State award for cricketing icon
THERE are not too many people still volunteering today who can remember using a horse drawn plough to prepare a cricket pitch. Gympie’s Jim Geiger can.
At 87, the Gympie cricketing icon has been recognised as one of 12 Queensland Government’s Valuing Volunteers in Sport and Recreation Award finalists for 2010.
It might be some 60 years ago, but Mr Geiger can recall where it all began.
A few years after World War Two ended, Mr Geiger took a pair of horses, a mouldboard plough and a scoop to prepare the site at Warrawee (Glastonbury) for a cricket pitch and tennis courts.
In the ensuing years, he has devoted thousands of hours volunteering for various Gympie region sporting bodies, including the Gympie Cricket Association and Gympie Juniors, as well as serving with Queensland Country Cricket.
He has represented the region on many committees at the local, regional and state level.
Mr Geiger has been involved with the Western Districts Cricket Club as either a player or an administrator since 1948, serving as president of the club for half a century.
The Queensland Government has recognised inspirational volunteers like Mr Geiger, who give their time and energy to keep local sport and recreation organisations running across the state.
Announcing the 12 finalists, Sport Minister Phil Reeves said volunteers were the lifeblood of the sport and recreation sector.
“All over the state, thousands of volunteers such as coaches, officials and parents devote hours of their own time to support and develop their local sport and recreation clubs,” Mr Reeves said.
“Without these volunteers, many small sport and recreation clubs and even major sporting bodies would be at a loss and some may even cease to operate.”
The 2010 Award finalists will be invited to attend an event later this year.
Mr Reeves said nominees had been selected because they had gone above and beyond to support and develop the activities they love.
“Some have applied their knowledge and personal expertise to ensure their sport or recreational activity continues to grow, while others have committed countless hours to raise funds or administer their organisations. These people are an inspiration to us all.”