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“Mala” first began his Freezone assocation way back in 2005 and has represented the club with great voracity and volume across ALL levels of play in the social and competitive volleyball gneres. Mark has long been a valued member of the club and has been a social tour de force for members both new and old. Hailing from Port Macquarie, Mark has reignited his volleyball passion from when he was a teenager in rural NSW and now boasts a healthy collection of teams, representations and distinguished interstate and international experience.
Mark has always been the leader of the dancing pack on and off the court. Always encouraging others to participate in the healthy camaraderie of volleyball and the wider implications of the club.
Mark has represented Freezone at numerous events and tournaments throughout Australia, including the World Regional Outgames in New Zealand in 2012. He has played on a number of teams and been at the forefront of helping to co-ordinate players and teams in tournaments both locally and interstate. In 2013 Mala was awarded the MOST IMPROVED award as well as the BEST DRESSED prize in 2010.
His Committee obligations have seen him serve as Social Co-Ordinator, Venue Co-ordinator and Secretary since he joined the club and he has always been avidly involved in welcoming new players to the club and getting people involved in their initial experiences with our social training. Mark has contributed greatly to the committee and the success of Freezone over the last 12 years.
Hard to miss – Mark is often the first person you will see (or hear) on the court and is an avid advocate for what Freezone provides to it’s members.
Mark was elected President in September 2018.
Stuart has been playing volleyball for 11 years now since moving to Australia from his native United Kingdom. Beginning at Baulkham Hills Volleyball Club, Stuart found form quickly in the Representative Men’s Team for 5 consecutive seasons, captaining the team at State and National level. Stuart went on to become a passionate Referee, sitting his state level indoor as well as participating in the National Level outdoor course.
Stuart came to Freezone in 2014 as part of the Freezone team competing at the 3rd Asia Pacific OUTGames in Darwin, Northern Territory where he was part of the Gold Medal winning team. Since then, Stuart has been an avid member of the club, participating in local, state and interstate competitions under the Freezone banner.
In 2014, Stuart was awarded the SUPPORTERS AWARD in 2014 for his continued support of the club and it’s affiliates in community events, promotional endeavours and in sourcing Sponsorship and support at Freezone events. His natural leadership qualities see him instilling a supportive and instructive presence in the club and at trainings and events all over the state. He has achieved regular recognition at interstate tournaments, national tournaments and is currently seeking admission to the board of SVNSW.
Stuarts business prowess is impressive with a CV as a Managing Director of 6 companies spanning across the Construction, Maintenance, Training and HR sectors, including being on the Board of Directors of the Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 Stuart took on a new career path in Interior Design.
Stuart served as Secretary on the Freezone Board appointed in April 2015 and after a short hiatus in September 2018 took on the newly formed position of Vice President. Stuart is also Secretary of SVNSW and represents the State as a Lead Coach for the under 15’s State Girls team.
Andrew first came to Freezone officially in 2013 when he moved to Sydney from Adelaide, South Australia. Andrew has had a long association with Adelaide Spikers club since 2003 and was involved in the running of the club as President and committee member there for many years, hosting the annual Parri Estate FEAST Festival Tournament and collating scoring sheets and draws for the club.
Since arriving in Sydney “Big Willy” has become a great presence in the club, and particularly as part of the ‘Pandas’ Team, travelling to Melbourne and earning medal placings in tournaments there in 2013 with the Pandas. Andrew has also represented the club in 2018 with Freezone Blue Squad team at the NSW State Cup Series (Bronze medal), at the Miami Outgames in 2017 and recently as part of a united Melbourne/Sydney team at the Gay Games X in Paris. He has also played in teams at World Outgames 2006 (Montreal) & 2009 (Copenhagen).
Andrew came to the Freezone Committee in October 2014 as Teams Co-ordinator and since then has been an incredible asset in helping to place individuals into teams, and getting more people on the court in tournaments. Andrew took over the collation of information for the Freezone Tournaments and getting teams registered and confirmed for the tournament operations. He has also been very active managing the social media of the club and helping to create links and advertise events.
In 2016 Andrew was awarded the PRESIDENT’S AWARD for his work as Venue Co-ordinator and for creating an online platform for the operation of our tournaments.
In September 2018 Andrew took on the Treasurer position.