At our recent AGM, we farewelled our President Ian Kalms, who announced that he would be standing down from his position.

Manly Touch would like to thank Ian for his valuable contribution over the last 7 years. Ian was our Treasurer from 2015-2018 and then President from 2018 to 2022, whilst also acting-Treasurer for much of his Presidency. Holding down these two very important positions has seen Ian dedicate many, many hours to the club – whether that be facilitating our local competitions for juniors and seniors, securing new sponsors and associated revenues, or introducing new processes and procedures to improve our delivery of services to our members to name a few areas.

During Ian’s tenure we have seen enormous growth in our junior competition numbers, from a mere 187 teams in 2015 to a whopping 380 teams in 2022, whilst also introducing an U7s competition to cater to our youngest of touch footy players. Our senior competition has also grown despite a declining trend in participation across the sport and we have managed to secure the NSWTA Affiliate of the Year for the entire duration of Ian’s tenure on the Executive Committee. Ian was also instrumental in overcoming the hurdles of Covid restrictions and wet weather that we have experienced over the last 2 years to deliver our touch football competitions for the local community in an extremely successful manner.

We would not have been able to achieve the success this club has experienced in recent years without his valuable contribution – Ian will be truly missed by everyone on the Executive.

Thank you Ian.