Pop­u­lar win­ner

Benalla Ensign - - News -

The an­nounce­ment of Colin McKen­zie as win­ner of the Heinz- En­sign ‘‘Sports­man of the Year’’ 1967, at the CH Chiswell Pav­il­ion at the Be­nalla Show­grounds last Satur­day night was greeted with cheers and thun­der­ous ap­plause.

This pop­u­lar sports­man, who has made his mark in cricket, ten­nis and golf, has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for good sports­man­ship that many envy and try to em­u­late.

The man­age­ment of the Be­nalla En­sign and Heinz Co. of Dan­de­nong, hosted the sev­enth an­nual func­tion, which was at­tended by up­wards of 320 guests from Be­nalla and district.

They were wel­comed by Mr Jack O’Shea, of the En­sign.

Among the of­fi­cial guests were Mr Eric Smith from Heinz Co, Cr Ian Ban­field rep­re­sent­ing the Mayor, and Mr Eric Collins, Man­ager of 3SR.

Mr O’Shea said the year had been an his­tor­i­cal one in the news­pa­per world with the pur­chase of the Be­nalla Stan­dard by the En­sign.

They could look to big­ger de­vel­op­ments of the En­sign, as larger premises had been se­cured, and with faster presses other changes would be made.

He thanked those who had sup­ported the En­sign over the years, and had thus re­tained their own news­pa­per in the city.

The ‘‘Sports­man of the Year’’ award was the only one in which sports­men of all ages could par­tic­i­pate for the ti­tle, said Mr Eric Smith of Heinz Co.

‘‘It takes in age groups of 18 to 87 and sports from ski­ing to soc­cer and dis­tances from Shep­par­ton to Mans­field,’’ he said.

‘‘We are proud of run­ning a pro­mo­tion like this, and the O’Shea fam­ily runs it with such en­thu­si­asm ev­ery year.’’

Proud: Colin McKen­zie was a proud win­ner of the Be­nalla En­sign- Heinz Sports­man of the Year award 1967. His win was the cul­mi­na­tion of a won­der­ful sport­ing ca­reer in golf, cricket and ten­nis.

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