As the president of the Te Anau Rugby Club on Saturday Nathan Botting had the privilege of awarding a life membership to Vaughan Grieg, one of Te Anau’s most loyal and hardworking club members.
Vaughan has over 30 years commitment to the green and gold and the Te Anau rugby club. His commitment started back in the late eighties when he first pulled on the green jersey for Te Anau juniors and extends through to today by supporting the Te Anau seniors and his sons rugby each week.
During his playing career Vaughan represented Northern southland sub union in both junior and senior grades, he was captain of the seniors in 1996 and has played over 100 senior games for Te Anau.
Vaughan played senior rugby until 2001. He was a great teacher and mentor for the younger players on and off the field. It is said it was always a highlight when he was on the words to the gambler when singing on the bus.
Vaughan was treasurer for the committee for 8 years when he was still playing rugby. After he hung up his playing boots he wasn’t done with his club commitments. He took on the presidents roll for 2002-2003 seasons and he was also a Northern club representative at the time.
He has been involved in every aspect of running the Te Anau rugby club including bar manager, team manager, junior co coach and refereed junior rugby until recently. He also was involved with the club room extensions in 2010 and was on the committee for the golden jubilee celebrations in 2011. Vaughan and his wife Tracey together cleaned and maintained the club rooms for a 6 year period until 2018.
The Te Anau rugby club committee, Life Members, players, Management, supporters and Rugby Southland congratulate Vaughan for his life membership and thank him for his and Tracey’s commitment to the Te Anau Rugby Club and rugby in Southland and wish you all the best for the future.
Source: Rugby Southland re published by arrangement.