Football NSW’s State Dinner was held at the Amora Hotel, Jamison Street in the Whiteley Ballroom on Saturday 11 November in what was a fantastic celebration of community football with St George Football Association (SGFA) Executive Director Sok Mallios receiving a FNSW State Award.
Hosted by ABC Sport and Foxsport’s Stephanie Brantz, the evening kicked off with the presentation of the State Award winners. State Award winners are nominated by their Association in recognition of their tireless efforts and service to football in their local community. State Awards formally recognise individuals who have provided consistent and valuable service at any level – Club, Association, Branch or State.
These contributions may include services such as: committee member, coach, manager, match official, canteen manager or grounds person.
Sok’s brother, Peter, accepted the award on his behalf with SGFA represented by all current Directors and the General Manager at the award evening.
FOOTBALL NSW STATE AWARD – SOK MALLIOS
Sok Mallios is the current Executive Director and Chairman of the St George Football Association.
He is currently a patient at St Vincent’s Hospital, bravely fighting Leukaemia. Notwithstanding his illness he has continued to contribute, providing valuable counsel to our General Manager and the SGFA Board, when required.
His relative absence over the last 12 months whilst he has undergone chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, has caused us to reflect on his enormous contribution to his lifelong passion, Football.
Sok has been involved as a player, coach, volunteer and administrator since 1971. A brief summary is provided:
- He played for Ramsgate RSL from U5 1971 until U12 1978
- Along with several other St George boys was selected to play Rep football by State league club Canterbury Marrickville Olympic U13 1979 & U14 1980
- Selected by NSL Club Sydney Olympic to play for U15 1981 & U16 1982.
- To concentrate solely on his high school studies he elected to walk away from Rep footy and in 1983 played for Carss Park FC in the U21 comp. He was the youngest player in the team.
- In 1984, the bulk of this team was seconded to play for St George Police Boys Club at as its Reserve Grade Premier League team. However the PL Squad was relegated at end of season to AAA. Sok played AAA for 10 years with his brothers and many school friends challenging for honours in every season.
- In 1995 Sok was asked to play at Carlton Rovers FC in the Premier League. This became his football Club and family for over 20 years where he played in and coached the O35A & finally the O45A competition.
- Apart from being a player he assumed the Registrar and Assistant Treasurer roles where his strong admin skills came to the fore and reorganised the Club and was a Club Delegate to the SGFA.
- In 2007 & 2008 he was voted in to join the SGFA Executive Committee where he assumed the Treasurers role and made it his mission and a turning point where the SGFA introduced financial disciplines and operating policies that saw it turn significant deficits and contingencies around. The focus was back onto grassroots football and the local community and its players. He provided strong support to the executive, put in place new procedures and saw the fortunes of the SGFA begin to stabilise.
- He continued to coach grass roots teams at Sans Souci FC whilst playing and contributing on the Executive.
- He coached the 045A SGFA Team in the 2011 Champions of Champions series.
- In 2012 he stood for election on the new SGFA Board and was selected by the new Board to become its inaugural Executive Director.
- He has remained its Chairman to date, overseeing remarkable advancements in our District with significant financial contributions garnered from government toward investment in facilities, our rebranding, the commencement of our development program and new senior entity, St George City FA, amongst other achievements.
Sok has been a tremendous, selfless leader, whom we all respect and admire.