Force be­hind our sport­ing grounds

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY -

HE’S a mod­est man who has left ex­tra­or­di­nary foot­prints on the com­mu­nity and on Satur­day night, Peter Chen­gody cel­e­brated his 50th birth­day at KC’s Bar and Grill.

While there were tales of Peter’s ca­reer in rugby union and cute baby pho­tos, it was clear the younger com­mu­nity needed to know more about his role in the cre­ation of Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

Back in the day, the sports ground was a dump where Peter learned to drive.

He said a meet­ing in 1989 at the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre got the ball rolling on turn­ing it into a sport­ing park.

By 1991 Peter was chair of the Whit­sun­day Sportspark and by 1993 the fields were cre­ated thanks to a grant. Lights, an AFL ground, change rooms and ad­di­tional lights came in the next five years and there are many who say Peter was a driv­ing force be­hind it all.

BIG ROLE: Peter Chen­gody helped bring the Whit­sun­day Sportspark to life. Photo Martin Pearse

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