Volunteer award winner combines his two passions
Congratulations to our own Michael Sharp, whom yesterday was the recipient of the Central West Volunteer Sporting Spirit Award for his dedicated services to the Orange Runners’ Club.
The Central West Volunteer Sporting Spirit Award is an opportunity to recognise volunteers who are the lifeblood of grassroots sport in country NSW.
Humbled by his award, Michael said that he gained more from volunteering his services to the Club than from actually running. Michael edged out 27 other worthy nominees from across the Central West region to win the inaugural award. Michael was presented with his award by Orange City Councilor and Chair of Sports and Recreation Community Committee – Mr Jason Hamling in the presence of family and friends.
Michael Sharp has been a member of the Orange Runners’ Club since 1978. He has been the Club’s handicapper since 1988, recording and adjusting times for more than 450 Club members week in-week out. Michael is also the Club’s database administrator and Chief timekeeper.
Over the past two years, Michael has implemented and operated the Club’s new electronic timing system, unselfishly foregoing his opportunity to run each week so that other members may run. Volunteering more than 10 hours per week to the Club, Michael is the backbone of the ORC, and a true Club legend.
Congratulations Michael from all Orange Runners’ Club members – you should be justifiably proud of your achievement. Without your dedication and commitment, the Orange Runners Club would not be the club it is today.
Click here to read Michael’s story in the Central Western Daily.