Stal­wart recog­nised

Nathalia

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Ger­ald O’Dwyer was recog­nised for his life­time’s com­mit­ment to Ba­rooga Sports Club when he was made a life mem­ber of the club ear­lier this year.

The 87-year-old has been in­volved in the club since its beginnings back in 1977 when com­mu­nity-minded res­i­dents gath­ered to float the idea of a licensed sport­ing club for the town.

In his younger days Mr O’Dwyer was an out­stand­ing sportsperson for the Ba­rooga com­mu­nity, ex­celling par­tic­u­larly in foot­ball and cricket, and serv­ing as pres­i­dent of Ba­rooga Cricket Club.

His cre­den­tials landed him a po­si­tion on the orig­i­nal com­mit­tee back when the idea of a fully-fledged club seemed a long way off and there were sev­eral le­gal hur­dles in the way.

While many of the mem­bers had thoughts of giv­ing up, Mr O’Dwyer forged on and played a piv­otal part in this pe­riod of the club’s for­ma­tion.

‘‘The club has been an ab­so­lutely marvel­lous suc­cess, con­sid­er­ing we were just a small group of mostly farm­ers with not very much money,’’ he said.

He first be­came a di­rec­tor of Ba­rooga Sports Club in 1980, be­fore the club of­fi­cially opened. In 1981 he was elected to the in­au­gu­ral board of di­rec­tors, where he over­saw the of­fi­cial open­ing and served un­til the end of 1983.

In 1981 Mr O’Dwyer be­came a fi­nan­cial hon­orary mem­ber for life.

He was the only sur­viv­ing in­au­gu­ral di­rec­tor not yet awarded life mem­ber­ship of the club.

His nom­i­na­tion has been a long time com­ing, ac­cord­ing to life mem­ber Ray Nye.

‘‘I be­lieve Ger­ald’s ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted con­tri­bu­tion to the for­ma­tion of the sports club and his shared vi­sion of what we have to­day makes him a very wor­thy re­cip­i­ent to re­ceive a life mem­ber­ship award,’’ Mr Nye said. Two guinea pigs were stolen

Mem­ber for life: Ger­ald O’Dwyer has been made a life mem­ber of Ba­rooga Sports Club.

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