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Linda Mellor Honoured by Auckland Football Federation
Auckland Football CEO David Parker says Tuesday’s group of medallists serves as a shining example of the character of the volunteer base of grassroots football. “With each group of medallists we recognise, we are reminded of the wonderful impact that our passionate volunteers have on our game. Without them, we would simply not be able to function,” Parker said. “The stories of the individuals described on Tuesday are truly remarkable and, on behalf of everyone connected to the game in our Federation, I thank our latest group of Long Service Medallists for their contribution to our sport."
Linda’s association with Bay Olympic goes back to well before the amalgamation of the Green Bay-Titirangi and Blockhouse Bay Clubs in 1998. Over the years her involvement has covered all aspects within a Football Club. Whether being a supporting parent, manager, coaching the “Small Fries” (beginners group), or playing in the Green Bay-Titirangi Women’sTeam, Linda has always given one hundred per cent to the job in hand.
Linda became involved with the Green Bay Committee for the first time in 1988 when she was elected Treasurer and held that position for four years. This was followed by a spell as Secretary. In 1995 she was made a Life Member in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the Club. After a short break away, Linda returned in 2005 to take up the position of Bay Olympic Club Secretary.
Linda is employed as part time Club Coordinator 3 days a week organizing our approximately 900 Junior/ Youth and 180 Senior members. This was not enough for this workaholic, and she also became Club Manager in 2005. This involves organizing everything about the club house, including running and helping at the bar and at functions etc. On top of this she has returned to coaching the “Small Fries” group every Saturday morning during the season. Linda has also recently been accepted as the Bay Olympic representative on the Waitakere United Board.
Bay Olympic says “ Thank you very much Linda. There is a saying, ‘ we don’t know what we would do without you’ and this certainly applies to you. Your organization is outstanding, you seem to be always there to solve any problems, and this is much appreciated.”
Linda joins Annette Ockleston, Tony Andrews, David Downing and Vic Larnder as Bay Olympic members honoured for their long service by Auckland Football Federation.
To see the AFF report of the awards visit - AFF Long Service Awards