Angela Broadbent’s longstanding service to Victorian Softball has been recognised with the most prestigious volunteer award in the state.
The Werribee Softball Association stalwart was one of up to 60 volunteers to be nominated recently to receive the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Award in 2017, which recognises volunteers for their outstanding contributions across four categories including Service, Leadership, Impact and Team Work.
Angela was to receive her award in the ‘Service’ category at a ceremony at Government House in early December, before the ceremony was postponed to a yet to be announced date due to the threat of severe inclement weather.
Nevertheless, the nomination is a well-deserved acknowledgement of Angela’s contribution to the Werribee Softball Association and the wider Victorian Softball community as whole, and is one she is immensely proud of.
“It’s pretty special to be acknowledged as a volunteer with an honour such as this,” Angela said.
“Volunteers never set out to receive awards, but it certainly does make you feel appreciated for all of the work that you do.”
Angela has held a variety of roles on the Werribee Softball Association Executive, including the role of Vice President (2003/04 & 2014/15), as registrar (2004/05, 2009/10-2013/14 & 2015/16) and is also the Chair and Tournament Organiser of the Werribee Memorial Shield.
Angela has also been a wonderful servant of the Softball Victoria Umpires, with her contribution in this area recognised in 2016 with the Margo Koskelainen Umpire of the Year Award for her service to the Victorian Umpiring Committee and umpiring in general. Also in 2016, Angela received the Merle Short Service Award in recognition of her valuable contribution to softball in Victoria.
While her numerous volunteer roles in softball have and continue to keep her busy, Angela says her enduring love of the sport is what motivates her to keep putting her hand up.
“I began playing softball when I was about 10 years old and loved it,” Angela said.
“I was very fortunate to belong to a club (City Raiders Softball Club) with some amazing mentors who taught me the importance of giving back to the sport.
“From about the age of 14 I always took on a role in addition to playing, whether that was umpiring, scoring, coaching or committee work.
“I found that I loved all aspects of the sport and relished the opportunity to be involved in as many ways as possible.”
Rounding out Angela’s valued volunteer work has been the organisation and creation of the History of Softball website, which was recently launched to share the history of Softball Victoria with the wider community.
“The history of Victorian Softball is something that I am very passionate about and it is extremely rewarding project to be a part of,” Angela said.
“The History Project Working Group has been active since 2015 and I’ve been lucky have the opportunity to work with some dedicated volunteers, such as SV Life Members Elaine Duyvestyn and Margo Koskelainen OAM, and former player Julianne Hoskin.
“There are so many amazing people within our sport and I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of them and hear their stories.
“This is definitely why I enjoy the history project – everyone that I have spoken to has been so willing to sit down and talk to me about their time in the sport, share their photos and memorabilia and answer my questions.”
“I am hoping that as we continue to develop the website the current softball community will better understand the proud history of Victorian Softball.”
On behalf of the Victorian Softball community, Softball Victoria congratulates Angela on receiving the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Award and thanks her for her continuous service to the sport.