Community Achiever Award recipient

Giving back has its rewards – and sometimes, awards.

Just ask Indee Elphick.

The exciting young hockey talent was recognised for the support he has shown his sport when he was presented with the South West Academy of Sport’s Community Achiever Award.

The accolade is a well-deserved one, with the Bunbury teenager having lent a hand with a number of activities, including coaching and umpiring juniors at various hockey clinics and carnivals.

He also helped with pulling up turf that was being replaced, volunteered as an all-rounder at Bunbury Junior Carnival and put his welding skills to action at the hockey stadium with some maintenance.

A video submission for the Australian Olympic Change-Maker program also demonstrated Elphick’s commitment and positive attitude.

“Growing up you don’t really know how much they’ve given to you until later on in life and they start needing people to help out as much as they always have,” Elphick said.

It wasn’t only the young gun’s efforts behind-the-scenes that saw the spotlight shine on the Bunbury teenager at the recent SWAS awards night.

He also secured the Team Male Athlete of the Year of the award in recognition of his outstanding achievements on the hockey pitch.

Over the past three years, Elphick has played in four national tournaments, been selected for Hockey WA’s under-17 academy and won a long-list of awards.