2021 Noona Thompson was celebrated as a nominee for the City of Charles Sturt’s Senior Citizen of the Year award. Noona was nominated for the incredible contribution she has made to growing grassroots hockey in South Australia – and at Woodville Hockey Club – as a volunteer over the last 50 years.
Noona is a passionate and generous driver of opportunities that enable people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to participate in hockey. Many people have found their way into hockey, and our club, thanks to the warm welcome and encouraging guidance Noona has provided over the last 5 decades. Her greatest impact has been through her coaching of junior players, which started at Woodville Primary School in 1978 and continues at the club to this day.
Noona has continually pushed for inclusive opportunities for people to share in her love for hockey. She dedicated 11 years to volunteering at the YMCA where she supported children living with disabilities to participate in sport, and recently introduced Walking Hockey to South Australia which has resulted in a whole new group of people discovering the joys of our sport.
The last 50 years haven’t all been spent coaching and cheering from the sidelines, Noona was a talented player until bad knees and doctors orders ‘encouraged’ her to hang up her playing stick.
While Noona may not have been declared the ultimate Senior Citizen today, she is a treasured and inspiring citizen for all at the Woodville Hockey Club. Her legacy is greater than a grandstand that bears her name – it is estimated that Noona has introduced close to 1000 people to the challenge and joy of hockey over the last 50 years.
Thank you Noona for sharing your love of hockey with so many, for your endless guidance and encouragement of juniors and new players, and for your fierce passion as a spectator and a coach that motivates our senior teams. Woodville Hockey Club just wouldn’t be the same without you!