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.