ONE year after receiving life membership to Western Zone Cricket the same honour has been given to Col Wood at the next level - NSW Country Cricket.
In the latest addition to his list of achievements Wood was given the honour thanks to his years of service at an administrative level for Western Zone and his time as a coach and selector at the statewide level.
Wood's contributions across all facets of the game, all the way from playing through to managing accounts, has helped steer cricket in the western region and across regional NSW in a positive direction.
He was honoured to receive his second life membership in as many years.
"I was over the moon when I heard about it," he said.
"I'm really happy. I've had a great time being involved in cricket and this is just the icing on the cake. I've met so many great people along the way and this is a wonderful feeling."
Wood's biggest contribution beyond Western Zone came as Country Cricket NSW selector between the 1996-97 and 2002-03 seasons while managing the NSW Country Colts side in that time.
He ventured into administrative work where he helped create strong pathways for Western Zone players.
"I'm pretty proud of the financial situation we were in when I left and we'd made over $80,000 worth of grants to different affiliates in Western Zone while I was running the books," Wood said.
"Before Western Zone I'd done work with St Pat's and Bathurst. I'd spent 11 years on the St Pat's management committee ... and was clubman of the year five times.
"For Bathurst I was president one year, with 12 years on the management committee. I had eight years as a selector with Mitchell ... seven years with Western Zone [as selector] and seven years with Country Cricket NSW. It all seemed to go so quickly.
I'm really happy. I've had a great time being involved in cricket and this is just the icing on the cake.Col Wood
"I had so much fun on the way. I could go to many, many places in country NSW and know someone through it all of that."
When the chance to move into the Western Zone administrator role came up Wood jumped at the chance - and he excelled.
Wood was quick to mention the help he'd received along the way, and gave special mention to those in Western Zone Cricket who helped lay the platform for the growing the game.
"I was a selector for seven years and ... after David Redden retired as Western Zone administrator I thought 'Yeah I could do that' and that's how I started in that line of work. I had that job for 16 years," he said.
"The zone has had great success through people like Brian Gainsford, Ian Hogg and Dennis Cox. John Sullivan and Bruce Whitehouse were the country cricket executives and helped with a lot of things.
"Brian and Ian were chairmans at NSW Country Cricket and Dennis was the chairman of our zone. They helped massively along the way, as did Marie Cornish and Caroline Sheehan did with girls cricket."