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Jimmy Giles, Waitohi Club legend

It’s important to acknowledge the volunteers behind all our clubs and schools.  Each club has a superstar or two behind the scenes, and they do a power of work to get their teams out on the field.  They wear many hats and are often coaching a junior team, refereeing, managing a senior team or organising the BBQ.  

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Jimmy Giles from the Waitohi Club is one of those legends.  

At the beginning of the year, Jimmy worked tirelessly to ensure they could field a Division 1 side.  He sourced the players, put his hand up to coach the team, and pulls on the jersey to play each week, often in the loose forwards or centres instead of his usual halfback spot.  

He’s also the Club President, Club Captain, Council of Delegates representative and pretty much just “Club Everything” and all round great clubman.  

Waitohi is in good hands with Jimmy and, with the support of other fantastic volunteers, the club is looking good for this year and beyond.

Many other clubs also are in the hands of good people giving up their time selflessly to keep rugby alive, asking for very little in return.

If you know who these people are in your own club, take the time to thank them and perhaps even help them out.  They are like gold and your club needs them and more people like them.

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Tony Lewis