Michael Pearce and Paula Marks were presented with the honour of becoming life members of the Ceduna Sports Club in the 2018 season.
Both have contributed three decades of service in varying capacities at club and association level, and both played a pivotal role in helping to turn the club around during difficult times.
There is no doubt that both were committed to their roles and have provided extraordinary service and dedication to the ideals of the club.
The pair have showed leadership and gave unselfishly to the club to accomplish some of the club’s strategic plan.
Mr Pearce and Mrs Marks said they felt very privileged to have joined the elite life membership group and thanked the members for the honour bestowed upon them in being awarded life membership.
Mrs Marks said with the many hours that went into her volunteer role it was satisfying to see when things were achieved.
“It takes all members to be rowing in the same direction to achieve results and I thank those who have supported me in my role,” she said.
While you will not see her name on the honour board, she has worked tirelessly behind the scenes and dedicated her time to help improve the club for members and the community.
Mrs Marks has had great family support and she said that her parents instilled great values in her, and that growing up in a small country town “it was natural for everybody to pitch in and help out”.
She also acknowledged her husband Kym, who is a fellow life member, and two boys Nathan and Lachlan for their continued support over the years.
Mr Pearce has enjoyed the camaraderie with fellow members, and opportunities in his roles.
“You make a lot of friendships for life through sport across the Eyre Peninsula and this was very rewarding,” he said.
Mr Pearce was honoured to work with some of the true club legends and great members, and he encouraged the younger generation to become involved to enjoy those same life experiences.
He also said the club and its supporters were another family, who supported you and gave to you far more than you could ever do in return.
Both Mrs Marks and Mr Pearce said they did not volunteer at the club for the individual award.
However, they said it was an honour to receive life membership and that all members should be proud of their achievements, because it took all people involved to contribute to the club’s success.
As life members, both Mrs Marks and Mr Pearce said they would continue proudly supporting and working hard for the success of the club, and for the enjoyment of its members.