HUSBAND AND WIFE – GOLD MEDAL CONTRIBUTION

The key to success in any sports club or in fact any organisation is the calibre of people contributing to it and the efforts they put in.

Emma and Shane Jamieson are a significant reason why the Lechenault Cricket Club in Bunbury, Western Australia is so successful.I caught up with Emma and Shane during a recent visit to Western Australia and everyone I spoke to at the club sung their praises.

 

LESCHENAULT LEGENDS - Shane and Emma after last weekends cricket action

The Lechenault club is the largest in the Bunbury District, Bunbury a beautiful port town lying about 150kms south of Perth.

They have teams starting with the Junior Blasters up to senior men’s and women’s teams and pretty much everything in between.

FOUR-Emma in action for Leschenault during an inter club cricket match

Emma co-ordinates the Woolworths Cricket Blast where kids come in for their first taste of cricket and learn the basic skills. Shane also helps out. Emma is on the executive committee of the Bunbury and Districts Association and also plays in the Lechenault senior women’s team.

Her tireless work for the community was recognised earlier this year when she was awarded the Australind Citizen of the Year, Australind being a suburb of Bunbury.

Shane manages teams up to Western Australian age grade reps, he coaches the senior women’s team and is on the Wellington District Association board as treasurer and of course plays cricket too.

Watching the couple after umpiring the senior women’s match last week, I could see for myself the work they put in, much of it probably not fully appreciated unless they stopped doing it.

FAMILY TIES-Shane playing club hockey with his sons Lachlan, 22, Heath , 17 and 14 year old Rowan

Emma was pro-active throughout the day making sure all her team-mates were given an opportunity to shine in consultation with her team captain. Shane, like Emma was there until the end of the aftermatch get together, making sure the video camera and all other gear was safely stored away afterwards and that the green shed where the aftermatch takes place, was clean and tidy as they found it.

The couple have also had a significant involvement in hockey both as players and administrators,  Shane representing Australia at masters level and playing A grade club hockey in Perth, Emma also a senior club player and Western Australian representative. On one occasion Emma won a gold medal playing for Western Australia and at the3 same tournament Shane also won gold coaching the4 50s side.

DOUBLE GOLD Shane as 50s coach and Emma playing for Western Australia 40s hockey team show off their gold medals at a national interstate tournament

Career wise they are both high achievers. Emma is a doctor, specialising in diabetes research, particularly the treatment of mother and child before the baby is born.

Shane is a school teacher specialising in maths, having previously worked as an accountant and they have three children, Rowan, 14, 17 year-old Heath and 23 year-old Lachlan, all involved in sport.

Listen to my interview with Emma and Shane, two wonderful people making such a positive difference in their community.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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