Great re­ward

Peter Meek­ings has been awarded life mem­ber­ship of Bal­larat Field & Game branch for years of un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment over 30 years as a mem­ber and vol­un­teer.

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Peter was pre­sented with the award by cur­rent life mem­bers Peter Ed­mond­son and Wayne Sand­with on Fe­bru­ary 4 fol­low­ing the branch shoot where he also man­aged to win the A-grade.

Peter has held just about ev­ery po­si­tion within the branch, be­ing a past pres­i­dent, a long-stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber, safety of­fi­cer/clay co-or­di­na­tor, and state/ na­tional coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive. He is still serv­ing the branch, cur­rently as vice pres­i­dent.

On top of all this he is in­cred­i­bly hands on, the first to at­tend work­ing bees, ground set-ups and tak­ing time off to run the prac­tice days as well.

Bal­larat branch sec­re­tary Aaron Ed­mond­son said Peter was al­ways one of the first to put his hand up to pro­mote shoot­ing in all its forms.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in duck counts, con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and sport­ing events, his pas­sion and com­mit­ment to the sport is phe­nom­e­nal,” he said. “I have been very ac­tive with Bal­larat FGA since I was a baby; I have al­ways had my fa­ther, Peter Ed­mond­son, and Peter Meek­ings to look up to. Since I can re­mem­ber, Pete has al­ways been ac­tive in or­gan­is­ing shoots, duck counts, school events and just as a known face around the club, and his sup­port of all mem­bers is well known.”

Aaron said with­out the long-stand­ing sup­port and knowl­edge Peter brought to the com­mit­tee, the branch would not be as suc­cess­ful as it is to­day, with more than 700 mem­bers.

“The club is def­i­nitely a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for hav­ing him ac­tively in­volved,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Peter Mc­cormick is rel­a­tively new to the role and recog­nised the sup­port and guid­ance Peter pro­vides. “He has al­ways of­fered his as­sis­tance to me and been a great men­tor to me in this po­si­tion. He is a de­light to work with and is very en­cour­ag­ing to new shoot­ers,” he said. Peter was chuffed, but hum­bled by his life mem­ber­ship. “I was ab­so­lutely sur­prised, it isn’t the rea­son you put in, I was par­tic­u­larly hum­bled by it,” he said. “I trans­ferred from Sale in 1986 and have been in­volved with Bal­larat ever since; you only get out of it what you put in, so I have no trou­ble putting in. “I also get a kick out of men­tor­ing the young fel­las.”

Peter Meek­ings with his award (above) and hunt­ing with his mate

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