Gympie Cricket Association volunteer Shirley Blackburn with Michael Kasprowicz shortly after being awarded life membership at Albert Park.
Gympie Cricket Association volunteer Shirley Blackburn with Michael Kasprowicz shortly after being awarded life membership at Albert Park. Contributed

Life membership shocks Shirley

GYMPIE Cricket Association volunteer Shirley Blackburn works tirelessly for the sport she loves and was overwhelmed at the weekend to be presented life membership by Michael Kasprowicz.

Shirley received the prestigious honour at Albert Park on Sunday following the Twenty20 match between the ACA Masters and Gympie All Stars.

Shortly after joining the large crowd in cheering the Gympie boys to a standout victory over the Australian Masters team, the surprise announcement was made.

Kasprowicz stepped forward to make the presentation and a visibly emotional Shirley braced herself for the special moment.

Tears welled in her eyes as she received her life membership and was congratulated by Kasprowicz for her many years of dedicated service.

Shirley was unable to be contacted yesterday but Gympie Cricket’s Debbie Rowlands said the life membership was richly deserved.

“Shirley is a tireless worker for Gympie Cricket,” she said.

“She is in the canteen every weekend and she just loves Michael Kasprowicz, so it was a real thrill for her to be presented life membership by him.

“The honour couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person. She didn’t expect it, which made it even more a joy to watch because she was so surprised.”

Shirley was one member of a small army at Albert Park on Sunday for the ACA Masters Tour day of cricket.

Seen rushing from the kitchen with plates of food for the corporate area, she ensured Gympie Cricket’s corporate guests enjoyed their visit at what was truly a rare occasion for Gympie cricket.

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