Wor­thy award re­cip­i­ent

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CHILDERS cel­e­brated Aus­tralia Day in grand style with the Aus­tralia Day Com­mit­tee’s hard­work­ing team of or­gan­is­ers pleased with the day’s events.

The Childers branch of the QCWA proudly sup­ported the Childers Aus­tralia Day Awards with branch pres­i­dent Rosie Shut­tle­wood pre­sent­ing award win­ners with their cer­tifi­cates..

Com­mu­nity mem­bers had the op­por­tu­nity to nom­i­nate a per­son they thought had made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

Or­gan­is­ers were sur­prised with the num­ber of en­trants and it was dif­fi­cult to choose a win­ner as there were many fan­tas­tic en­tries.

OVER­ALL CI­TI­ZEN OF THE YEAR

The over­all quiet achiever of the year was John Russo.

For 40 years Mr Russo has trained, taught, judged and men­tored young peo­ple – and the not so young – in the com­mu­nity.

He is the main in­struc­tor and pres­i­dent of TSKF Childers and also the pres­i­dent of TSKF Aus­tralia.

Du­ties he willingly un­der­takes to fur­ther TSKF in­clude fundrais­ing within the Childers club and ad­min­is­trat­ing the travel itin­er­ary of the chief in­struc­tor Pro­fes­sor Shun­suke Taka­hashi, 9th Dan, who comes out from Ja­pan ev­ery year, twice yearly, for eight weeks, vis­it­ing ev­ery 35 clubs in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mr Russo also man­ages the or­gan­i­sa­tion of na­tional cham­pi­onships ev­ery year. He is a mem­ber of the TSKF Aus­tralia tech­ni­cal board, which sets and ad­min­is­ters the in­struc­tor and judg­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion ex­ams. He also man­ages the Aus­tralian Karate Team and a lot of prepa­ra­tion has al­ready been done for a team to head to South Africa to the World Cup this year.

Mr Russo also at­tends the TSKF Masters Camp in the USA an­nu­ally on be­half of TSKF Aus­tralia.

Phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing, con­fi­dence build­ing, vi­sion cre­ation and en­deav­our are just a few of the spin-offs that Mr Russo teaches.

More than 500 in­di­vid­u­als have spent time with him on the train­ing floor, but he men­tors in his quiet way, en­cour­ag­ing youth to run for school cap­tain, oth­ers to go into pub­lic speak­ing and many more to per­sist to reach a goal.

Mr Russo is very much a Childers and Isis re­gion ad­vo­cate as ev­i­denced by him be­ing a for­mer lo­cal coun­cil­lor.

He is past pres­i­dent of the Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Mr Russo demon­strates the karate val­ues of ‘be­ing faith­ful’ and ‘re­spect­ing oth­ers’ as part of his ev­ery­day ex­is­tence.

He is a proud cane farmer and a de­voted fam­ily man who loves life in the Isis. Mr Russo is proudly sup­ported by his wife, Deb­bie, who sup­ports him in his en­deav­ours and to­gether they make a for­mi­da­ble team.

PHO­TOS: JODIE DIXON BIT260116JOHN

OVER­ALL CI­TI­ZEN OF THE YEAR: Rosie Shut­tle­wood presents John Russo with an award for his out­stand­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity of Childers.

En­joy­ing the Aus­tralia Day at­mos­phere are An­neleise Dil­ger, 11, Molly Richards, 7, and Lou Eb­o­rall, 11.

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