Silver worth his weight in gold
THE star factory that is Alstonville Water Polo Club has initiated its third life member.
Tom Silver, 31, of Alstonville, joins club founder Eion Johnston and stalwart Ian Ford as the ‘holy trinity’ of Alstonville water polo.
Silver has been recognised for his service to the club in and out of the pool – as a coach, official and player.
Johnston, the man who brought water polo to the Far North Coast, said Silver was everything an organisation could want in a member – hence the life membership.
“Tom has been an outstanding member of our club,” Johnston said.
“He is the one to turn to for all the little things – he is a great mentor for the youngsters and he is very popular within the club.
“At the same time he remains completely modest.”
Silver, an avocado farmer, also accepted the position of club president at the annual general meeting last week.
The AGM doubled as the club presentation, where teenagers Ronan Cowie and Bryce Woollett received the gongs for most outstanding player and club person of the year, respectively.
Both lads had remarkable seasons capped by representing Queensland and Australia in their age divisions.
Izzy Malcolm was also recognised for her role in the Australian Under-17 girls team that travelled to Europe.