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Monday, 31 October 2011
Page: 12021

Mr LYONS (Bass) (13:46): 24 September was a momentous day for the Launceston Football Club. Launceston not only became the first side from the electorate of Bass to win the premiership in the new Tasmanian state football league but also won the premiership in the Colts as well as receiving many of the five individual player honours.

But I want to focus on the achievements of an individual who does not collect the headlines like the players do but is every bit as important. Raelene Giblin won the joint AFL Tasmania club Volunteer of the Year Award, along with Alan and Annette Richards of the Clarence Football Club. It was a just reward for Raelene after 24 years of dedicated service to the Launceston Football Club. A tireless worker, Raelene provides dinner for the players every Thursday night during the season, works in the canteen on match days and even mends the players' jumpers during the week. This external recognition of her contribution demonstrates what a fine servant she has been for the club. I take this opportunity to congratulate Raelene on her achievement. Volunteers like her are the lifeblood of our local footy clubs. Without them, the clubs would cease to function. Thank you, Raelene Giblin. I wish you many more years to come.