Dennis Nothdurft was one of five finalists for Rugby Australia HSBC Volunteer of the Year at the recent 2019 Rugby Australia Awards.
While not taking out the top gong, to be recognised among his peers for a prestigious award is an achievement in itself.
Dennis said that he was surprised, but grateful, to be named as a finalist for the award.
“There are so many great people working in rugby working every day to keep the spirit of rugby alive, so to be recognised as one of the front runners is an honour,” Dennis said.
Dennis is a long standing member of the Western Sydney Rugby Community and Norwest Bulls Rugby Club, volunteering in multiple capacities.
Despite Dennis having no children in the Western Sydney Minis program, he still attends every game and acts as a third referee, or assists in the development of coaches within the program.
He also has a passion for helping junior referees, and this year has grown the number of junior referees, within the district, from one to six.
Dennis values the community feel at Norwest Bulls and encourages others to get involved where they can.
“Volunteering is easy if you’re doing something you love, with great people around you,” he said.
“Find a club with great culture, like I’ve found at Norwest Bulls, and do whatever you can to help make it better!”