Albany Creek Excelsior club secretary Sarah Dixon has been named Queensland Community Female Administrator of the Year.
Dixon was awarded the honour as part of Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) Female Football Awards.
Dixon became club secretary at the start of 2018, after beginning her involvement with the club as a volunteer team manager for her son’s side.
“I love being part of my club because it’s our own little community, everyone genuinely cares about each other and wants the best for each other,” Dixon said.
“I’ve made so many friends and am so grateful for the connections I’ve been lucky enough to make, not only through my club but by building rapport with other clubs also.”
Dixon was named Volunteer of the Year at the 2019 Football in Queensland Awards Night.
She said there has been plenty of highlights during her time at the club.
“Favourite moments for me are seeing people smiling or having fun playing sport and just meeting wonderful people with awesome stories and backgrounds. To know that we as a committee have helped to facilitate that, is such a strong sense of achievement,” Dixon said.
“I love seeing people being developed into amazing players, brilliant coaches or mentors and being part of something bigger than myself.
“Seeing genuine happiness and the positive aspects of the game. It’s incredible to see what people can achieve when they’re encouraged to be the best they can be.”
In addition to her role as club secretary, Dixon continues to play herself, as well as cheer on her son.
“Football has become such a huge aspect of my life. Whether it’s helping to run the club, to watch my son develop and continue to love the game or for me to run around and forget everything else exists for that period of time that I’m running around on the park,” Dixon said.
“I play with an amazing group of women who have been there for me both on and off the pitch. And to me, that’s what it’s all about.
“A group of people, men, women, children from all walks of life; all coming together over a common love and connection. If you stop to think about that, it’s actually pretty amazing!”