OUR LIFE MEMBERS
The Vikings club honours the founding members and people who have played a significant part in forming the club. The profiles below show our life members and people who will forever be in the hearts of the Vikings family.
Steve Arnold David McCormack
Steven John Arnold was the visionary whose idea of “expanding rugby in the Hastings area” in late 1995 saw the formation of the Hastings Valley Vikings. Steve rightfully deserves the title Mr Viking, not only founding the club but over the years having two very successful terms as President (1996 – 1998, 2001), contributing as a major sponsor, being a playing member of the Golden Oldies team the Wrinkled Horns, Club Coach, taking the First XV team to a grand final in 2003 and finally in recent years as a Club Patron.
Steve was honoured for his dedicated commitment, hard work and exemplary leadership of the Hastings Valley Vikings by being awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2005 at the 10th Year Anniversary Ball.
Steve Arnold currently resides in Sydney but still keeps a close interest in the Vikings and manages to make it to a number of games each year.
Mark Hill Lance Kedward
Mark Hill’s first match for the Vikings was a guest appearance when on holidays in 1999 in which he severely damaged his ankle. He moved to Port Macquarie in 2001 and again linked with the Vikings Club this time with a much more positive outcome. He joined the Club Committee in 2002 and in the following decade served in many positions including stints as Treasurer, Secretary and serving President when the Vikings won their maiden First Grade Premiership. Hilly coached Reserve Grade for two consecutive years and served as First Grade manager for many seasons. In 2010 he clocked up 100 senior games with the Club. He now helps out by pulling out the whistle and refereeing matches. Mark was awarded Life Membership of the Club at the 20th Anniversary Ball in 2015.
Lance “Exploso” Kedward was a cofounder of the Hastings Valley Vikings Rugby Club along with fellow Life Member, Steve Arnold. Kedward was a 1996 foundation player and the inaugural Secretary of the Club. He has been associated with the Club since its inception either as a player, coach or administrator. In 1998 he undertook the setup and running of the Vikings Golden Oldies team the Wrinkled Horns and over 20 years later is currently still involved as a player and organizer of the Horns. Lance became the Vikings 3rd Life Member when he was awarded the honour at the Club’s 20th Anniversary Ball in 2015.