Geelong captain Joel Selwood is the winner of the 2022 Jim Stynes Group Management Award.
Selwood has been acknowledged for his dedication and dedication to group engagement. From the start of his profession, 16 years in the past, Selwood prioritized exhibiting up for his group and has not stopped since. Since his first day taking part in AFL he has visited colleges, golf equipment, Auskick clinics, group camps, nation days, and group appearances.
This previous yr the Cat’s Captain reached his 350-game milestone and broke league information for many video games and wins as a captain, but he has additionally reached an vital and spectacular milestone off subject – passing 1000 hours with Cat’s Group commitments, and that is simply the recorded hours.
Regardless of the numerous challenges Covid posed this yr, each professionally and personally, Selwood’s priorities remained occupied with these round him. Selwood contributed over 20 hours of official group commitments delivering the membership’s GHMBA Well being Heroes program and embraced his function as a lead ambassador. Selwood has helped empower main school-aged kids within the area to guide wholesome, energetic existence, with an extra concentrate on psychological well being and wellbeing.
As well as Selwood is a champion for inclusion and performed a key function in launching the AFL Barwon area Entry All-Talents Auskick Clinics final November. He has been a NAB Auskick Ambassador for many of his profession. He’s a key determine in annual group camps and can be an envoy for the Cotton On Basis.
Selwood routinely goes above and past what is anticipated of him, exemplified in his willingness to satisfy any Cats Want that comes his method. Selwood would typically deliver his personal artistic concepts on how you can make the expertise distinctive and particular for somebody going by means of a troublesome time.
Whether or not it is a personalised message, time spent chatting with a fan, or inviting them into the inside sanctum on match day and making them really feel welcome, Selwood all the time brings 100% to his interactions.
As Captain, Selwood has quite a few on subject tasks, however additionally they lengthen to what occurs outdoors of the oval. He has acted as a catalyst for his teammates, each youthful and older, to become involved in the neighborhood and embrace the roll that they’ll have on these round them. All the time beneficiant along with his time, Selwood is heat and welcoming and attracts in gamers, followers, and group members wherever he goes.
Geelong CEO Steve Hocking succinctly summarized why Selwood is deserving of the distinguished Jim Stynes Group Management Award.
“Joel is an excellent ambassador for our Membership and the sport and we’re proud to see him acknowledged for the impression he has made to the Geelong and wider group over the course of his profession.
“Watching Joel have interaction with younger individuals particularly, reminds us day-after-day of the inclusivity of soccer and the affect gamers can have past the sphere.”
Proudly supported by Telstra, the AFL and the Jim Stynes Basis, the winner will obtain $40,000 to be donated to the charity or group program of their selection.
The Jim Stynes Group Management Award has grow to be the head of recognition of philanthropic achievements inside the AFL group, named in honor of the late former Melbourne Soccer Membership President and participant Jim Stynes.