lives on the Yorke Peninsula, but is a loyal member of the Angas Go-Kart Club in Strathalbyn, was awarded the 2022 Good Sports National Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2002 South Australian Good Sports Volunteer of the Year Award.

She was recognised for being the beating heart of her club and going beyond the usual undertakings of a volunteer.

“It goes without saying that Tammie’s level of commitment and dedication as a volunteer is unquestionable. She is highly regarded within our club family, has a high interest in supporting junior members, making sure they are having fun and enjoying their karting,” said former club president, David Earl.

Hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation at Parliament House, Canberra in February 2023, 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.

Hard working volunteers at the heart of the club

Tammie does a lot around the go-kart club - she's the Club’s Sponsorship Coordinator, Grants Coordinator, Promotions and Publicity Officer, Social Media Administrator, Club Administrator and Race Day Official.

“People attend this club because of Tammie’s friendly and welcoming attitude. On a race day, she travels 3.5 hours to arrive at the club by 7am and does not stop until she leaves after 6pm for the return trip home,” said club member, Luke Tugwell.

“She is constantly researching and applying for grants for facility upgrades and has been the driving force behind further inclusion initiatives, for members with mental health issues,” he said.

“Tammie takes the time to connect with every child. She has a passion for our sport that cannot be described. The last thing she says to every kid before they head out on the track is to have fun and smile. It is her number one rule for all of them,” club member Chantelle Ingram said.

“If it wasn’t for her dedication as a volunteer, coupled with her larger-than-life heart, we wouldn’t have as many members at our club as we do,” Chantelle added.

"It feels very humbling, mind boggling and overwhelming to win such a prestigious award. It's just li’l ol’ me playing in the dirt, doing what I love for everybody participating, and the club," said Tammie.

Angas Go-Kart is for everyone

Having reached the highest member of the Good Sports program, Angas Go-Kart Club has a policy that covers alcohol and tobacco management, illegal drugs, mental health and safe transport.

“We’re a family friendly, inclusive club that welcomes everyone no matter their age, gender, religion or culture. Our hard-working volunteers do everything they can to provide the very best experience for all that attend,” Luke said.

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