Lesley?s hard work recognised
By GREG WHITE
IT'S a long way from the summer sunshine of the New South Wales North Coast to the winter snows of the United Kingdom.
But it's going to be a white Christmas for Lesley Miller, Toormina High School's sports co-ordinator from 1990 to 2004, freshly annointed a life member of the North Coast Combined High Schools Sports Association.
Primarily, it was dedication to swimming that earned Miller her honour, a pastime likely to be far from her mind in the icy conditions of Europe.
In announcing the award, North Coast Schools spokesperson Christine Molyneux said Miller's high standards had developed Toormina High into one of the most successful sporting schools in the region.
"Lesley provided a great role model," Molyneux said.
"She was always willing to support and advise teachers taking on positions for the first time and to help and encourage both staff and students."
While Miller coached many school teams in hockey, netball, volleyball and cricket, it was swimming where she made he mark.
As zone swimming convener and team manager for more than 20 years, Miller guided teams to North Sydney, Warringah and Homebush for NSWCHS championships.
"During the 1980's and 1990's, North Coast teams travelled by train or bus and many swimmers were billeted," Molyneux said, hinting there could be many war stories to be told.
"Things are much different today."
Possibly, what goes on 'on tour', should always stay on tour.
"Lesley was never just a passenger at a sporting event," Molyneux revealed.
"She was always willing to take on responsibilities and epitomises the many volunteers who drive school sport at the grass roots level and who continue to provide opportunities for the students in our schools."