We are delighted to share that Head Trainer Nicholas “Nick” Swingler has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of his outstanding services to community sport, particularly his unwavering dedication to Sturt Football Club. Nick’s involvement with our club spans an impressive 43 years, during which he has consistently demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to excellence.
Nick’s contributions extend beyond the boundaries of our club; he is a well-known figure within the SANFL and has set the standard for medical teams in football clubs. His philosophy, “It’s not what the club can do for me, it is what I can do for the Club,” has been the guiding principle behind his tireless efforts.
Nick is often the first person to arrive at the Club and the last to leave. He has also played a pivotal role in the health and well-being of thousands of players much to the relief and appreciation of their families. His impact is not limited to match days and training sessions. Nick goes above and beyond by coordinating medical appointments, processing medical claims, and creating opportunities for medical students through his professional medical program.
Moreover, Nick’s dedication to the financial health of the Club is evident in his efforts to secure sponsorship arrangements that provide significant revenue. To reduce medical department spending, he even takes it upon himself to recycle cans and bottles, helping offset medical supply costs.
We invite you to join us in congratulating Nick on this well-deserved honour. His passion, selflessness, and enduring commitment have left an indelible mark on the Sturt Football Club, and we are fortunate to have him as a cornerstone of our community.