A new look for Coledale Waves Soccer club for the 2018 season with the club transitioning completely to pink jerseys.
The move is a show of support to Breast Cancer awareness and the McGrath Foundation, and to club stalwart Ian Dewey, who is taking a step back from the club after 17 years in official roles.
Ian began his association with the club as a coach in 2000. Since then he’s been a key player in the development of the Coledale Waves, and has been Club President since 2006.
He’s stepped down from the role to make way for new blood, Austinmer’s Vinnie Taylor, but will stay involved, continuing as club referee co-ordinator.
“I still love the club,” he says, “But it needs fresh blood. It needs someone to make different decisions and take it in a new direction.”
Ian says when he first started with the club there were just 90 members. Today, there are more than 400!
“We are perceived as a small club,” he says, “but we are not really. The demographic of the region has changed and we have had to make sure the club could accomodate this growth.”
Ian has been the lifeblood of the Coledale Waves.
He’s worked tirelessly to encourage girls to play soccer. In fact, at one point, the Northern Illawarra club had the most girls registered in the whole Football South Coast Illawarra competition! This season, Coledale Waves had two full squads of girls playing in the U12 comp, and Ian is credited with encouraging many girls, and teams, to continue with the sport late into their teenage years.
Ian also encourages 13/14 year olds to undertake their referee course and to become involved as officials at games. He’s coached many teams over the years and always attends the finals of all the Coledale Waves teams. Ian has also worked closely with Football South Coast, working to improve soccer on the South Coast, even helping clubs switch across to the computerised database system that’s now used right across NSW.
In honour of Ian’s incredible commitment, the club has created the Ian Dewey Perpetual Memorial Trophy, and Ian was the first recipient! He has been presented with the trophy at the Club’s recent annual presentation event at Scarborough Wombarra Bowling Club.
The award will now be presented each year to a club member who makes an outstanding contribution.
“I thought I would just step down and that would be it,” he says. “I wasn’t expecting anything like this- It’s overwhelming!”
In 2010, Ian lost his wife (and mother to his children Tom and Georgia) to breast cancer. So since 2011 the club has been a supporter of the McGrath Foundation and the fight against breast cancer.
“When I lost my wife I asked Football South Coast if my daughter’s team could play in pink, as a show of support. Over the years, and currently, we have sadly had mothers and wives associated with the club battle breast cancer. The pink shirts are about creating awareness. The idea took off and our Sunday teams have been wearing pink for a few seasons, and the Saturday teams play in maroon, but from next year, they’ll all wear pink.
“Our U17 boys were recently interviewed on WIN TV about why they wear pink and they all understood it’s about showing support and creating awareness. So already we have achieved our aim.
From next year, all Coledale Waves junior competition teams (U8 and older) will play in a pink kit. With the little ones wearing white shorts and pink socks.
“I’m stoked to think that little gesture all those years ago has lead to this and made such a huge difference.