Na­tional nod for league mum

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way

CEN­TRAL Bur­nett Brumbies sec­re­tary San­dra Kenny has been named as a na­tional fi­nal­ist for the Women in League (Vol­un­teer) Achieve­ment Award.

Gayn­dah Ju­nior Rugby League trea­surer Clarissa Poin­ton said the com­mit­tee was sur­prised and happy to hear Ms Kenny was a na­tional fi­nal­ist for her valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the sport.

“We’re thrilled. We thought she’d cer­tainly get a look-in state-wide,” Ms Poin­ton said.

“If it wasn’t for vol­un­teers like her, coun­try footy wouldn’t hap­pen.”

Un­der-14s coach Paul Bust, who pro­posed the nom­i­na­tion, said Ms Kenny was “very de­serv­ing”.

Clarissa Poin­ton If it wasn’t for vol­un­teers like her, coun­try footy wouldn’t hap­pen.

“We high­lighted what she does and how long she’s been in­volved and the hours put in,” he said.

Ms Kenny’s in­volve­ment be­gan when her el­dest son, Ben, be­gan to play for the Brumbies about 11 years ago.

Here Brumbies pres­i­dent Robert Lins­ket took up the tale.

Ms Kenny’s roles on and off-field in­cluded first aid of­fi­cer and Level 1 trainer, sec­re­tary and reg­is­tra­tions man­ager.

“She’s like another mother to these kids and she’s very pas­sion­ate about foot­ball,” Mr Lins­ket said.

As the Brumbies games against Mur­gon ebbed and flowed on Satur­day, trib­utes and good wishes flowed across the field from play­ers, par­ents, coaches, lines­men and ref­er­ees.

Shane Ost­wald said although a whole team of peo­ple con­trib­uted it was “good that they pick one person out”.

“She’s a great in­di­vid­ual and has cre­ated a mag­nif­i­cent club,” he said.

Dur­ing a game ref­er­eed by son Ben, Ms Kenny de­liv­ered ice and first aid to the in­jured and a half-time re­minder of on-field sports­man­ship.

Ben, 17, whose pas­sion for the game trig­gered his mother’s in­volve­ment, said she de­served the award.

“Mum was not the big­gest fan of us play­ing at first, but she got ad­dicted,” he said.

“Lovely” was how a mod­est Ms Kenny de­scribed the nom­i­na­tion.

“I do love rugby league, I have a pas­sion for the game,” she said.


DE­SERV­ING NOM­I­NA­TION: NRL One Com­mu­nity fi­nal­ist San­dra Kenny keeps busy on and off the field for the Cen­tral Bur­nett Brumbies.

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