For Alison Monk, hockey has been a lifelong love.
Initially inspired by a teacher in high school to take up the sport, once on the hockey court Mrs Monk never looked back.
In a twist of fate, Mrs Monk would also become a physical education teacher- undoubtedly inspiring her students to get on the hockey field as well.
"I see sport as a vehicle for people to develop. Not just their sporting ability but their character and to help them through life," Mrs Monk said.
Mrs Monk served as treasurer of Hockey Australia Masters from 2006-2015 and is also a life member of Hockey Tasmania, where she served as president from 2001-2008.
Despite all of her services to hockey both at a state and national level, Mrs Monk's local team the Diamondbacks Hockey Club continues to hold a special place in her heart.
"I have friends that I've made through hockey that will be friends for life," Mrs Monk said.
According to Mrs Monk, hockey is a lifelong commitment for many players.
"It's one of those things we pride ourselves on as a sport," Mrs Monk said.
"Most people get involved and it's a lifelong commitment, you can start playing at age five and we have people still playing in their 70s at Masters level."
A testament to her level of commitment, Mrs Monk is thrilled to be recognised for her service alongside her beloved sport.
"Look, I'm a bit taken aback at receiving the award. I'm hugely honoured and appreciative of the recognition," Mrs Monk said.
"For myself but more so for the sport, that hockey is getting this level of recognition is wonderful."