SAAVI Student of the Term 1, 2017 - Nathanial

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Nathanial is a Year 10 student from Parklands Christian College who is enrolled in the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

Nathanial loves sport and has a passion for giving back to his sporting community. He has dedicated time to volunteering at the Jimboomba Little Athletics Centre where he undertakes a variety of tasks.

This club is no stranger to Nathanial as he has been a member of the club as an athlete since he was seven. In fact he will receive his ten years of membership badge next year. Nathanial's parents have been very active volunteers of the club for the duration of his membership and been amazing role models of living out their passion for providing sporting opportunities and a sense of belonging in the community for young children.

This term alone Nathanial has already completed 37 hours of volunteering at the club and he has no intention of stopping there now he has reached his annual course requirement. Nathanial spends one afternoon a week volunteering for a few hours after school at the club assisting with the coaching and training sessions and also volunteers on the Friday night at the clubs official event evenings every week.

Nathanial is a positive role model as he invests in the next generation of up-and-coming athletes. Nathanial has gone above and beyond, enrolling himself in coaching courses in his spare time to further develop his coaching and training experience. 

Peta Smith, Jimboomba Little Athletics Centre Manager, said Nathaniel "always arrived early and stayed late and undertook every task quickly, efficiently and with a smile". Peta also highlighted Nathanial's proactive attitude.

Nikki Muller, Vocational Education and Training Facilitator at Parklands Christian College, said “Nathanial is fully engaged and leaves class excited every week with an array of new workplace skills and knowledge. He has made us at Parklands very proud staff members and it's a delight that we have such young successful teenagers out in our communities serving from the bottom of their hearts. Nathanial has also volunteered at all our school functions this term!”

For his efforts he was presented the SAAVI Student for Term Award and an iTunes gift card at a Volunteer Expo held at his college during National Volunteer Week.

Nathaniel was not aware he was receiving this award, so was humble and speechless. But he did then find out why his mother was in the crowd.

Nathanial said the most surprising thing that has happened to him in his volunteering was receiving this award.

He went on to say he thought talking with the little kids at the club would be hard but it was really easy. “You can improve your communication skills through volunteering as you are mixing with many different people and age groups.”

Nathanial also said the thing he likes about volunteering is all the gratitude shown to him for the work he does – from the young athletes, the club members and the parents.

Well done Nathanial! Congratulations on being our SAAVI Student for Term 1, 2017.