[singlepic id=157 w=320 h=240 float=left]State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today congratulated local volunteer Alby Weare from Edmonton for becoming a State finalist in the Bligh Government’s 2010 Valuing Volunteers in Sport and Recreation Awards.

Mr Pitt said It was terrific to have a local volunteer as a State finalist in this year’s awards.

“Mr Weare has been recognised for his dedication as a volunteer in the sport and recreation industry for over 40 years as a coach, administrator, player and parent,” Mr Pitt said.

“He has been involved in junior cricket, tennis and rugby league and hundreds of young sports people in the southern suburbs of Cairns have benefited from his knowledge and capacity to pass on skills

“Mr Weare is an extraordinarily hard worker who is well known for his calm demeanour and passion for youth development.

“He is the first to roll up his sleeves for a working bee and the last to turn out the lights after a club function.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the sport and recreation sector and I commend Mr Weare for his commitment.

“There is no better time to celebrate the amazing work of our volunteers than during Queensland Week, giving us time to reflect on what it means to be a Queenslander.”

Minister for Sport Phil Reeves said thousands of volunteers from all over the state, devote hours of their own time to support and develop their local sport and recreation clubs.

“The Valuing Volunteers in Sport and Recreation Awards help promote and recognise their contribution.”

Mr Reeves said a Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland ambition was to increase the proportion of volunteers in Queensland communities by 50 percent by 2020.

Mr Weare and other 2010 State finalists will be recognised at events to be held later this year.

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