Tonight we recognise our President, and Australian Crickets' Volunteer of the Year, Dr Charles Rose.
You won’t find a more dedicated volunteer in the Australian cricketing community than Dr Charles (Chas) Rose. And we are not just talking our President up - Thursday night saw Chas bump shoulders with the greatest fast bowler in the history of Test cricket while he received the top gong at the national awards night held in Melbourne.
With Charles leading the way, the University of Tasmania Cricket Club pioneered the following initiatives:
- Hosting the “Don’t Give Up, Give Back” Cup in partnership with the Intercultural Sports League – a cricket tournament for people seeking asylum, refugees and international students from countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal.
- Regularly opening up the club to culturally diverse and migrant communities in the Hurricanes Champions League.
- Increased participation in all women’s teams within the club.
But let’s not stop there. When it comes to cricket, Chas has a CV that could turn this article into a novel.
Chas joined the Lions in 2011, and in 2012 took on the coaching role for the Women’s team for two seasons with the assistance of Katelyn Fryett, and then stepped up to be the Director of Female Cricket in 2015.
2013 saw Chas join the board as Club Secretary and take on the role of TUU Sports Council Delegate 2013-2018, with duties including the management of Uni Societies Day stalls, open days and monthly meetings. Social events flourished under the watchful eye of our favourite doctor, and the end of season dinner has gone from a stand up doo at “The Venue”, to a sophisticated sit-down soirée with the Australian Test Captain Tim Paine as guest speaker.
With his introduction as a TUCC volunteer complete and Medical degree in hand, it was off to the RHH as an intern. In 2016 Chas was captain of the second grade side, 2017 saw him become President after a 10-year stint from P Mac, and in 2018 (because the guy didn’t have enough to do) he was second grade captain again!
Rumour has it he was captaining his side to an outright win while wielding a stethoscope at the hospital. Is this guy Dr Rose or is he Doctor Who?
Chas has secured over $250k in funding for the club, through grants, sponsorship and fundraising. He oversaw the rebranding of the club to align with University of Tasmania, led the initiative to enter teams in the Intercultural Sports League and UniSport National T20 Games, and supported the Intercollege Cricket Finals over the years to further enhance the student experience.
Whether he is sending an important memo to the board at midnight, pulling the covers off at the crack of dawn or serving beers to the members as the sun goes down, Chas has great vision and dedication as one of our most valuable volunteers and President. Thank you Chas.