Seeing beginners progress through the Tatura Football and Netball Club’s equestrian arm is the reason for Sue Terry being a long-time volunteer of the organisation.
In her nine years at the club, Mrs Terry has met and worked with many people and was acknowledged for her volunteering at the recent Equestrian Victoria 2017 Sports Achievement Awards, where she was awarded the Dressage Volunteer of the Year.
Despite being told that she was nominated, Mrs Terry had no idea she was going to take out the award.
‘‘We knew we were nominated as a list of nominations were published a week ago,’’ she said.
‘‘I was chuffed. I’m thrilled. It was just a buzz to be on stage with the calibre of the other volunteers.
‘‘Although I do other things in the sport, this award was for my role as a volunteer but my main two roles are as director for the Tatura Dressage Classic and the Dressage Judges Education Panel fundraiser, which are both run (as fundraisers) for the Tatura Football and Netball Club.’’
Mrs Terry has filled many roles throughout her time at the club, which has led to her current position of event secretary.
‘‘It was a natural progression,’’ she said.
After the award was announced, Mrs Terry was surprised by the feedback she received from people on social media.
‘‘I didn’t know I knew that many people on Facebook. I was staggered about the comments and congratulations from people that I didn’t realise knew how hard we worked.
‘‘We wouldn’t be anywhere without the club and if I could, I would cut the the award into pieces and give everyone a piece’’
Despite her wanting to give everyone a piece of the prize, she would save the biggest piece for her husband, Duncan.
‘‘A special congratulations has to go to Duncan. He travelled from LA (Los Angeles) to Melbourne for the awards and then flew to Kansas City through to Dallas on the Sunday (the day after the event),’’ she said.
The Tatura Football and Netball Club was also nominated for Equestrian Club of the Year but went home empty-handed.