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Getting it Dunn

INVERLOCH resident Steven Dunn was recently awarded a nation-wide honour for his contributions to underwater sports in Australia.

Happy with that: Inverloch’s Steven Dunn received a national award for his effort in promoting underwater hockey.

Happy with that: Inverloch’s Steven Dunn received a national award for his effort in promoting underwater hockey.

The Australian Underwater Federation recently named Steve as the recipient of the 2013 Beau Beere Award.
Named after a prominent sports administrator, the award is bestowed to the person considered to have done the most for the advancement of underwater sports in Australia during the previous 12 months.
Steve was recognised for his contribution to the sport of Underwater Hockey and especially his junior development work. His association with the sport goes back to 1980.
As a member of the South Gippsland Dive Club and the South Eastern Area Board Rider’s Club he suggested the two clubs play one another in a game of underwater hockey. Steve played with the eventual victors of that foundation game, the board riders’ team.
Since then he has held various committee positions with the local club which plays at both Wonthaggi and Leongatha. Steve’s roles have included President, Treasurer and Secretary. After more than 30 years he is still actively involved.
The federal president of the Australian Underwater Federation Graham Henderson announced the award and acknowledged Steve’s long and dedicated service.
“He has held numerous administrative positions over the years along with huge input into the promotion of juniors into the club and sport,” Mr Henderson said.
“Steve is to be congratulated for all his achievements. His nomination showed the respect, consideration and esteem with which he is held.”
Current club president Kevin Chisholm said it was well-deserved recognition.
“It is great to see Steve being acknowledged at a national level. He has had an enormous influence in the sport of underwater hockey, not just here in the local area but across Victoria and Australia,” he said.
“Steve’s enduring legacy is getting so many kids involved. He had a huge influence on my development within the sport and literally hundreds of people have played underwater hockey as a result of his passion. He teaches young kids about the importance of commitment and discipline. He instils a respect for fair play in everyone he teaches.”
Not content with his contribution to date, Steve is busy preparing another crop of junior players who will travel to the Gold Coast in late January.
There, they will compete in the Australian National Championship and underwater hockey will continue to benefit from Steve’s passion and dedication.

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