A PASSION to restore one of Camperdown’s most iconic buildings has resulted in Mary Hay being honoured with the Corangamite Sportsmen’s Club Rick Scroggie Memorial award.
The annual award was established to recognise individuals for their service to sport in the region after Scroggie, a former member of the club, tragically died in the Ash Wednesday fires.
It was presented at the club’s first dinner of 2019 held last Tuesday night.
Hay was recognised with the award after her tireless efforts in helping restore the town’s iconic grandstand at the racecourse.
It was a long and arduous process that took 16 years but one that eventually culminating of the grandstand’s reopening.
“I’m highly honoured to have won it and to also be honoured by Corangamite Sportsmen’s Club with the award,” she said.
Hay said the grandstand was iconic to Camperdown along with the clock tower while horse racing had enjoyed a rich history in the area.
She said it had been a great effort by her committee to have the grandstand restored and reopened on the Camperdown Turf Club’s Camperdown Cup meeting in January.
“It’s been very nice to achieve what we set out to do,” she said.
“It’s taken a long time but the building is very important to Camperdown.
“And I think all the books you read make racing a very important pastime for Camperdown and the Western District.”
Hay said sport had provided her with many highlights, both as a player, a parent, administrator and supporter.
She said there were numerous benefits to be gained from being involved in sport, adding it was a big part of modern day society.
“I think sport is a great leveller,” she said.
“Sport teaches you a lot of things to do with life, like you know how to win and how to lose and how to enjoy the highs and lows.
“And I think socially too, the majority of people love sport and it’s lovely to go and talk about sport with them.”
Meanwhile the Sportsmen’s Club also announced monthly awards for December, January, February and March.
December junior team award went to Skipton Primary School’s Grade 5 and 6 girls’ cricket team, which won the Woolworths Cricket T20 blast for the second year in a row.
The senior team award went to Terang Golf Club’s Elaine Hrabar, Judy Carmody, Maureen Bond and Karen Mather for their win in the Bessie Shady Bowl.
In January, Caleb Kavanagh won the junior sports star award for his golfing efforts at Terang during the month.
The senior team award went to Camperdown Racecourse Grandstand Restoration Committee for their efforts in restoring the historic grandstand mentioned above.
In February, the junior sports star award went to Olivia Henzen for her achievements in stock horse riding, while Ewan McKenzie won the senior award after taking out a fourth Victorian Super Rod title.
The under 12 boys and girls grand final winning basketball teams from the Camperdown Amateur Basketball Association won the team award.
In March, the senior and junior sports star awards went to South West Cricket’s (SWC) Cricketer of the Year winners, Bookaar’s Simon Baker and Heytesbury Rebels’ Noah Ackerley.
The team awards went to Bookaar’s under 16s and Pomborneit’s division one side, which won their respective SWC premierships.
The next Corangamite Sportsmen’s Club dinner will be held in October.