John Turnbull 2017/18 Rod Wise Medalist

The 12th annual New South Wales Touch Association State Awards was tonight held at the Bankstown Sports Club. These awards recognise excellence within all aspects of our sport and organisation. The NSWTA night of nights is positioned in the midst of our State Conference, a valuable opportunity for those in our sport to be recognised.

The Rod Wise Medal (Volunteer of the Year) always carries the highest honour for the evening. This year’s award was presented to John Turnbull from the Central Coast Touch Association.

John Turnbull has been involved with the Central Coast Touch Association for over 30 years and has been a state graded referee since 2005.

John is a long-standing volunteer and is incredibly dedicated to Central Coast Touch, The Hunter Western Hornets region and to New South Wales Touch Football as a whole.

He is currently a Level 6 referee and has officiated a number of NSW Touch Football All School events, along with delivering high quality referee courses for his affiliate, and within his region.

The award comes as a surprise and John is extremely humbled by this award.

“This is certainly an accolade I wasn’t expecting and I am so grateful to New South Wales Touch Football, Central Coast Touch Association and my Region for the constant support,” John said.

“From here I think I will continue doing what I do best and that is helping out my club, region and state in all things Touch Football.”

2017/18 Rod Wise Medal (Volunteer of the Year)
John Turnbull – Central Coast Touch Association
Phil Rainger – Taree Touch Association
Georgia Randall – Northern Beaches Touch Association
Melinda Walls – Maitland Touch Football Association
Joel Begnell – City of Orange Touch Association
Tony Webb – Ballina Touch Association
Les Bouveng – Sydney Rebels

Winner: John Turnbull – Central Coast Touch Association

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