February 9, 2016
Long-time Coonabarabran resident and community stalwart, Keith Flood, humbly accepted Warrumbungle Shire Council’s major Australia Day award on Tuesday, 26 January.
Joined by family and friends, Mr Flood was honoured with the Citizen of the Year title at the Coonabarabran awards’ ceremony held in Neilson Park.
Mr Flood, who owns Coonabarabran Bakery, said it was a great honour to receive the award.
“Between a keen interest in sport, raising a young family and operating a successful business, I’ve had plenty of opportunities for community involvement,” he said.
“My participation has never been seen as a chore, but rather, doing my bit to help ensure the success of the club or event.
“My coaching efforts have always been about helping improve the sporting ability of all the kids involved and, hopefully, their ability to participate and enjoy the activity.”
Mr Flood said he was a firm believer that a postcode should not define a person’s ability to compete successfully beyond a local level.
“I would like to think that my daughter, Rebecca, and her golfing success on an international level, is both a repayment of this belief and an example to others of what can be achieved.
“To the Coonabarabran and wider community, thank you for the award.
“Hopefully. I can continue to do the recognition justice with ongoing community involvement.”
Other Warrumbungle Shire Council award winners were:
• Senior Citizen of the Year - Avice Boyden, Baradine
• Young Citizen of the Year - David Tighe, Coonabarabran
• Young Citizen of the Year - Alycia Trainor, Coolah
• Sportsperson of the Year - Troy Palmer, Coolah
• Young Sportsperson of the Year - Jake McGlashan, Coonabarabran and Baradine
• Meritorious Award for Sports Administration - Wayne Burgess, Coolah
Warrumbungle Shire Council Citizen of the Year, Keith Flood, pictured with Australia Day ambassador, Scott McGregor, and mayor, Peter Shinton.
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