MOVING FORWARD: Ipswich cricket official Peter Leschke has devoted years to achieving a regional development dream.
MOVING FORWARD: Ipswich cricket official Peter Leschke has devoted years to achieving a regional development dream. Claudia Baxter

Commitment to achieving results takes game ahead

The 2012 Queensland Times-City of Ipswich Sports Awards will recognise the best regional talent at the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight. In the final series on the award contenders, Paul Smeaton previews the finalists for administrator of year.

SEEING Peter Leschke pause when asked what is the crowning achievement this year for Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association is testament to how far the game has come in a year.

In the past 12 months, Leschke has overseen the entry of Ipswich into the Brisbane grade cricket competition, a million dollar redevelopment of the Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex, and a $100,000 plus commercial sponsorship of Ipswich grade cricket.

In any other year, each of these achievements would have been a standout administrative result so it's no surprise Leschke has been nominated for the QT-City of Ipswich Sports Awards.

"It's difficult to choose," Leschke said when asked what is his proudest achievement in the last year.

"Getting this clubhouse (at Ivor Marsden) up and going is a fantastic achievement. It's something Ipswich cricket has been crying out for many years.

"Once we get this facility up the level we are happy with, Ipswich will have a venue that could effectively host Shield games.

"When it is finished we'll see grade cricket here on a regular basis.

"Also, getting a team into the Brisbane competition is something that people have talked about around here for 30 years.

"We've also managed to achieve that."

Leschke's commitment to local cricket hasn't just happened this year. He's been at it for close to two decades.

"I started with Central Districts originally like a lot of dads coaching junior teams," he said.

"I slowly took on a bigger role organising carnivals and those sorts of things and I've been secretary of Ipswich schoolboys' cricket for around 20 years."

With a full-time career in the IT industry, Leschke still finds the time to put in 10-20 hours a week in his cricket role.

But it's clearly a labour of love and he doesn't have to look far for satisfaction.

"When you see the outcomes we've had in the last 12 months you look back and say that was really worth doing," Leschke said.

"Also the excitement from people who have been around Ipswich cricket for years makes it all worthwhile."



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