Craig Boston awarded life membership

On Monday 22 May 2017 at the 2017 SDTA AGM, Craig Boston was awarded life membership.

To be eligible for life membership, a person must:

(a) have held continuous membership with the Association for at least 7 years (unless

extenuating circumstances exist); and

(b) demonstrate exceptional service and contribution to the Association.

Craig Boston’s nomination and contribution to SDTA

Craig has been an avid supporter and member of Southern Districts Touch Association from a very young age. He has been loyal to the club for over 23 years and has played a significant role in the Clubs on field success during this time. He continues to provide leadership and mentoring to the clubs developing players while still playing at the highest level.

To offer support to the club, Craig began refereeing senior match night games at the young age of 13. He continued that support by representing Southern Districts in the capacity as a referee at a number of Super League competitions and State Titles, as well as playing in the Men’s Open team.

When Southern Districts developed its inaugural junior competition, Craig helped with referee duties and coaching of the teams. He also supported the school sports tournaments by refereeing. He helped promote Southern Districts at these events by handing out advertising flyers and encouraging players to become a member of Southern Districts to learn more about the game and develop their skills and game knowledge.

When TFWA (then known as TouchWest) called for volunteers to represent their club on a player/referee advisory panel, Craig offered his input to give Southern Districts a voice.

During his Touch Football career, Craig has been nominated and/or awarded with numerous awards. The most significant of these have been listed below for your reference.

As a result of Craig’s commitment to and with Southern Districts, he has been able to achieve his dream goal of representing Australia at the Touch Football World Cup in 2015. Craig proudly acknowledges and shares his success with Southern Districts.

During recent years Craig’s career has prevented him from making regular commitments to refereeing on match nights or assisting with junior competitions, however he has always endeavoured to help players if and when possible. This occurs mainly during Super League and State Championships. I don’t think you would get a more loyal member than what you see from Craig. His commitment to the club has not wavered over the years and has endured the many “highs and lows”.

In summary Craig has played over 600 representative games, including University of WA, Southern Districts, Western Australian, Barbarians, Alliance, Queensland and AUSTRALIAN teams. He has attended 35 tours, not including 3 tours conducted here in Western Australia. His record at all levels of Touch is expansive and is unlikely to be challenged by any individual in the future.

He is extremely proud to be able to achieve all of this as a member of the great club of the Southern Districts Touch Association.

TOUCH FOOTBALL CAREER

  • Began his playing career as a 12 year old, playing in a family mixed team at George Burnett Park, the home of Southern Districts Touch Association. He received “Player of the finals” in his very first season.
  • Has been a member of Southern Districts for 23 years continuous
  • Has played in every summer and winter seasons since commencement of playing career
  • He has represented Southern since 1996 (starting at the age of 14yrs) at City Cup, Super League and State Championships events, playing a total of 297 games (25 games U18’s Gold Medal team of 1996 and 1997, 272 games for the Southern Men’s Open team)
  • Captain of the Men’s Open regularly over a period of 21 years.

STATE REPRESENTATION

  • School Sports State U16 Boys – 1996 – Players Player award
  • WA U18 Boys. A total of 22 games played, with the honour of being named Captain for 7 games.
  • University Games. 2000 – 2004 (Perth, Newcastle, Adelaide) A total of 57 games played.
  • Crubar Cup 2000 Melbourne – Played a total of 6 games for Wodan
  • NSW State Cup 2001 Cronulla Sharks Men’s Open (Port Macquarie).
  • Queensland State Cup 2014 Member of CQ Bulls Mens 30s
  • WA Men’s Open State Team A total of 36 games (21 as captain)
  • Barbarians National Touch League – 1999 (aged 17) to 2009. A total of 75 games (captain for 50 games).
  • Alliance Elite 8 National Touch League – 2011, 2013, 2014. Total of 20 games
  • Australian Representation 2015 – Men’s 30 – Gold Medalists – Total 8 games
  • State of Origin Played for Queensland in 2014 State of Origin Series – Total 3 games,
  • National Touch League 2017 – Men’s 30 division with Sunshine Coast Pineapples. – Total 8 games

ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER ROLES

  • Referee (Level 3)
  • Coach (Level 2)
  • Selector (Level 1)

AWARDS RECEIVED

1998      Selected in Sport Safe Super Series “Super Six”

1999      State Representative Sports Award – Touch

2000      Shadow player Australian 18 & Under Mixed representative – Youth World Cup

2001      Australian Sports Medal – Awarded by Federal Government (Federation recognition)

2002      Selected in Sports Safe Super League “Super Six”

2002      Finalist – WA Youth of the Year – Youth Active Achievement Award (Touch)

2002      Awarded UWA Graduates Association Sports Bursary

2002      Selected in Green and Gold Australian University Mixed Touch team

2002      Finalist inaugural Keith Harris Walker trophy for Most Valuable Player in Super League (“Super Six”)

2003      Southern Men’s MVP – Southern Stars vs. Australian 18’s trial match

2003      Awarded UWA Sport and Recreation Centre General Sports Scholarship – Touch

2003      Founder and Vice President of UWA Touch Association (UWA Sports Club)

2004      Nominee for 2003 TouchWest Coach of the Year

2004      Awarded UWA Half Blues for contribution to sport and UWA

2005      Nominee for 2004 TouchWest Coach of the Year

2006      Selected in Be Active Super League “Super Six” – finished fourth in Keith Harris Walker Medal count

2007      Selected in Be Active Super League “Super Six”

2009      Winner of Super League Keith Harris Walker medal (MVP), Super Six

2012      Nominated finalist for TouchWest 2012 Coach of the Year

2012      Awarded TouchWest 2012 Male Athlete of the Year

2012      Industry Sports Coaches Awards – Certificate of Commendation (Touch Football) – Department of Sport & Recreation

2015      Selected as WA squad member for TFA All Stars vs Indigenous All Stars exhibition match in conjunction with NRL (withdrew due to State Titles)