WAYNE Boyd is not the sort of person who seeks recognition for his work, but it would be hard to find a more deserving winner amongst the 2017 CRL Service Pin recipients than the Bathurst Panther.
Since the humble and hard working Boyd moved to Bathurst in 1976 to work for the Department of Lands, he has given countless hours to his beloved sport of rugby league.
He initially joined Charlestons as a player, but when he hung his boots up after 12 years on the field for the club, Boyd continued to support them in other ways.
He was president of the Charlestons from 1988-1989, before continuing in the role for the Bathurst Penguins from 1990-1996.
Boyd then served as secretary of the Penguins from 1997-1999, before assuming that role when Bathurst Panthers formed in 2000. He remains in that job heading into season 2018.
He was made a life member of Charlestons in 1988, the Penguins in 1998 and the Panthers in 2007, while he holds that same honour on a Group 10 level.
“Boydy, he just goes about his job, he’s not the sort of bloke that wants a pat on the back for anything. He doesn’t do things for the accolades, he does things because they need to get done,” Dennis Comerford, president of Bathurst Panthers, said.
“He’s been continuously involved in football in Bathurst since 1976, that’s 42 years, and that’s a long time for anyone to be involved. Even before he came to Bathurst, I do believe he played in the lower grades for North Sydney.”
While Boyd plays down his contribution to the sport, Comerford revealed his efforts extend beyond the club level for Charlestons, Penguins and Panthers.
“He’s been involved with Group 10 for goodness knows how long,” Comerford said.
“He was the junior vice-president of Group 10 before that changed and went to a board, and now he’s on the board.
“He’s been on the judiciary for Group 10 and acted as the chair of the judiciary at times in the absence of other people.
“He’s also been involved with the Western Rams … so I’d say it’s a well deserved award.”
Cowra’s Peter McDonald also received a CRL Service Pin for his involvement with league in the area for 40 years.