Nominees for 2020 AFL New Zealand Volunteer of the Year

The AFL New Zealand High Performance Awards recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the very best in athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers and what they offer to the development of AFL in Aotearoa.

 

The scheduling of the awards for its eighth year was due to take place on April 4th. Due to COVID-19, this will now take place electronically and we encourage you to support those involved and their efforts.

Over the next 10 days, AFL New Zealand will be announcing the nominees for all seven categories of the annual AFL New Zealand High Performance Awards and the winner’s will be announced via the AFL New Zealand website and social media platforms in the coming weeks.

Categories include: 

    • AFL New Zealand Coach of the year
    • AFL New Zealand Senior Player of the year
    • AFL New Zealand Female Player of the Year
    • AFL New Zealand U18 Player of the year
    • AFL New Zealand U17 Player of the year
    • AFL New Zealand Rising Star
    • AFL New Zealand Volunteer of the year

AFL New Zealand would like to congratulate the following nominees for the 2020 AFL New Zealand Volunteer of the Year. 

 

Congratulations to all the nominees!

 

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke has been doing great things down in Christchurch over the past 18 months.

Clarke has been in charge of the AFLNZ Academy in the region and was due to coach the Level 1 Academy side for the second year running for this years Mornington tour of NZ.

He has been involved in coaching in the Youth competition along with involvement in the local Canterbury League and helped kick start the Women’s game.

 

Donna Gill

Wellington based Donna Gill has made a impact in the development of the sport in the nations capital over past few years.

Donna gives up her time to help out with the local Wellington league, AFL New Zealand Youth competition and the AFL New Zealand Academy to ensure events run smooth and efficient.

She is the current manager of the Northern Suns in the AFL New Zealand Premiership.

 

Howard Gilbert

Howard Gilbert has been involved in multiple roles with the University Blues Football Club in the Auckland local league for over 20 years and is the current Team Manager of 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiers, the Southern Saints.

He has been the manager of the New Zealand Falcons since 2017 and has volunteered his time to help out with the AFL Cup Secondary Schools Competition.

Howard has recently turned his attention to the Women’s game, where he will work alongside the Auckland AFL to help grow the game in the Women’s space.

 

Jarrod Darlington

Jarrod Darlington has been involved in a volunteer role within the AFL community for the past 15 years.

Jarrod first became involved in a managers role with the Waitakere Magpies in the Auckland AFL. A smooth operator, Jarrod was appointed team manager of the New Zealand side at the 2011 International Cup.

Since 2012, he has been the treasurer of the Auckland AFL and has been a key umpire for the league and the AFL New Zealand Premiership and continues to volunteer his time to help the game grow.

 

Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews has been a long standing volunteer of AFL in New Zealand since the 1980’s.

Following his retirement from playing, Mark has been a key umpire in the Auckland AFL.

Over the past few years, Mark has volunteered his time to help out with new AFL New Zealand programmes including the Youth competition, Academy and most recently, the Women’s Premiership.