Recently named volunteer of the year at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club Craig Cameron believes volunteering is vital to the survival of sporting clubs.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Port Lincoln community and Mr Cameron’s role as a volunteer is one many parents can relate to.
Mr Cameron said he first starting volunteering for the club when his son decided he would like to try sailing.
“We came down and introduced ourselves and took it from there.
“Originally when we came down he went out, they put me on a boat with some experienced kids and I offered my services up to go out on the pick up boats.”
“From that I got involved with what they were doing out on the water and learn something about sailing myself because I wasn’t a sailor at the time,” he said.
Mr Cameron said volunteering was great especially for people who had children involved, as clubs were always looking for extra hands.
“I just think everyone should get into it.
“The benefit of being involved in something with your children, I think that’s going to have a long term benefit for them growing up to see their parents involved.”
When asked what he thought it meant to be a volunteer, Mr Cameron said it was simply about putting something back into the community and offering up your services and time.
“I have some accounting background so I’m able to assist with the treasury type role, and present some figures for the management of the club.
“Everyone has something they can offer and they all come together and that’s what makes the club work.”
In recognition for Mr Cameron’s services, the Port Lincoln Yacht Club awarded him the club volunteer of the year for the 2016/2017 season.
“To be honest I was very surprised, I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Mr Cameron said of the win.
Everyone has something they can offer and they all come together and that’s what makes the club work.Craig Cameron
He said it was an honour to achieve the award and enjoyed providing his treasury services the last two years.
“I enjoy being a part of the club, offering up some ideas and putting my thoughts into it, and helping it to grow and prosper as time goes on.
Mr Cameron said he hoped there were many more years to come in volunteering for the sailing club.