Deniliquin’s Leanne Mulham used her Senior Sportsperson of the Year acceptance speech on Australia Day to encourage more people to become involved with local organisations.
Mulham, who was honoured for her commitment to a number of different sports and the organisations that run them, said there were plenty of opportunities to contribute.
‘‘I thank Edward River Council, my family and all the wonderful committees I have been on and the people I have worked with,’’ Mulham said.
‘‘I encourage all of you, if you want to get involved, to do so because we have a number of great organisations that always need help.’’
Making Friday’s award ceremony more special was the opportunity to be honoured alongside her daughter Elena, who was joint Junior Sportsperson of the Year.
During Leanne Mulham’s decade-long involvement with four community associations, she has served on many as an executive member and always an active volunteer to help develop facilities and provided lasting improvements for children and adults alike.
Deniliquin North School’s P&C, the Deniliquin Swimming Club, Deniliquin Little Athletics Club and Deniliquin Soccer Association have all benefited from her professionalism, proactive mind and ‘let’s get this done’ attitude.
In her nomination, Mulham is described as someone who ‘‘embodies all that being an outstanding citizen stands for’’.
While treasurer of Deniliquin Swimming Club from 2013-2016, on top of her regular treasurer duties Mulham successfully secured grants that improved the equipment and training for volunteers.
Managing the merchandise of swimmers, ordering stock, stock take and carnival finances were all duties she took on in her stride.
It was while performing these duties that Mulham also stepped up to become president of Deniliquin Little Athletics from 2014-2017.
‘‘As president, Leanne continued to secure grants that saw Deniliquin Little Athletics purchase timing gates and computer programs - an innovation that has allowed athletes and parents to keep track of athlete achievements and improvements online,’’ the nomination read.
‘‘Another successful initiative Leanne has instigated has been moving the 16 week Little Athletics season to start and finish before Christmas.
‘‘This move has assisted with the number of registrations and avoided the drop off after Christmas.
‘‘Leanne has also built up the number of entries at the annual Deniliquin Athletics carnival to over 200, a number that had not been seen for over a decade.
‘‘Leanne has been willing to instigate and promote Athletics Officials and Introduction to Coaching courses here in Deniliquin. Having these courses offered has not only empowered Little Aths parents, but the flow on effect to their children has been very positive.’’
Mulham has also taken on executive roles with the Deniliquin Soccer Committee since joining in 2012.
She was secretary from 2013 to 2015, president in 2016 and remains an active committee member.
‘‘Of course it’s not always the position the person holds that is the best indicator of their involvement and contribution,’’ the nomination read.
‘‘Leanne has been committed and put in 100 per cent to the work which needs doing to arrange the competition each year.’’