Don Efford was involved with the Gungahlin Jets Seniors for ten years before he passed in 2003. As a team manager, Don was involved in the successful back to back premierships in 1988 and 1989 and was also the proud father of club champion Steve Efford. Don’s grandson Josh was a Jets junior for several years and his daughter Kirrily was also an active volunteer with the juniors. A dedicated and tireless clubman, Don was held in high regard by all who knew him, and it only seemed fitted that the Volunteer of the Year award was named in his honour.
The Gungahlin Jets Australian Football Club recognises the importance of volunteers in encouraging, inspiring and coordinating throughout the football season. The efforts and skills volunteers provide to Australian Rules football are invaluable and worthy of recognition.
The President’s award is presented to an volunteer or volunteers whose efforts have been outstanding and who have shown great commitment to the seniors in the club. This award gives recognition to the work performed by volunteers to advance the club.
In 2019, the award recognises two people for their commitment and contribution to the club in managing the canteen operations during the season Leigh and Andrew Reynolds. THe Jets would like to demonstrate their appreciation for the Reynolds family for their reliability and dedication to ensuring we have a well-stocked and profitable canteen. This year, through the efforts led by Leigh and Andrew, the club raised $18,000 profit retained by the club to support our season’s senior operations. This meant planning ordering and accepting stock, managing the finances and volunteers, setting up and packing up at each home game. Quite simply, without their efforts and these funds, the Jets senior teams could not sustain four teams.