A champion off the field - Liam Rice


27/08/2019



By NSW Rugby Media

Liam Rice has played a crucial role in getting junior rugby up and running in Bourke.

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Since 2017 the founding president of the Bourke Rams Junior Rugby Union Club has worked tirelessly within the community to build a junior base that now boasts more than 50 members.

Rice was recently recognised at the NSW Rugby Awards Night where he was presented with the Volunteer of the Year (Youth) Award. He was thrilled to receive the award from one of his idols, former NSW Waratahs and Wallabies prop Matt Dunning.

Award recipient Rice grew up playing a different kind of rugby but at the age of 17 he switched codes and hasn’t looked back.

“It’s a sport you don’t have to be the absolute best at, but you can still be a contributing member of the team/club, that includes on and off the field,” Rice said.

Volunteering is in Rice’s blood – both his parents were heavily involved in junior sport.

“I enjoy giving back to the community that has given me many opportunities through my life,” he said.

As a passionate rugby supporter and former player, Rice along with a few like-minded parents volunteered to start the Bourke Rams Junior Rugby Union Club.

With some of the kids at his club having never watched the game before, let alone played, Rice’s favourite part of volunteering is, “getting to see the improvement in the kids as their skills, knowledge and understanding of the game grows each week.”

“It gives you a feeling of pride to know what you are doing is benefiting the children,” he said.

Rice and his wife Tiffanie travelled to Sydney so that he could accept the award.

He encouraged those thinking about volunteering to get in touch with their local rugby club.

“Just do it, you won’t regret it,” he said.



If you know a volunteer deserving of recognition, you can nominate them for Rugby Australia’s Volunteer of the Year Award. The winner will receive $10,000 for their club.




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