Tatiara local Jim Hunt was honoured at the Hockey SA awards night on September 4 when he received the 2017 Hockey SA Outstanding Service to Hockey Award.
This award acknowledges an individual who has made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the development, promotion, management and administration of hockey in South Australia over an extended period of time.
The award honours the vision, innovation and exemplary achievements of a hockey leader who contributes to the hockey community above and beyond expectations; an influential role model who motivates others to excel.
Jim was nominated by the Tatiara Hockey Association, which felt his dedication and service to local hockey and with his contributions spanning more than 40 years made him a worthy recipient of the award.
As a young player, Jim played for the Willalooka Hockey Club, however being a community minded person, Jim did not hesitate to be where there was a need, and this saw him play for all clubs over the years.
Instrumental in starting the Mundulla Titans men’s team in 1992, and later the High School Women in 2005, Jim inspired younger players to become involved at club level, leading by example with his hard work and boundless energy.
With a young family involved in junior hockey, Jim took on a junior coaching role in the year 2000, continuing this until 2015.
In that time Jim showed his passion and determination for all to be involved, welcoming all children and families into the hockey community by going out of his way to ensure everyone could be involved.
Through Jim’s involvement with migrant families in the community he made the association aware of families in need and initiated a “discretionary policy” for the THA to cover membership fees.
Over the past 10 years, Jim has contributed to the development of umpires within the Tatiara Hockey Association, working with new umpires to ensure they develop skills and confidence.
Having held many executive positions at club and association level, Jim was awarded Tatiara Hockey Association life membership in 2008.
Jim, his wife Sonya and daughter Amy Hunt attended the awards ceremony at the Adelaide Hilton, along with Tatiara Hockey Association president Linda Andersen and other delegates.