A changing industry
VOLUNTEERING for a much-loved sporting club is a great down-time from work, Portland’s Andrew “Flash” Welfare believes.
Mr Welfare is the president of the Tyrendarra Football Netball Club for his third year after previously serving as vice president, and while he has never lived there, plenty of his family members have been sportspeople for Tyrendarra.
“It gives me a break from the shop, and you have a lot of people who take an interest in the community’s future out there,” he said.
Volunteers at the club chip in to do important day-to-day tasks such as timekeeping and running water to players so he can focus on bigger-picture club activities, something he really appreciates.
A big picture man who always enjoys a chat and performs better as a club administrator than a player, Mr Welfare’s ironic nickname originated decades ago when he played under-12s football.
“My movement’s not real fast,” he chuckled.
Those games were in Mount Gambier, where he lived with his family until he was 14 years old.
Somehow the nickname followed him with the shift, but he persisted at sport, playing hockey and footy on and off in the coming 20 years or so before work and family life became more hectic.