Kiama Council has paid tribute to Col Rathbone, who is retiring as president of the Kiama District Sports Association (KDSA) after 43 years in office.
Mayor Mark Honey and other councillors formally thanked Mr Rathbone for his longstanding contribution at this week’s council meeting.
“Col is an active member of Kiama Red Cross, Friends of Blue Haven and Friends of Vision Australia. He has been very involved with these groups and although he quietly goes about his work, he is held in high regard,” Clr Honey said.
“If your children (or you) have enjoyed playing organised sports in Kiama at one the clubs, fields or courts, any time over the last 43 years, then you might have Col Rathbone to thank.”
“In the past 43 years Col has helped organise countless sporting fixtures, lobbied for create new facilities, sought grants and worked tirelessly to promote the benefits of sport as part of people’s everyday lives.”
“The KDSA, under Col’s term as President, has gone from strength to strength and he leaves an impressive legacy of commitment to his community.”
“On behalf of Council, and all those at Council who have worked with him over the years, I offer Col our sincere and abiding thanks for his dedication and service.”