Cheltenham man Colin Anderson has been recognised with an Outstanding Citizen's Award in this year's Kingston Australia Day awards for service to sport. As a lifelong member of the community, Mr. Anderson has dedicated over 50 years of service to local sporting clubs across a multitude of sports and was reportedly "pretty chuffed" to received the award.
Initially a cricketer and baseballer himself, Mr. Anderson also became involved in football once his two sons became interested in and then began playing the sport via Vic Kick and AusKick. Always willing to dedicate his time and efforts to the local clubs in Cheltenham has seen him receive life membership at the Cheltenham Cricket Club, Cheltenham Baseball Club, Cheltenham Football Club and the Cheltenham Football Netball Club, an extraordinary achievement that reflects his standing in the local sporting community. His dedication has seen him serve as a coach, committee member, president and club manager of a number of these clubs, whilst his presence has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young sports people from the area.
With his community service contributions being officially recognised with such a prestigious award, Mr. Anderson hopes this might further encourage other "ordinary" people to get involved in their local communities. For now, the Cheltenham area are thankful that he's among their number and that they've been able to count on his incredible efforts for such a period of time.
All in all, a well deserved honour for someone who has given so much.