Sport played in Forbes throughout 2018 confirmed to me that it remains an important aspect of life and community.
It provides that all important nucleus to assist us in becoming more rounded and tolerant individuals.
The recent SOYA Awards night was again very well attended and an enjoyable event.
A diverse group of people came together to share their common interest in and love of sport.
Despite the very tough time in rural NSW and retail in general, our local sponsors have continued to support SOYA. For this we are very grateful.
The judges this year once again were diligent with their task and made some very tough decisions. The number of nominations was up a little as was the diversity of sports represented. This is very positive.
Forbes Council continues to provide wonderful facilities throughout the town. This is not only beneficial to our local sportspeople but encourages bigger events to be staged in Forbes which in turn helps the entire community.
The backbone of SOYA is of course the committee. To this small but very hard working and supportive group I give my biggest thanks. You have made my current role of President relatively easy and certainly very enjoyable.
The plaudits and acknowledgements of the SOYA concept after the presentation night are always plentiful, but I believe the sporting community of Forbes needs to become more involved if they want it to continue.
With this in mind, it is with very mixed feelings that I have decided not to stand for the Presidents role or for the committee of SOYA for the upcoming year.
I have been involved for over 20 years and have certainly enjoyed the experience. I now believe new ideas, fresh eyes and ears are needed to bring this organisation more into the life of this sports active community.