CRRL and Bungendore Tigers volunteer John Cooper was rewarded for 27 years of service as he was presented with a Monaro Service Award on behalf of Mr John Barilaro, MP.
Cooper has filled a number of roles during his time as a volunteer. He is currently a member of the CRRL judiciary and has served the Bungendore Tigers in a number of roles which include being a committee member, ground manager, timekeeper and canteen volunteer.
Despite all this, Cooper was surprised but pleased when he found out about the award.
“It was a surprise,” Cooper said. “I was trying to figure out who nominated me!”
In conjuction with volunteering for the rugby league community, Cooper also volunteers his time with the Bungendore Rotary Club, the Sutton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade and the local OzTag competition.
CRRL General Manager Mark Vergano said that Cooper’s recognition was well deserved.
“John’s service to the Bungendore Tigers and rugby league in the Canberra Region has been invaluable,” Vergano said. “It’s great to see that all the work he has done as a volunteer be formally recognised by John Barilaro.
“Without volunteers like John, our game is unable to function.”
When asked why he chooses to volunteer so much of his time, Cooper’s response was simple.
“Probably the people,” Cooper said. “Over the years, I’ve made lots of great friends out there and not just through football.”
Photo: John Barilaro