Ipswich club founder still has vigoro fever
FOR more than 30 years, Caroline Draheim has been driving her husband Lenny crazy with her passion for vigoro.
Draheim is the original founder and only life member of the Ipswich Occasionals Vigoro Club.
She said watching her husband playing cricket in the early 1980s had inspired her love of vigoro.
"I used to go to the cricket with Lenny when he was playing for the Occasionals cricket team," Draheim said.
"A few of us wives were talking about vigoro and we decided we had enough wives and friends to make a team."
Soon after, the Occasionals Vigoro Club entered the Ipswich vigoro scene and has since grown in leaps and bounds.
"My idea was just to have a senior team but after our third year we had a junior team as well," she said.
"You don't even think that far ahead, we just did it year by year and it just went by so quickly."
At 67, Draheim has returned to help coach the junior teams after a four-year break battling breast cancer.
"I got my clearance to come back last March but it has been a bit difficult to go back to what I was doing," she said.
"Everyone stepped up when I couldn't and I really appreciate that.''
As a former Ipswich Vigoro Association president, treasurer and delegate for the Occasionals Vigoro Club, Draheim said the role she found most rewarding was as coach of her club's junior teams.
"It has been lovely, to see these little kids play and to see their enthusiasm," she said.
"It's not just how to play a sport, there's a lot of life skills as well.
"I absolutely love these kids and to help train and be involved is just really special."
After so many years with the Occasionals, Draheim has seen a second generation come through the ranks.
"I've got a lot of players now who are still playing in seniors and now have children playing in the juniors as well," she said.
"It's like a family."
Even 74-year-old husband Lenny has caught the vigoro fever.
"Lenny coached our seniors for a while," Caroline said.
"Over the years I've driven him nuts, always talking about vigoro, but he's always supported me.''
Looking back on a lifetime association with the sport and the Occasionals, Draheim said she had few regrets.
"It has certainly been challenging at times but I can't say I've been sad at any stage," she said.
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