11 May 2015
Charters Towers cricket veteran Roma Bailey has been named the deserving winner of the inaugural Suncorp Bank Bulls Masters Community Cricket Volunteer of the Year Award.
Considered a hero by many in the local community, Roma will celebrate his win alongside Australian cricket legends Jimmy Maher, Andrew Symonds, and Queensland Bulls player Chris Lynn on Saturday 16 May at a special community barbeque in honour of his contribution to community cricket.
The search for Queensland’s Community Cricket Champion, a joint initiative by Suncorp Bank and the Bulls Masters, was designed to acknowledge the significant role volunteers play in ensuring cricket continues to thrive throughout the state.
Suncorp Bank Regional Manager for North Queensland, Brad Steele, said Roma Bailey encompassed all of the qualities that the initiative stood for.
“Many of our country’s cricket legends started their career playing for local cricket clubs across Queensland. It is through the efforts of volunteers like Roma Bailey that the sport remains an intrinsic part of Australian culture,” Mr Steele said.
“Roma’s involvement in keeping community cricket alive in Charters Towers spans more than 30 years, with Roma spending countless hours maintaining the club’s four turf wickets, helping the Goldfield Ashes committee, and coaching junior teams on top of his executive roles with North Queensland Cricket junior and senior regional bodies, Queensland Country Cricket, and Queensland Cricket.
“Roma has become a well-known and much-loved member of the local community, having introduced hundreds of junior cricketers to the game and proudly supported them to make their own contribution to the sport.”
Queensland Bulls Masters player Luke Feldman recently paid tribute to Roma for his role in inspiring him to play and to achieve in the game.
“We hope the award, including a $10,000 donation to the Charters Towers Junior Cricket Club and $2,000 prize money, will help Roma continue his efforts in inspiring the next generation of cricketers,” Mr Steele said.
Roma Bailey said cricket was a way of life and he was honoured to accept the prize on behalf of the Charters Towers Junior Cricket Club.
“Cricket has been a part of my life since a young boy. One of my favourite childhood memories is digging up a cricket pitch in our family back yard,” Mr Bailey said.
“I first got involved with Charters Towers Junior Cricket Club when my boys were growing up and have been involved ever since. I think cricket can teach children a lot of valuable lessons, and I enjoy seeing the teams I now coach grow and improve throughout the season.
“This prize is a great boost to our junior cricket program and will allow us to purchase new cricket mits for the junior teams.”
An upstanding member of the community, Roma is also a Councillor on the Charters Towers Regional Council and heavily involved the local Men’s Shed.
Media are invited to join the Suncorp Bank and Bulls Masters Community Cricket Champion’s Barbeque for interview and photo opportunities.
What: Suncorp Banks and Bulls Masters Community Cricket Champion’s Barbeque
Where: Charters Towers Junior Cricket Club
When: Saturday, 16 May 2015
Time: 12.00pm – 12.30pm trophy presentation and speech
12.30pm – 2.00pm media interview opportunities
Meghan Henricks 07 3135 2647 or 0408 533 590
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