Manilla community celebrates achievements

26 Jan 2020

A selfless individual, a high achiever, an inspiring teenager and a hard-working committee have today been recognised with today’s Australia Day awards at Manilla.

The Manilla community came together at Manilla Memorial Swimming Pool o celebrate the efforts of those who work tirelessly to support the community.

The Citizen of the Year award has been presented to Mr Ian Bennett for his selfless efforts and involvement in the Manilla Bowling Club as treasurer and as the Manilla Rugby Senior League Club Secretary. Mr Bennett is president of the men’s bowls, volunteering his time to assist with the social bowls and competitions run at the Manilla Bowling Club. In addition to being treasurer, he provides a weekly write up to the Manilla Express.

At the start of 2019, the Manilla Rugby Senior League Club was unsure of its future with no committee, money or team. Mr Bennett attended the annual meeting and volunteered for the position of secretary. To ensure the club’s success, he wrote letters to sponsors and organised raffles. At the completion of the grand final, Mr Bennett took up the BBQ tools to cook for the players and supporters before his own celebration.

Manilla Rugby Senior League President, Pat Carlton said; “He is a true measure of a person, thinking of the club before his own pleasure”.

The Achiever of the Year award recipient is Jodie Sing for her dedication to Staffordshire Bull Terriers as a judge and breeder with international standing. Ms Sing was first introduced to the breed in 1986. She attained her judging licence in 2007, allowing her to judge at national and international Stafford Championship shows. In addition, Ms Sing has also given 10 years of service to the NSW Fire Brigade.

Manilla’s Young Citizen of the Year is Zac McNeil who dedicates his time to sport. He has played representative basketball and he has organised, coached and played in the Manilla Central School’s boys team. After a taste of mixed-netball, Zac put together a Manilla Central School boys team which placed in the Schools Cup knock-out competition. After being approached to join the men’s under 20s NSW team Zac played at the men’s and mixed netball nationals. With the help of his teachers, he initiated a year 9/10 boys netball team. Mr McNeil is a firm believer that sport has so much to offer, promoting physical and mental health, fitness, friendships and building relationships with all different people and personalities.

The Community Event of the Year award went t the 85th Manilla Annual Show. Held over the 22, 23 and 24 March 2019, the Manilla Annual Show was a successful event that brought the community together while facing the drought. The show committee was successful in being awarded grants to assist in the running of the show. Taking on these grants added to the workload of the committee, however led by president Mr Jim Maxwell and secretary/ treasurer Lou Ellen Overton, the committee rose to the occasion and produced an outstanding community event.

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