01 Apr 2018

Southern Cross April issue

The Southern Cross April 2018

Lessons of life from outside the sporting arena

Like most boys his age, David Wark played football and tennis during his younger days at Christian Brothers College, but didn’t really pursue them beyond school. Little did he realise at the time that sport would have such a lasting impact on his life.

So much so that earlier this year he was awarded an OAM in recognition of his many years as a volunteer sports administrator and his service to the community –including at CBC, with the Knights of the Southern Cross and Vinnies.

Reflecting on the life lessons that came from his involvement with sport, David, 75, said his long association with the Sturt Football Club was a standout.

“I always loved the Blues,” he told The Southern Cross from his apartment in the club’s heartland. “My father grew up over the road from Unley Oval in Frederick Street and I always had an interest in Sturt, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that one day I would be involved with the club.”

He initially joined the management committee at the urging of friend (now deacon) Daryl Hicks who told him “they need people like you” to help run the club. Before he knew it, David was spending many hours there and in 1975 began a 10-year stint as chairman, also joining the SANFL’s management committee as a director. He was awarded life membership of both Sturt and the SANFL.

At the time footy greats such as Hicks, Paul Bagshaw, Rick Davies, Michael Graham and legendary coach Jack Oatey were on the scene and Sturt was enjoying plenty of success.

However, it was the lessons David learned off the field that made a lasting impact, with most coming from Oatey. Click to read more.

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