Col Johnson (2nd from left) with Tom Hafey and his twin sons William and Wesley.

2010 State Volunteer – Col Johnson (QLD)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Col Johnson is one of the seven volunteers to be named as a 2010 State Volunteer of the Year.

Over 120,000 volunteers help service Australian Football at all levels and the Australian Football League are forever grateful for the sacrifices Col and other volunteers make to continue supporting the game. 

The 2010 State Volunteers of the Year winners are rewarded with a trip of a lifetime to the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final.  The trip includes:

  • Two return airfares to Melbourne (except Victoria)
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel Melbourne (including breakfast)
  • Two tickets to the AFL Official Function at the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final
  • The opportunity to walk in the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade
  • The opportunity to attend a morning tea in the AFL Media Centre with several AFL identities to discuss issues being faced within community football.

Col had a great time in Melbourne and offered the following when asked about his weekend.

"A weekend to remember for the rest of my life.  And the result just adds another memorable moment! From the start of my travel, the first night dinner at Othello's, to the meetings at AFL House, the parade, the lunch and accommodation and finally even my cab fare, I thank you.  To all of those wonderful volunteers and partners who made the weekend so memorable.  You are all so diverse and have unique qualities but have one thing in common - you all live your life so that others may enjoy the greatest game of all."

Col Johnson’s Volunteer Profile

Col has been a key driver over the past 3 years in the growth and development of the game in the Mackay region. He has been the AFL Mackay President for the past 2 years and the year prior the Eastern Swans V/President

Col also had 30 years involvement with the Labrador AFC

  • 15 years on the executive
  • 10 years V/president
  • President of the Labrador AFC Old Boys association for 6 years

AFL Mackay
In his 2 years as AFL Mackay President Col has achieved the following:

  • Built on the success of the school based Auskick programme in the Sarina area, and was instrumental in encouraging and assisting a new club committee to form the Sarina Demons AFC.
  • Worked strongly with AFLQ RDM, and the AFL Mackay Senior League (of which he was also a committee member), to ensure the progression of the Andergrove Kangaroos to be included into the Senior competition in season 2011.
  • Developed a strong junior committee of nine (9) other volunteers, with committee members sourced from junior clubs, umpires, and other interested business people.
  • Assist with finding a suitable home ground for the Pioneer Power club, by negotiating with the Walkerstone Cricket Club to share their facility
  • Was instrumental in establishing, and obtaining sponsorship to run a successful U9 & U11 carnival, which attracted over 200 participants from within the region (Sarina to Whitsunday)
  • Encouraged clubs to access and utilize the FootyWeb system, to enter player registrations and match results, hence spreading and reducing the workload of League volunteers.
  • Developed the AFL Mackay Juniors Matchday Handbook – which provides all clubs, coaches, ground marshals and umpires a clear set of directions and game-day procedures

Col has lead a strong committee that has improved relationships and reduced confrontation, which has strengthened the code as a whole.




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