By Jennifer Lo
To celebrate National Volunteer Week we are highlighting winners from the 2012 AFL Queensland Volunteer and Coach Awards.
Today’s pick is Janie McCullagh from Brisbane, winner of the 2012 Female Coach of the Year Award.
The Female Coach of the Year is an award given to a female coach involved in female or male competitions who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities, communication skills and knowledge of the game.
With the significant growth of female participation in our game, female coaches can be seen as strong role models for other females in the club and in the community.
Janie’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious, a pair of characteristics that separate her from the crowd. She has so much energy that you can’t help but follow her lead, a quality that goes hand in hand with the duties of coaching.
Previously, Janie was involved with AFL in remote communities in the Northern Territory, and was often the only woman out the on the field.
She loves to inspire kids at a young age to develop them not only as footy players but also to grow into confident young adults.
In her first year Janie coached the Ipswich U14’s boys to the Grand Final.
Nominations for the 2013 AFL Queensland Coach and awards close Friday 26th July 2013, and regional level winners are recognised at league level end-of-season functions. These winners also automatically become state level nominations.
The AFL Queensland State Volunteer and Coaching Awards Dinner is a highly prestigious event held in September, where all state level awards are presented.
The most prestigious award, AFL Queensland Volunteer of the Year, receives a once in a lifetime experience including 2 tickets to the 2013 AFL Grand Final with all flights and accommodation included and the opportunity to walk in the AFL Grand Final Parade which attracts 100 000 fans each year.
CLICK HERE to nominate