Kevin Grant has taken on the challenge of the role as Childers Junior Rugby League Club president for 2010.
Kevin Grant has taken on the challenge of the role as Childers Junior Rugby League Club president for 2010. GARY HUTCHISON

Big Kev saves day

KEVIN Grant is a big man with a huge passion for the game of rugby league and its development.

So much so, that when he read last week the Childers Junior Rugby League Club was in danger of closing because of a lack of a committee, he decided to apply for the job of president.

The club was in danger of collapse two weeks ago when members the club was left without a president, secretary, treasurer and other committee positions.

The former president Andrew Tsakisiris was forced to leave his post because of work commitments.

With no-one willing to step into the role, the club appeared to be in peril, leaving its 50 members, 60 families and 100 players in uncertainty about the future.

Stories in NewsMail and Isis Town & Country triggered a response from the community at last week’s committee meeting.

After a 22-year history in league administration on the Sunshine Coast, he retired to Childers last year for a farm change, growing passionfruit and avocadoes, but the plight of the local juniors tweaked his heartstrings.

“I couldn’t stand by and see a club suffer because of a lack of a committee,” Mr Grant said.

His career as an administrator started in 1987 when he was a founding member of the Sunshine Coast Second Division competition. He held committee positions until 1991, when he became the president of the organisation — a position he held until 2008.

Mr Grant said he had also held the position of treasurer of the Sunshine Coast Rugby League for one year during the same period.

He also has experience in junior league administration, having been a foundation member of the Palmwoods Junior Rugby League club. Ironically, like Childers, the hinterland club is also known as the “Devils”.

“The little devil on their jerseys is the spitting image of the one on the Childers jumpers,” he said.

At last Thursday night’s meeting of the Childers club, office bearers were elected to most positions.

Joining Mr Grant on the executive are Kylie Emms as secretary and Sheryl Nimmo as Treasurer.

The club is now confident it will be able to field teams in the 2010 competition.



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