Wyld is the State Manager at Touch Football South Australia, while Connolly is the State Council Executive Chairperson in Western Australia. The awards were presented by Touch Football Australia’s Chairman Michael Rush and Chief Executive Colm Maguire at a dinner following Saturday’s State Council Meeting. Maguire says that the awards were created to recognise the hard work of the volunteers and the staff at a state level . “Obviously they put a tonne of work into the organisation in a 12 month period and while on a lot of occasions, in particular with volunteers their work can go unheralded, but with staff it’s almost an expectation, so we wanted to make sure that we were giving something that recognised their efforts,” Maguire said. Connolly, who has been involved in Touch Football for several years, was rewarded for the work he had put into the sport as a volunteer. He is still the president of South Districts Touch in Perth – which is one of the largest affiliates in Western Australia – as well as being a manager and a selector at a state and national level. Rush and Matt Bamford (Regional Manager – West) are full of praise for the work that Connolly has done for the sport. “He’s done a lot especially in a difficult period, he put his hand up when the sport was going through a lot of change and hasn’t shied away from that position and is still there and is still very enthusiastic about continuing in the future,” Bamford said. “ Mike quoted about Ron’s ongoing commitment to the sport and the fact that he had had some major achievements against adversity this year, but also the fact that he’d basically been carrying the load by himself for a very long time and has been able to put together a council (in Western Australia),” Maguire said. Maguire said that the CEO award was to recognise staff members who embody the values and the culture that TFA are trying to bring to the sport.“Also recognising the journey in terms of going through hard times and good times and coming out the other end with positivity and I really made that positive aspect something that I wanted to capture, someone who had really put everything into it and is taking everything forward,” Maguire said. According to Maguire, Wyld was awarded the CEO’s award due to the ‘monumental year’ he has had. “He came into the organisation in late 2008, into an office that had a couple of subsequent changes and really had a massive task to do. From there he set about fixing it, he had his bumps along the way but has remained positive.“The quality of his work is outstanding, he runs everything in line with the national organisation’s processes, fits in in an absolutely unbelievable way, has gone to events and worked with us, he’s just a great character and I guess a future leader for the sport. So we wanted to recognise that we want him around as well,” Maguire said. TFA wishes to congratulate Tim and Ron on their respective awards.