CHAMPION OF RUGBY LEAGUE
St Marys president Warren Smith recognised for lifetime dedication to junior footy at home and abroad
LONGTIME St Marys Rugby League Club president Warren Smith has been awarded NSW Rugby League’s highest accolade for service to the sport.
Smith, who has been involved in the game for almost 50 years, was presented with the John Quinn Award at last week’s NSW Rugby League Volunteer of the Year awards.
He was described by the NSWRL as “one of rugby league’s true gentlemen”.
“Warren’s desire is not only for juniors to enjoy the great game of rugby league, but to learn about life, respect and appreciate what they have and experience other cultures,” it said in a statement.
Smith, 77, said he was deeply humbled by the honour, but emphasised his contribution to the sport was not for recognition.
It was simply, he said, to see the smile on the faces of the children who were able to play the game.
“I love doing it for the juniors,” Smith said. “It’s fantastic.”
Smith has been the president of St Marys for 27 years and is behind such club programs as the under-13s’ annual trip to Fiji.
“This is our 17th trip this year and we have 1.2 tonnes of stuff to take over to the villages and schools,” he said.
The other project close to his heart is St Marys’ relationship with Condobolin and Gundagai, whereby the Sydney club provides jerseys to the local teams. It also sponsors 25 local schools by providing playing jerseys.