LOCAL SPORTING ACHIEVERS ACKNOWLEDGED
Volunteers from a range of sports from White Rock south to Babinda were presented at Fuller Sports Club in Edmonton. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the community and most sport and recreation clubs would not be able to survive without them.
Mr Pitt said, ”There’s an army of volunteers who generously give of their time and their work can often go unrecognised. They are the coaches, board members, time keepers, officials and first aid officers. Others work behind the scenes to run canteens, coordinate working bees and raise funds for the clubs they love. These people are an inspiration to all of us and highlight the great work being achieved behind the scenes.”
Councillor Paul Gregory said recognition of our volunteers is richly deserved for the amount of time and effort put in by the worthy recipients. He added, “Without their efforts, families would not be able to enjoy the recreational pursuits provided by the clubs these volunteers serve.”
Division 3 Councillor Rob Pyne congratulated his nominated recipients for their contribution to sport in the southern corridor. He paid particular tribute to John and Lyn Bomben (soccer), saying, “People of this calibre come along once in a generation, and we are very lucky to have them.”
Queensland has the highest rate of volunteers in the country. Thirty eight per cent of our population participate in volunteer work. Mr. Pitt thanked all recipients, including Allan Oliver (rugby league) and Gavern Lovett (Mulgrave Cricket Association) for their contributions. Also recognised was Gordonvale Icon Dave Chalk for his contribution to Aussie Rules.
Mr Pitt also made special mention of the contribution of Albert Weare of Edmonton for his contribution to local sport over many years.
There were other recipients from a range of sports who were acknowledged. Just some of these were Deb Stone and Lance Dixon (South Cairns Cutters), Tony Stocker (Leichhardt Lions), Peter Swain (Hockey) and Jaynee Bennetts (Stingrays Swimming Club).