January 26, 2014
The South Burnett Regional Council presents a Sportsperson Of The Year – Coach / Official / Administrator Australia Day Award for outstanding effort in the role of a sports coach, official or administrator.
In 2014, the Award nominees were:
|Gary has been involved in sports across the South Burnett all his life, managing to juggle dairy farming and an extensive involvement in playing, coaching, coordinating and delivering regional carnivals for soccer and boxing. His achievements include:
“Tessy” (as Gary is affectionately known by locals) is equally known for his sideline antics at sports competitions, such as his shouts of encouragement, jumping and throwing his cap in the air when his beloved women’s team scores a goal.
|Shona is co-manager of Yallakool Park at the Bjelke-Petersen Dam, and played a major role in the organisation of the 2013 Austackle BP Dam Inland Family Fishing Classic.
This event attracted the support of the “South Burnett On Show” long weekend initiative and included “Murris Making Music” and “Lunch By The Lake”, a special fish cook-off with indigenous chef Dale Chapman.
Shona oversaw 315 entries in that competition, including the co-ordination of the prizes on offer and the overall weekend experience for visitors. She has actively spent the past two years promoting the sport of fishing.