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Ross Sutherland treasurer humbled by volunteer of the year award


By Will Clark

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Ross Sutherland treasurer Stephan Walker says he is a man who keeps his head down and gets on with things after receiving a rugby volunteering award.

Stephan Walker in red jacket
Stephan Walker in red jacket

He was named by Scottish Rugby as the volunteer of the season in adult rugby for the Caledonia region at the 2020 Development Awards.

Walker (54) took the top regional award for his services to the Invergordon club for over the past decade.

The Nairn man believes he doesn’t do anything special anyone else does at the Caledonia Two North club. But he says it was a great honour to receive the award.

“I was humbled to receive the award,” he said.

“I don’t think I do anything special, I just get on and do things.

“I just want to keep my head down and do a good job.

“But it is touching people think I do a good job.

“I want to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully that will repay people’s faith in me.”

The award recognises volunteers in the Caledonia region stretching from Stonehaven to Shetland.

Walker got involved in the club when his son Kieran started playing for the club.

He says the Stags has become a major part of his life.

“I got involved 11 years ago when my son started playing there,” he said.

“As we stay in Nairn, I found myself spending a lot of my Saturday mornings in Invergordon.

“I was then asked if I could help out with the under-18 team and it started from there.

“I have been there ever since and have acted as treasurer for the last six years.

“Ross Sutherland is a family, any rugby club you go to will tell you that. It becomes your family.”

Walker was also named Ross Sutherland’s volunteer of the year last season. Linsey McPherson was also nominated in the volunteer in youth rugby category at the Development awards.


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