Ti Tree’s Amanda Kimpton is volunteer of the year
Ti Tree School teacher Amanda Kimpton (pictured centre) was presented with the Chief Minister’s Volunteer of the Year Award at a 7 November ceremony in Alice Springs.
The honour acknowledges the Centralian educator’s voluntary contributions to regional sports management, and follows her nomination by Barkly Region School Sports Coordinator Pam Dillon.
The awards are described as a celebration of exemplary volunteer work, and recognise the contributions volunteers make to communities in the Northern Territory.
A Ti Tree School teacher for five years, Amanda is the official manager of AFL, softball and netball teams in the Barkly, and the manager of the 12 years and Under netball teams in School Sport NT. She accompanies the sides to regional games, and championships and development camps in Darwin.
“By giving her students the opportunity to travel away and represent the Barkly Region in their chosen sport, she provides our Indigenous students with the self-confidence, pride and self-esteem to be great ambassadors for their school and community,” Pam Dillon said.
“Amanda’s encouragement, support, and dedication to students from remote communities has led to documented improvements in students’ attitudes and attendance, after going away with her on sports’ trips.”
Amanda Kimpton said: “I love being able to give students from the region, and the Territory, an opportunity to participate in sports they may not be able to access in their local area, and watch their confidence grow.
“For most students it’s their first time away from home. I really enjoy giving them a chance to experience new things, such as seeing the ocean for the first time and being in a big city.”