For Day 2 of National Volunteer Week, presented by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, we’re saying thanks to Gunther Prislan.
Gunther joined Bayswater United - now Knox City - as a goalkeeper back in 1968.
In 1974 Gunther became the groundsman, a role which he continues to help with in some aspects today. Across the years, Gunther has also looked after all the maintenance and cleaning, mainly with great mate Lou Van Peperstraten, who sadly died last year.
In the last ten years Gunther has manned Knox City’s gate at all home games and at the All Nations tournament, an event he loves, as it brings together different cultures.
He has won Club Person of the Year too many times to remember, and this year will be his 53rd at the club. He was elected a Life Member in 1994.
Even after all these years, at the end of a long afternoon on the gate, you will find Gunther sitting on a stool at the end of the bar, offering advice to players and coaches on how they performed that day.
Gunther – what an incredible tenure of service you have provided to your beloved club! We're pleased to shortlist you for the Volunteer of the Year Award at the FV Community Awards later this year.
You'll also receive an FV prize pack, and your club will receive an FV training pack, with balls, bibs and cones.
Thank you to Knox City FC for nominating Gunther and allowing us to share his story with our community.