STAWELL - A volunteer who has given more than twenty-five years service to the Stawell Riding for the Disabled is the Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly's valued volunteer of the year winner for 2013.
Lynn Gunning's service to the club along with her horse "Icecream" won her the accolade over one of the hottest fields of nominees ever received by the Assembly.
"It was a tough decision to make especially with so many wonderful nominations from a variety of sports across the region, but Lynn's stood out for her length of service, her commitment to the Stawell Riding for the Disabled and the depth of work performed for the members and coaches at the club," WRSA chairman Jeff Pekin said.
Lynn keeps weekly records and provides information to coaches with regards to attendance of riders. Lynn also keeps attendance records for volunteers and horses, and she is the contact person for carers and schools if riders are unable to attend.
Lynn is your typical dyed in the wool committee member, being heavily involved in any catering activities, clearings ales, raffles and plant outs for environmental groups.
Her horse 'Icecream' also received an award for 20 years service to the Stawell RDA. This award recognises the fact that Lynn was prepared to bring "Icecream" on a weekly basis for more than 20 years.
Lynn's name will go down on the honor board of valued volunteers which includes 2012 winner Taylors Lake's Ian Jackson, Horsham United's Peter Miller, Natimuk's Willie Hanson and legendary volunteers including Maurie Wade, Helen Short and Max Burke.
Lynn received her award from the Assembly's chairman Jeff Pekin, a previous winner in front of an appreciative group of Stawell RDA members and staff and board members at the Assembly's annual general meeting.