Honour. William “Glen” McLaren choked back tears as he accepted his Citizen of the Year award at the Twilight on the Duck festivities on Australia Day.
Years of dedication to the sport he loves, and to the community he is a part of is what brought him the recognition, announced in front of a relaxed crowd at Sunday’s waterside event.
Following the national anthem, sung by 17-year-old Jessie Arnold, Mayor Daryl Quilliam read out why the cricket coach is to be commended.
“I would like to make special mention of Glen’s passion for junior cricket and the many generous hours he has donated to the cause.
“His enthusiasm and commitment truly knows no bounds.”
Mayor Quilliam said for over 15 years Glen has volunteered his time and energy, investing it in Circular Head’s youth.
After many years with Trowutta Cricket Club, gaining him a term as president and a life membership, Glen moved on to coach Marrawah’s underage cricketers.
In the four years Glen has been with them, they have won two premierships.
Last year Glen was awarded a life membership to the Circular Head Cricket Association.
As well as local cricket, Glen has been involved in the Country Challenge for six years, visiting primary schools and selecting grade 5 and 6 students to represent Circular Head.
“He provides an excellent mentoring influence and ensures that the team represent the Circular Head area to the best of their ability, whilst enjoying themselves and developing a sense of sportsmanship,” Mayor Quilliam said.
With the help of Cricket North West, Glen has also been a supervisor for Milo Cricket and has run primary school cricket games, giving up his Friday nights for eight weeks at a time.
“This program has improved the skills of young cricketers in the community and has led to a record number of children being selected in north-west representative sides this year,” Mayor Quilliam said.
Glen also assists with coaching the Circular Head Colts U/17 team, as well as assisting with the U/15s.
Mayor Quilliam said Glen’s wife Sharan is equally as dedicated and provides assistance with scoring, providing certificates and encouragement all the players. They often run two cars to transport players and all their equipment to matches. Glen has been known to hire a small bus to help with transport.
Mayor Quilliam said because of Glen’s passion and commitment, the game has seen many talented cricketers emerge from this area.