John’s kick­ing goals

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Af­ter help­ing Nagam­bie kids learn to play foot­ball for the past seven years, John McKe­own has been awarded the 2017 Goul­burn Mur­ray Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion’s Aus­kick Cen­tre of the Year award.

McKe­own said he was hum­bled to re­ceive the award, which was pre­sented to him at the 30th An­nual Goul­burn Mur­ray Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion din­ner, held at Co­bram Ba­rooga Golf Club on Oc­to­ber 1.

‘‘Be­ing ac­knowl­edged for the con­tri­bu­tion I’ve made to the young kids in Nagam­bie is a great honour,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s very easy to come out on a Satur­day morn­ing when you’ve got 25-30 kids sit­ting their look­ing at you with a big smile on their face, so en­thu­si­as­tic and they cant wait to get in­volved and get a footy in their hands.’’

McKe­own said it was also a great honour to meet the guest speaker for the night, foot­ball leg­end Peter ‘‘Crack­ers’’ Keenan, who was also the guest at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s first din­ner in 1987.

“It was amaz­ing to meet ‘Crack­ers’ in per­son, he’s such a ruck­man, a gi­ant . . . I felt like a small kid stand­ing next to him,’’ McKe­own said.

Big time: John McKe­own gets to meet Peter ‘‘Crack­ers’’ Keenan.

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