Mel Phillips

2009 State Volunteer of the Year - Mel Phillips

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mel began volunteering in 1988 when she coordinated a school based program at Redwood Park PS in SA. 

She has taken a strong interest in creating participation opportunities for indigenous children including the development of an Indigenous learning centres in Alice Springs to assist town camp kids becoming involved in AFL Juniors.  This has included gaining council support to pay for registration fees for underpriveliged Indigenous children. 

As an AFLNT School Ambassador Mel has organised school clinics, promoted AFLNT programs within the school, relays AFLNT messages through school newsletters, training other teaches in the use of AFL school resources and recruiting new AFLNT school ambassadors both at Bradshaw PS (Mel's workplace) and other schools in Alice Springs. 

Over the past 10 years, Mel has had an enormous involvement with NT school sport representative teams.  She is a committee member for Desert Storm (the name of Alice Springs school sport teams).  This year Mel organised most of the logistics for 3 teams (1 town & 2 bush) to compete in an U13 carnival. 

Mel has been AFL Juniors president for 4 years, an Auskick centre coordinator for 10 years and been team manager for the Larapinta Lions AFL Juniors Club for 5 years.  Mel has been significant in attracting members to the AFL Juniors Committee. 

She is an active member of the social committe for Federals FC in Alice Springs. 

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