2008 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year
Lorraine Clark is a woman with a long history of contributing to her community through volunteer work. Her involvement with children’s services, surf life saving, youth programs and disability support services has been hugely significant. Lorraine has played an instrument role as a sports coach for the Special Olympics program for the past 19 years.
Special Olympics provide year round sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability in a variety of Olympics type sports.
As a swimming and basketball coach Lorraine developed a skills based program that eventuated in athletes achieving a level of competency that made access to training and competition in these sports a realistic goal. The success of her coaching can be measured by the large number of athletes who now compete at Regional, State and National Competitions.
From Lorraine we have learnt a deeper understanding of life and the true meaning of human happiness. She has taught us all about charity, compassion and tolerance. It is because of her that our athletes have learnt to believe in their own ability and this has given them the courage to keep going forward, opening their lives to much love and respect and given them self fulfillment.
Lorraine Clark is the greatest treasure for Sydney North region.