10 November 2011
PROFILE – OFFICIAL AND CLUB ADMINISTRATOR: Terry Manns
Terry Manns is this year’s Athletics NSW’s administrator of the year. After starting as a club administrator 19 years ago, he has become the key athletics administrator in the Campbelltown area. His many volunteer hours include maintenance work at the track, which is a key facility for track and field in NSW and the Macarthur area. Terry and his club have hosted many NSW events, including state championships. He has also been a coach and is a regular Athletics NSW official.
ANSW: You have been involved with athletics for many years? When did you start? What roles/positions have you held? What major events have you officiated at?
Terry: I started at Ingleburn Little Athletics Club 19 years ago and was Vice President and from there moved to Campbelltown Athletics Club. I started there as a senior delegate, then becoming president six years ago. The biggest events I have worked on are the two Telstra Series held at Campbelltown. I was the volunteer co-ordinator for all the local helpers.
ANSW: What is a usual week of work for the club and hours you contribute?
Terry: Most weeks I am at the track five to six days for various reasons such as checking on training, also any cleaning or repair work of equipment etc. Also like all club officials, countless hour of work at home.
ANSW: How did you get involved in club administration and officiating?
Terry: I got involved in club administration because I wanted to help in whatever way I could. It has only been the past couple of years I have been able to put more effort into officiating. It is something I really love doing.
ANSW: Can you tell us about yourself . . . family? Work? Interests?
Terry: My family has always supported me in what I do. I have three sons who have all done athletics, with two reaching a very high level. I’m a printer by trade. I am a follower of most sports, but as most know I am a mad Wests Tigers supporter.
ANSW: Did you compete in sport or other sports?
Terry: Like most kids I played rugby league and later coached it. I also played basketball when I started work. I even played Oz Tag until a few years ago.
ANSW: You keep coming back, so you must enjoy the ‘job’. What are the enjoyable aspects for you?
Terry: I keep coming back because I love of the sport and I love seeing both Little Athletes and senior athletes succeeding. Our good club community helps me stay involved.
ANSW: What have been some of your highlights?
Terry: One highlight is helping Campbelltown stay a successful club. As an ANSW official I am still earning my stripes but one phone call I received from Geoff Martin asking me to take his place as the starter of the Sydney Ten meant a lot to me. I considered that a highlight.
ANSW: What are your goals?
Terry: My goals are simple, to enjoy what I am doing as a club administrator and as an ANSW official. As long as I enjoy doing it I feel I can give total commitment.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Terry Manns (Courtesy of David Tarbotton)