Bradley Pearce may not have been able to play the sport he loves, but the 26-year-old from Victor Harbor certainly can put in the hard yards off the field.
Bradley was born with cerebral palsy, which has stopped him from playing the sport he loves, hockey.
However, to make up for his inactivity on the field, Bradley has just been appointed the new vice president of the South Coast Hockey Association.
“I was brought up with hockey and all my life I can remember my parents playing and being in administration.
“They have always been involved in hockey and I am very proud of my family’s involvement and I want to follow a similar path,” Bradley said.
“My aim has always been to take a role, but did not think it would be so quick and to this higher role.
“The same people have been doing off field jobs for as long as I can remember and there is a need for younger people to step up and volunteer, so I have.”
This move for Bradley is a continuation of the many roles he has filled in hockey, which have included managing the umpiring roster, coaching and website management.
So it is not just the players who promote the sport of hockey, it is people like Bradley that do so much work off the field to make sure there are games played each Saturday in Winter.
“Regulars have done a fantastic job managing the game and I plan to continue their good work,” he said.
“Hockey has helped my life, as when I was 18, I was diagnosed with depression and most of my support network was around and in the hockey clubs.
“I feel I owe the sport.
“Times were so tough, it was my passion for hockey that allowed me to see the light at the end of the very dark tunnel I was in.”
I feel I owe the sport. Times were so tough, it was my passion for hockey that allowed me to see the light at the end of the very dark tunnel I was inBradley
Bradley has always held an executive position and although he cannot play, he just wants to be involved.
“I love it,” he said.
He has been part of three premierships as an assistant coach and received an enormous amount of encouragement from the hockey family.
This encouragement has paid dividends for the hockey fraternity, as Bradley moves into the senior management role and will help shape the game on the south coast into the future.
Bradley is a role model for other young people to follow.