The Don Malcolm President’s Award was initiated in 2020 and is presented annually by the club president in recognition of someone who has made a substantial contribution to the life and well-being of our club.
Congratulations to Ethan Rocke who is the 2021 recipient of the Don Malcolm President’s Award. The award was announced at our Virtual Presentation Night by Club President Greg Baum, who said that Ethan is one of those “who is the lifeblood of our club. There is no job that is too small for Ethan, and no job that’s too big. Everything that needs to be done – he is there to do willingly, enthusiastically and tirelessly. Ethan has an upbeat presence, with a heart of gold and is a work horse like few others.”
Ethan played 36 games for the men’s thirds from 2016-2018 and then took over as the thirds Team Manager in 2019. In 2021 he was the men’s reserves team manager and assisted with both the reserves and seniors, and in season 2022 he will take on the role as team manager for the men’s seniors.
He is the club’s go-to person for most of the operational activities for the men’s teams:
• He managed the pre-season training co-ordination (communications, equipment availability)
• Men’s property steward
• Managed canteen deliveries
• Assisted with set up at Ferndale at all home games, and taking most equipment to away games
• Set up rooms on Thursday’s, mostly locking up after Thursday and Saturdays
• Managed communications in WhatsApp groups for all 3 teams
• Helped with collection of men’s subs
• Helped set up Gold Saints lunches
• Didn’t miss a training session all year
Ethan joined the Club Committee in 2021.
Penny Heath was the 1st recipient of this award, and she was presented with her award by club president Greg Baum at the 1st Gold Saints Lunch in season 2021. Don’s wife, Joan Malcolm was at the Gold Saints Lunch for the announcement along with members of the Malcolm family – David and Sue Malcolm, Sue and Richard Salter, Paul Malcolm and Jeff Malcolm.
Club President Greg Baum said that “It is a humbling privilege to be able to present an award in Don Malcolm’s name and we thank particularly David Malcolm and Paul Malcolm for galvanising the family to make sure that Don’s name would be perpetuated in this way.”