Pambula’S Glen Baker has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to junior football, being named the South Coast Auskick Coordinator of the Year.
Baker is the coordinator for the Pambula Panthers Auskick Centre, which runs out of the Pambula Sports Complex.
He was chosen to receive the award out of the 12 club Auskick centres that run on the South Coast between Nowra and Eden.
South Coast Auskick program manager Tracey Mitchell presented the award to Baker last week.
Baker has been involved in Auskick programs on the South Coast for the past seven years, and has been involved in organising half-time Auskick games during GWS matches played in Canberra.
Baker knows the thrill the kids get out of playing in front of an AFL crowd on a ground like Manuka Oval, and believes it is important to give them that opportunity.
It hasn’t always been an easy task running the Pambula Panthers centre though, with unexpected rises and falls in numbers causing logistical nightmares for Baker.
Over the years the centre has had more than 25 kids running around during any given season, with numbers dropping as low as 12 for seemingly no reason.
Owner of a local bottle shop in town “Pambula Little Bottler”, Baker is a well-known face on the street of Pambula and is always willing to lend a helping hand, not limited to football.
Earlier this year, Baker helped organise a wine tasting event to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Australia.
The event raised more than $4000 to support research efforts and awareness of people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.
AFL NSW/ACT would like to congratulate Baker for his fantastic contribution to Auskick and the Pambula community.