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Elks’ Caroline Smith committed to promotion

Elks' Caroline Smith

Elks' Caroline Smith

With the new year just around the corner it’s normally the time to hand out the accolades and reflect on the 12 months that have just passed.

I will resist the temptation to name a club of the year, player of the year etc lest I be accused of bias.

So I will restrict myself to just one accolade - the unsung heroine of the year who is certainly had a busy 2013.

The notional award goes to Ulster Elks player Caroline Smith who is more than a mere player with the Jordanstown outfit.

She is the one-woman band who is in charge of a new website entitled Passback Hockey and it is literally a thankless task.

No one is more aware of the difficulty of obtaining information from clubs than I am - there are very few who are proactive.

But Caroline, who doesn’t receive a penny for her efforts, still plugs away and manages to come up with the goods as the site is a mine of information on the local game.

And she manages to cover the broad spectrum of hockey in the province from the men’s and women’s senior game through inter-pros and schools competition.

Yet some people have had the audacity to criticise Caroline on social media despite her unstinting efforts to promote the sport.

 

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