Colts club mourns the loss of their loved pres­i­dent

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

PETER Martin was more than Coly­ton Colts Ju­nior Rugby League Club pres­i­dent. He was the game.

Mr Martin (pic­tured), 63, bet­ter known as Shag among the league fra­ter­nity, lost his year-long bat­tle with can­cer last Thurs­day.

The Colts sadly an­nounced the news on Face­book:

“Pete will be missed on game days but I’m sure he will be in the heaven above look­ing down cheer­ing on ev­ery Colts team as he has done for many years,” the club posted.

“The God­fa­ther may be gone but he will never be for­got­ten ...”

Re­serve grade coach Paul Dick said Mr Martin had been his close friend since they met 18 years ago.

“Ever since then, I’ve been to ev­ery birth­day and fam­ily gath­er­ing he’s had,” Mr Dick said.

“He was so well-re­spected and liked.

“He was just a spe­cial per­son.”

Mr Martin had strug­gled af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer mid last year.

“It hit him pretty hard but he took it head-on,” Mr Dick said.

“I just lost my dad a few weeks ago and he was al­ways call­ing me to see how I was go­ing.

“He’s just ‘the man’ – and he’s ir­re­place­able.”

Mr Martin and the Colts had just cel­e­brated the club’s 40th an­niver­sary.

Mr Martin was awarded life mem­ber­ship of the Pen­rith and Dis­tricts Ju­nior Rugby League at the league’s pre­sen­ta­tion on Septem­ber 14.

The long-time pres­i­dent was cred­ited with help­ing to es­tab­lish the club’s A-grade side in 1980.

He also served the club in a thou­sand ways, in­clud­ing as a trainer, ground man­ager, bar­be­cue cook, canteen server, field marker and dress­ing room cleaner.

While at first he strug­gled to re­mem­ber names, Mr Dick said Mr Martin knew ev­ery name of the club’s 300 or so mem­bers. “He will be sorely missed not only in foot­ball but as a friend.”

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