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Tatana made life member

Sid Tatana. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

RUGBY

JAKE BELESKI
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Volunteers are often at the heart and soul of any sporting community, and Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union volunteer Sid Tatana’s dedication to the sport in Wairarapa was acknowledged at the union’s AGM meeting on Monday.

The 76-year-old has dedicated the past four decades of his life to coaching rugby in Wairarapa and in the last few months he has been recognised on a national stage.

In December, Tatana was the recipient of the Charles Monro Volunteer of the Year award at the New Zealand Rugby Awards.

His generosity is even more remarkable when you learn he makes round trips of about three hours to get to his team trainings.

Tatana said he was “pumped” to be recognised alongside some of the icons of the Wairarapa union.

“I’ve been around for that long it might have just been my time,” he said.

“I’m hoping to keep going as long as I’m capable – I’ve made some great friends over the years and it’s a great way to meet new people.”

Also at Monday’s meeting, Richard Dahlberg stepped down from his position as president after three years in the role, and will be replaced by Bryan Weatherstone.

Doug Bracewell will step into the vice-president role.

Chief executive officer Tony Hargood said the meeting had been a positive one for the union, and well attended.

“The union reported a modest surplus for the year, and we’ve seen continued growth in the game.

“Our future focus will be on our club and representative development over the next two or three years.”

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