Steve Sila


Steve "Tivi" Sila has been the ultimate ‘go to’ man when there's a need for volunteers within Wellington Softball. For the past few seasons, Tivi has put a tremendous amount of work in developing the women and Junior Girls programmes in Wellington, with this year being no exception. He has been instrumental in creating an avenue for young women to play softball at high level, and also recognises the need for skill and softball IQ development. He creates opportunities that get teenagers and women excited about playing, and keeps them enthralled with the game. His volunteer work does not stop within his local community, instead outreaching to regional, national and international programmes, stepping into any positions necessary for the betterment of the sport. This season alone, he has committed his time to being involved as a Premier women’s coach for Mirimar Softball Club, where he took the team to both Club Nationals, and to Indonesia for international exposure.

Following a restructure of the Mirimar board, Tivi took on the responsibility of club president, where he has continued to rebuild the club and offered new life. He coached two women’s teams at neighbouring club, Poneke Kilbirnie (PK) due to staffing shortages. He put his hand up as a guest coach for the Developing Sox Girls at the Easter Classic, as well as having coached four touring Queensland teams whilst also putting together opposition for them. At representative level, he was the head coach for the Under 17 Girls, and assistant coach for the Under 19 Girls – volunteering his time and knowledge to the next generation, after there were little interest in the positions. Tivi also coached the Wellington East Girls College team at the College Sport Secondary Schools, whilst also through his job at Scott’s College. In addition to his commitment to softball, he is a truly stand-up guy with pure intentions to support his community.

Steve ‘Tivi’ Sila is the epitome of a selfless volunteer, and has helped clubs and associations in countless situations. Tivi is a very deserving winner of the SNZ Volunteer of the Year award for 2024.