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Valarie Uilou
In a league of her own: Valarie Uilou won the Parramatta District Volunteer of the Year Award on Saturday.   Photo: Wesley Lonergan


CABRAMATTA West resident Valarie Uilou has an unusual job description.

``I do everything and anything,'' she said.

``Whatever has to be done I do. I have plenty of hats and take them on and off when it is appropriate.''

Ms Uilou is secretary of Canley Vale Kookas Junior Rugby League. The job involves involves arranging player registrations, canteen stocks, trial games, uniforms, training timetables and presentation days.

There are countless hours of work, responsibility, tireless effort and commitment.

Apt then she has been awarded the Parramatta District Volunteer of the Year Award.

``I never knew an award like that existed, but I am very honoured to win it,'' Ms Uilou said.

``I was speechless and on the verge of crying when they read my name out on Saturday.''

The award was part of the annual Women in League round, in which the NRL celebrates the role women play in the game.

Every Saturday in winter, Adams Park in Canley Vale becomes Ms Uilou's second home.

Canley Vale Kookas life member Emma Strohmayer said the club ``would not exist without her''.

``She is the most amazing person you will ever meet,'' Ms Strohmayer said. ``Everyone needs a Valarie in their club.

``There are not enough adjectives to describe how good she is.''

With thanks to

Wednesday 30th June 2010

Award for Canley Vale club's 'heart'
Valarie Uilou
Valarie Uilou, pictured with her children Roma and Paea,
won the Women in Rugby League award.     Picture: NICK ANDREAN

by Melissa Matheson

VALARIE Uilou is the heartbeat of the Canley Vale Junior Rugby League Club.

Mrs Uilou won the Women in League award for the Parramatta district for her work as the club’s secretary.

“A lady turned up to the game with a big camera and that was the first time I heard I was nominated,” Mrs Uilou said. “I didn’t expect to win. All that was going through my head was, ‘don’t cry’.

“Some of the ladies nominated have been in the game for 10, 15 years, so I’m just a baby compared to them.”

Mrs Uilou joined the club four years ago when her two children and husband started playing.

“I do everything and anything from making sure that our canteen is stocked to making sure players are registered and they have uniforms,” she said.

“Anything that needs to be done in the club, I oversee or do it.”

Mrs Uilou hopes her award will encourage more women to get involved in rugby league.

“Because it’s such a male dominated game, I think it’s important for women to be involved,” she said.

“To have somebody in an administration role is very important because there’s nothing like a woman’s touch.

“I just love being able to see the little kids run out and take the field.

“These kids could be the future NRL stars.”

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Wednesday 7th July 2010
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