Get to know Adam Lewis

We’re proud that many of the Canada Bay team members have had a long tenure with the Club. They are not only actively involved in the local community but have had morphed their skills to multi-task across numerous roles within the Club. Venture into many Inner West junior sporting communities and you’re bound to come across someone who knows our Adam Lewis. He’s a legend at our Club, a valued member of our Management Team and has proudly worked for Canada Bay Club for over two decades.

Read our Q and A and get to know more about Adam, along with the local sporting clubs that he’s actively involved in.

What do you like most about working at Canada Bay Club?

I enjoy the diversity of my role and being heavily involved in offering a great hospitality option for our members and their guests. Beyond our customers I enjoy working with the Board of Directors and seeing our fabulous staff gain experience and grow in the organisation.

What does your role involve?

We are a not-for-profit organisation; the senior management team wear many hats to stay lean and ensure our member’s money is spent wisely. The customer always comes first and with well over +300,000 patrons annually there are many varied interactions with people daily.

Whilst it’s the interactions with customers that stands out most, I also thoroughly enjoy the technical side and heavily involved in the Club’s extensive I.T. infrastructure and ever continuing building improvement works. There’s always something new to do and projects to kick off.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I am an early riser, most days I am up well before 5am to do some exercise and perhaps take my kids to swim training. I am often at work by 6am to begin the day. The Club never sleeps. We trade 365 days of the year and there are staff onsite 24/7. The moment I arrive I like to fire up the brilliant coffee machine in our lounge area for nice hot cappuccino while I read our Duty Manager reports from the previous night’s trade. I then get stuck into the day.

What is your background before you came to Canada Bay Club?

I’ve been with the Club over 20 years now. Prior to that I had various part time roles while at school in my younger years. I have been very blessed with opportunities. The day after finishing my last HSC exam at St Patrick’s College Strathfield I began with an apprenticeship at LJ Hooker at Drummoyne, this was a great role and I thoroughly enjoyed learning the real estate industry.

I later took the opportunity to join a good friend of mine working in his import company in Rozelle. I learnt a lot about business and honed my I.T. skills during my time there.

What do you like most about your community liaison role within the Club?

I grew up locally in Abbotsford and now live in Drummoyne. I love the Canada Bay community. I have fond memories of playing many sports locally and actively involved in sport representing my school. I recall in my younger years many dedicated parents (including my own) involved in their children’s community sport, cheering them on and encouraging from the sidelines.

I feel it is healthy for kids to be outdoors and playing sport and so it’s a real honour to support so many local junior sporting clubs through my role at Canada Bay Club. It’s not just the physical benefits of the sport, but also building mental/social strengths, learning teamwork and communication, controlling emotions, and developing leadership skills. Plus, there’s some great mates that can be met and friendships formed. Particularly as my kids get older, I find it’s great to have other role models to turn to and inspire, other than just mum and dad. There are many committed parents, coaches and team managers involved in their varied roles who set the tone for fostering commitment and developing a culture around teamwork and fairness. I love these values and seeing the benefits the kids gain from their wisdom the most.

There’s an abundance of great facilities for us to enjoy here in the Inner West. As I move around Canada Bay on weekends there is not a single playing field, gymnasium, court or swimming pool that is not being utilised – in fact, many are at capacity with such high demand for their use.

Tell us about the impact that Canada Bay Club’s sponsorship or community work has on some of the organisations that you work with?

Canada Bay Club is actively involved in the local community via our Club Grants program. This allows us to provide community funding for a wide variety of local community organisations, schools and junior sporting clubs. Funding can range from assisting in getting a community program started which supports senior residents in our local community. Some projects which Canada Bay Club funded include:

  • Concord Junior Soccer Club were able to provide new jerseys and playing equipment for all their junior grades.
  • Some sporting clubs use the funding for multiple projects. For one club this has included upgraded playing equipment that was over five years old. Also, provided jersey sponsorship on all the players’ jerseys. In addition, they implemented a mentoring program to develop young people who are looking to develop coaching and development skills to coach junior players.
  • Drummoyne Swimming Club used funds to purchase new equipment to upgrade their facilities. The funds were used to purchase professional starting blocks and covers, time keeping equipment and end of year trophies.

What else are you involved in personally in the local community?

My kids seem to be involved in many sports, nippers, waterpolo, dancing, touch footy, swimming, AFL, basketball, just to name a few. Great organisations with some fabulous local talent and community spirit. There are two local clubs though that I’m particularly involved in though, being the Drummoyne Swimming Club and Drummoyne Power AFL.

Drummoyne Swim Club

It is a great community down there on a Saturday morning over summer. It’s a great way to kick start the weekend with a 7.30am race in a supportive family environment. My daughter first raced when she was 3 years old, and I often see many of the grandparents ‘don the Speedos’ and put some of us to shame with very impressive times. It is only a matter of time before my kids are leaving me in their wake and I may have to retire the googles and simply help with the timing.

Actually, I used to attend the Club as a teenager. In fact, I meet my lovely wife Kristy there several decades ago… but that’s a story for another day

Drummoyne Power and Canada Bay Canons AFL

My kids also love AFL so we’ve been involved in an awesome AFL community at Drummoyne Power over winter, and my kids have been involved since the under 5s. I am now involved with both my children’s age groups as an Age Coordinator. But the truth is the real stars are the parents involved at Board Level and most importantly coaching. Both my children are so lucky to have amazing, dedicated coaches. Oh, and I must mention the parents doing their bit on the on the BBQ and serving in the canteen on weekends! An important post game treat.

My daughter Skye plays in mixed team entering U9’s this year and she also plays in an U10 Youth Girls at the Canada Bay Cannons. My son Jaxon will also play U13’s this year for the Canada Bay Cannons.

AFL is gaining momentum in the Inner West as a local sport, thanks to so many passionate coaches and supporters. At Drummoyne and Canada Bay Cannons there are some legendary ex AFL players involved supporting their kids and nurturing their development. You’ll often find these parents flipping eggs on the BBQ, coaching kids or umpiring… the likes of Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald (Nova), Tom Harley (Sydney Swans CEO ) or Steve Johnson. To the kids many of these legends are just ‘coach’ and so many are drawn to their warm personalities, oblivious to their many sporting achievements beyond Drummoyne Oval.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

Spare time, what is that? When I am not heavily involved in my children’s community sport, I do enjoy a date night with my lovely wife Kristy. Over the summer months I head for a surf with the family or head out on the boat fishing. I always ensure I sneak away bi-annually with my mates surfing reefs in the likes of Fiji or the Maldives etc.

CANADA BAY CLUB

Canada Bay Club in Sydney's Inner West has been a meeting place for the local community for more than 50 years. Since opening in 1966, the culturally diverse club has grown froma small social sports centre to a club with state-of-the-art function rooms, two restaurants, live entertainment, kids' arcade, and health and fitness classes for its 20,000+ members.

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