Life times of achievement
THREE of Ipswich's latest Lifetime Achievement Award winners felt uncomfortable standing in the spotlight at the 2013 QT-City of Ipswich Sports Awards function.
It was clear they would rather be out helping their respective sports than being on stage at the Ipswich Civic Centre. That's the dedicated group they are.
Janet Savage, Ross Pedley and Margaret Daniell were worthy recipients of the city honour, along with Jeff McLean, who was recognised posthumously.
Savage, Pedley and Daniell humbly received their awards, capping a memorable celebration of the city's outstanding talent.
But it was perhaps Jeff's son David who best summed up what the four passionate contributors had in common.
"One thing that was very important to dad was Ipswich,'' David said, collecting the award with his sister Bridget.
"He was born here and travelled the world and he belonged here.
"He believed in everything about Ipswich.''
Former rugby international Jeff died in 2010 from cancer, aged 63.
He had devoted his life to sport, promoting the region through his hostelling business and ventures at the Ipswich Turf Club.
Daniell offered similar sentiments. "I'm fourth-generation in Ipswich. I love the city,'' the tireless tennis volunteer and official said.
For 2010 Ipswich Citizen of the Year Savage, winning the award was a chance to celebrate more than 80 years of vigoro in the city.
"One job I'm not very good at is making speeches,'' Savage said. "But I would like to accept this award for the past, the future and the present players and administrators of vigoro.''
Savage has been the Ipswich Vigoro Association's longest-serving president, having given more than 45 years service in a number of roles.
Pedley was also embarrassed to win his award for his selfless work with Ipswich touch, especially recovering from the floods. He thanked his wife Debbie, family and supportive touch football friends like Brad Smith.
Pedley was encouraged to see the Ipswich Touch Association attracting Brisbane players, reversing poaching trends of the past.
The prestigious function was organised by the Ipswich Sports House team, with support from Ipswich City Council and major sponsors.
For more than 45 years, the 2010 Ipswich Citizen of the Year has inspired countless children and adults to enjoy the benefits of vigoro. She is the Ipswich association's longest serving president and is a state official who still plays at club and representative level.
Has devoted much of his life to touch football, guiding the Ipswich association through some tough times including flood devastation. The Ipswich Touch Association president has a level 5 referee badge and a level 3 referee coaching badge, where he helps others. He has worked tirelessly in many roles revitalising club, junior and school sport.
The former state tennis champion was instrumental in the foundation of Tennis Ipswich in July 2011. She is the face of the Ipswich District Junior Tennis Association and has been coaching new players since 2000. She has also fulfilled several administrative roles including being one of longest serving secretaries. In 2011, she won the Tennis Queensland Order of Merit for her volunteer work.
Ipswich-born McLean played a number of tests for the Australian Wallabies rugby union team. He represented Queensland from 1969-74, debuting for Australia in 1971 against the Springboks. His final Test match was against the All Blacks in 1974. He maintained his passion for sport and Ipswich until his passing in 2010, aged 63, after a battle with cancer.