Awards honour top citizens
IPSWICH'S top citizens have been honoured as part of the city's annual Australia Day awards.
The 2011 ceremony was held last night at the Ipswich Region Community Church in Flinders View.
Vic Pascoe, president of the Ipswich and District Athletic Club was given top honours, named Ipswich's Citizen of the Year.
In announcing the winner, Mayor Paul Pisasale said for more than 30 years Mr Pascoe, a former sprint champion, had shaped the sporting careers of many Ipswich athletes, coaching and guiding athletes to achieve their best.
“He tirelessly promotes Ipswich and regional athletes, especially when they return from state and national carnivals where they have proudly waved the Ipswich flag,” Cr Pisasale said.
“Vic is incredibly dedicated to coaching a new breed of Ipswich athletes specialising in sprints, hurdles and relay running.
“As a runner, Vic was crowned both Queensland and New South Wales champion for the 400m event in 1973.”
Each year he helps the Ipswich Hospital Foundation with the Park to Park run, an event considered one of the most challenging half-marathon courses in Queensland.
He also helps organise the annual Mile Gift at Bundamba racecourse and also fun runs to raise funds for cancer research.