Hockey dedication

Graham Buchs’ hockey team was runner-up in the division one Harbour Hockey competition in its first season. Photo, Karli Kingi.

Warkworth Hockey Club founder and men’s captain Graham Buchs received an Outstanding Contribution to Hockey Award from Harbour Hockey last month.

The award recognises people who have been a positive role model and have donated significant time towards building the sport. Buchs was chosen from a group of six finalists.

Harbour Hockey development manager Kimberley Jordan said Buchs was ultimately picked because of the time and energy he puts in with limited resources.

“Without Graham picking up the leading role, Warkworth Hockey Club would not have entered the Harbour competition. He was prepared to take a risk and worked hard with a tight turnaround to provide this opportunity,” she said.

She said Warkworth was the first new club to join Harbour Hockey in the last 10 years.

“He leads a group that is passionate about the sport and providing meaningful experiences for their community.”

She said the award came with $2500 in travel vouchers.

The Warkworth club formed earlier this year.

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