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.