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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IT’S with a heavy heart that I bid the Whit­sun­days farewell.

The past 20 months here have been an ex­pe­ri­ence that I will re­flect on fondly for the rest of my life.

It’s not only been mem­o­rable for the par­adise-like life­style but also for the tremen­dous peo­ple I’ve en­coun­tered and the pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity that I can proudly say I was part of.

There were a lot of great sport­ing mo­ments that occurred dur­ing my stint here but cov­er­ing the Brah­mans’ A and re­serve grade premier­ship wins will be some­thing I re­mem­ber for years to come.

The Proser­pine com­mu­nity are so pas­sion­ate about their rugby league and for the Brah­mans to trump the city (Mackay) and win both grades will be a mo­ment for­ever etched in club history.

Know­ing how much the sport means to the com­mu­nity made it an event that was really ful­fill­ing to cover. The Whit­sun­days will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in my heart but now for me it’s off to Mel­bourne to start a new chap­ter.

I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the nu­mer­ous con­trib­u­tors that have helped ease my bur­den. It’s the pas­sion for your re­spec­tive sports and groups that shape and make this re­gion so spe­cial.

In no par­tic­u­lar or­der I’d like to ac­knowl­edge: Steve Jackson, Jenny Kirk­man, Heather Brown, Paul Os­borne, Ti­ina Rand­mae, Peter Chen­gody, Justin But­ler, David Thomas, Barry Mor­timer, Flan­nelled Fool, Dale Men­gel, Alison Langevad and Scott Hardy. I look for­ward to fol­low­ing the hap­pen­ings of the re­gion through both the Whit­sun­day Times and the Whit­sun­day Coast Guardian.

I would also like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish all our read­ers a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year Kea­gan Ryan

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