Men like Geoff Hicks are the heart and soul of bowls
VOLUNTEERS like Geoff Hicks are the lifeblood of country sport - he is one of those types of men and women who give their time selflessly decade after decade, expecting nothing in return except to see their club and sport prosper.
To get an idea of how much work Geoff Hicks had done for bowls you only have to read the list of positions he has held at Moore Park Beach Bowls Club, from games director to men's president there is not much he hasn't done.
And all is hard work was rewarded when Bowls Queensland presenting him with the Meritorious Service Award.
Hicks was honoured by the recognition Bowls Queensland bestowed on him and he said without the sport of one person in particular he service of 48 years to the sport would not have been possible.
"I have been married for 51 years and why wife, Janet, has been fantastic. All the stuff she has put up with over that time like me going away for three or four days at a time," Hicks said.
"She has been happy with me doing it, as long as I don't spend too much money when I am away."
Hicks joined Moore Park Bowls Club in 1967 and the list of positions he has held is too long to mention, but it is easy to say there would be not a lot Hicks doesn't know about running a bowls club.
He said his attitude to the sport hasn't changed, although the game itself has, and there he still has a few years to go before he hangs his whites up for the final time, whenever that might be.
"The biggest change is there are so many different type of bowls, it blows your mind," he said.
"When the bowls were all the same the skip could be drunk at the other end.
"Now he has to know how each one of his bowlers bowl."
Hicks still bowls and loves every end he plays, at the weekend he got stuck into some mixed triples at Burnett Bowls Club where he won two games and lost one.
There is no sign of the passion draining from Hicks and Moore Park, the district and zone will benefit from his service foe a few more years to come.