CHARTERS Towers cricket veteran Roma Bailey has been named the deserving winner of the inaugural Suncorp Bank Bulls Masters Community Cricket Volunteer of the Year Award.
Considered a hero by many in the local community, Roma celebrated his win alongside Australian cricket legends Jimmy Maher, Andrew Symonds and Queensland Bulls player Chris Lynn at a special community barbeque in honour of his contribution to community cricket.
The search for Queensland’s Community Cricket Champion, a joint initiative by Suncorp Bank and the Bulls Masters, was designed to acknowledge the significant role volunteers play in ensuring cricket continues to thrive throughout the state.
Roma Bailey said cricket was a way of life and he was honoured to accept the prize on behalf of the Charters Towers Junior Cricket Club.
“Cricket has been a part of my life since a young boy. One of my favourite childhood memories is digging up a cricket pitch in our family back yard,” Mr Bailey said.
“I first got involved with Charters Towers Junior Cricket Club when my boys were growing up and have been involved ever since. I think cricket can teach children a lot of valuable lessons, and I enjoy seeing the teams I now coach grow and improve throughout the season.
“This prize is a great boost to our junior cricket program and will allow us to purchase new cricket mits for the junior teams.”
An upstanding member of the community, Roma is also a councillor on the Charters Towers Regional Council and heavily involved the local Men’s Shed.
Suncorp Bank Regional Manager for North Queensland, Brad Steele, said Roma Bailey
encompassed all of the qualities that the initiative stood for.
“Many of our country’s cricket legends started their career playing for local cricket clubs across Queensland. It is through the efforts of volunteers like Roma Bailey that the sport remains an intrinsic part of Australian culture,” Mr Steele said.
“Roma’s involvement in keeping community cricket alive in Charters Towers spans more than 30 years, with Roma spending countless hours maintaining the club’s four turf wickets, helping the Goldfield Ashes committee, and coaching junior teams on top of his executive roles with
North Queensland Cricket junior and senior regional bodies, Queensland Country Cricket, and Queensland Cricket.’’
Queensland Bulls Masters player Luke Feldman recently paid tribute to Roma for his role in inspiring him to play and to achieve in the game.
“We hope the award, including a $$10,000 donation to the Charters Towers Junior Cricket Club and $$2000 prize money, will help Roma continue his efforts in inspiring the next generation of cricketers,” Mr Steele said.
Roma Bailey and Jimmy Maher.
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