In concluding our series previewing the individuals nominated for the inaugural Charter Hall Community Spirit Award this year, hear what Eastwood, Hunter, Randwick and Easter Suburbs rugby clubs had to say about their chosen nominees.
John Cropper – Eastwood
For anyone who has met John, you will know his care for not only the athletes, but all participants, spectators and support staff is fundamental to everything he does at Eastwood. Each week, John ensures the players and coaches are fully equipped to do their best on and off the field. John liaises closely with the opposition and has a fantastic rapport with NSW Rugby personnel and fans of every opposition. John is at the forefront of ensuring each person here feels part of the big picture. John typifies inclusiveness in his willingness to promote open and honest conversations with players, no matter whether they’re first-year players or Eastwood stalwarts.
Stewart Hazel – Hunter Wildfires
Stew’s amazing photography skills convey the power of rugby, illustrating the diverse nationalities and cultures combined to enjoy our sport. Despite full-time work commitments, Stew dedicates almost all Saturday’s snapping Wildfires matches, travelling all across NSW where necessary. His work is consistently used in The Newcastle Herald, displaying the enjoyment and community spirit that rugby can bring.
Ric McLallen – Randwick
Ric works tirelessly within the Club as gear steward, laundry manager, ground manager and Club photographer. He is the first to every training session and always the last to leave across combined Grade, Colts and Womens sessions. Ric spends countless hours downloading and editing all of Saturday’s photos for use across the Club's social channels. Ric is fiercely loyal to his players and to anyone with the Randwick rugby setup. He treats players of all grades with the same respect, ensuring everyone Ric meets feels instantly welcome within our community.
Oscar Jimenez – Eastern Suburbs
For over 3 years, Oscar has acted proudly as our referee's assistant and photographer at Eastern Suburbs. Oscar holds great admiration for our playing group and ensures all his work is completed to the highest of standards. Being of Argentinian descent, Oscar plays a role in diversifying our playing group and makes international players instantly feel welcome.