Breakers stalwart is top AFL volunteer

David Ward is presented with his award by AFL management committee president Adam Croxton.
David Ward is presented with his award by AFL management committee president Adam Croxton.

It is fair to say that without David Ward, Coolum would not have a junior AFL team.

For four years David has poured his heart and soul into establishing the Coolum Breakers.

He steered the club from just an idea to fielding junior teams from under-8 through to under-14 divisions.

Last week, the unassuming Sunshine Coast director of Medical Imaging Services was named the AFL Sunshine Coast Volunteer of the Year, ahead of nine other dedicated nominees.

“I have known all of these for a number of years, and they are all really high quality people,” David said.

“For this reason specifically, it was an absolute honour to be chosen from this group as the regional winner.”

David was president of the club for its first three years, helping take it from just a committee at the end of 2004 to a thriving club with about 90 registered players this year.

He took a step back this year from the presidency to concentrate of finding a permanent playing facility for the club.

David will represent the Sunshine Coast league at the State Volunteer and Coach Recognition Dinner on November 15.

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