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Chrissy’s Geebung number one

Thursday, 25th September, 2014

Geebungs vice-president Chrissy Stokes is the Outback Rugby League’s Volunteer of the Year. Geebungs vice-president Chrissy Stokes is the Outback Rugby League’s Volunteer of the Year.

By Ethan James

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many sporting organisations but you be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated club person than Geebungs' Chrissy Stokes.

Whether it's preparing jerseys, organising fundraisers or simply making sure there's a team on the field, Chrissy is there.

And to acknowledge her commitment she was presented with Volunteer of the Year Award at the Outback Rugby League grand final this month.

"I just started off as a supporter and it just kind of went from there and I started getting into it," she said.

Vice-president of the Geebungs, Chrissy took up the presidency of the Silver City Young Guns junior club at the beginning of the year.

"I'd say it now takes up about 98 per cent of my time," she joked.

"It's not just things on game day but getting the boys to training, organising jerseys.

"Then there's writing letters for fundraising and door knocking to raise money.

"But it's not just me, we have a lot of helpers and Sandra (Clark, Geebungs president) does a lot of work."

Geebungs stormed home toward the end of the season, turning a fourth place finish into a grand final berth with two victories in elimination matches.

However, they fell one result short of their maiden premiership, going down to Wilcannia Boomerangs in the decider.

"A lot of people thought we wouldn't get very far," Chrissy said.

"And that's not putting the boys down, but we had a very young squad that is still learning the game.

"It was a shame for the grand final to end up like it did but it has been a great year."

In typical style, Chrissy was decked out in a blue and white 'onesie' at the grand final.

"Maybe they just saw me and felt a bit sorry for me," she laughed.

Next on the agenda is planning the club's presentation evening for late November and then it's on to pre-season preparations for 2015.

"I'd like a break but that doesn't really happen."

"The reason I put in the effort is that I feel the players put back in a great effort themselves.

"The club is like a family and it's all very much worth it.

"I love my rugby league and love the team."

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