SportsPower Local Legend: Dane Tulley
Our local legend from Narrogin
Dane was nominated by Ashleigh to be a SportsPower local legend. Here’s what Ashleigh had to say…
Dane is the president of our club along with our reserves coach. He is the backbone of our club without him and his family our club would not run on a Sunday. They are there on a Saturday setting up, marking the oval, cleaning the change rooms, buttering the bread for the canteen, you name it, he does it. He drives to league meetings once a month, works closely with our secretary to ensure the administration is done and negotiates with sponsors to see our club is financial. He definitely deserves the local legend status.
After that nomination, we wanted to have a further Q&A with Dane to really understand this legend.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I have always loved footy; I started playing nippers when I was 5 or 6 and have been playing ever since then. I used to watch the WAFL on ABC every Saturday afternoon & the Winners on Sunday nights.
Do you have a favourite brand, product, or range that you like to buy from SportsPower?
What is the best piece of advice you were given that made you better?
Best bit of advice is You get out what you put in, I have always loved training it’s a great time to have a laugh and a bit of fun while also working hard and keeping fit with your mate’s. I have always tried to keep fit by running and swimming through the offseason, I hope the young fellas at the club take it on board and look to keep improving each year by doing the extra work you need to.
How do you stay motivated?
I have three boys who all love playing footy, that’s probably the main reason I want them to have a footy club to play at as they grow older, I also love the camaraderie that comes with training and playing footy.
What’s your favourite quote/s?
Being a massive Kangaroos fan, my favourite Dennis Pagan quote is “Don’t piss down my back and tell it raining” although you probably cant publish that one, I also really liked Neale Daniher’s quote I heard recently “When its all said and done, it’s not what you said its what you have done”.
Who is your sporting legend?
I loved watching the Roos play in the 90’s my favourite being Dean Laidley and Glenn Archer for their toughness and competitive nature to never give in and more recently Boomer Harvey who was just a freak with his ability to play at such a high level for so long.
What more can you tell us about your story…
I’m not sure what Ashleigh said about me in the application but I have been involved and playing senior footy since 1992, I have been on the committee at the footy club for the last 10 years and President for the past 4 years as well as playing. I retired from playing league last year and have been playing reserves this year, talked a few mates into playing again this year and it has been great fun. Running a club is a pretty demanding job and with dwindling numbers helping out a lot is left to, to few, so it is great to get some recognition, but this could go to any number of people at the footy club who donate a huge amount of time to keep the club running.