La Trobe's Latif named Victorian Young Volunteer of the Year

Former La Trobe University Tennis Club President Luqman Latif has been named the 2018 Young Volunteer of the Year at the VicSport Victorian Sport awards on Wednesday night.

Latif was recognised for his ability to grow membership numbers and obtain sponsorships for the club during his time as president in 2017.

Since being named as president of the club, membership numbers skyrocketed from 12 in 2016 to over 100 active members in 2018.

Latif, who graduated with a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University in 2017 attained sponsorship for the club from a variety of businesses within La Trobe’s Bundoora campus and outside organisations, such as Tennis Australia and Prelli Tennis.

La Trobe Sport Club Development Officer Nick Lambert said volunteers like Latif are integral to the sustainability of community sport.

“La Trobe University affiliated clubs are run predominantly by students committee’s and Luqman’s efforts are a great example of what young dedicated volunteers can achieve,” said Lambert.

The 22 year old has also been instrumental in organising La Trobe University’s representative tennis sides as the Team Manager at the 2016 Southern University Games and 2017 Australian University Games.

Latif beat three other finalists for the award which recognises the significant contribution of a volunteer under the age of 35.

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