It's time to reward the champs who keep sports clubs going
WHO is the greatest unsung sports club legend on the Sunshine Coast?
Every sport has them - everyday legends who have worked tirelessly in the background for the sport they love.
And the Sunshine Coast Daily wants to give them the recognition they deserve, via our Local Aussie Legends competition.
Perhaps they've flipped burgers every weekend, washed grass-stained jerseys all season or taught the basics of their sport to generations of young players.
Perhaps they're like Shirley Haag and Michael Davis, dedicated volunteers at the Caloundra Cricket Club for more than 40 years.
"I started up the canteen there in 1974 and have been there ever since in some form or another," Shirley said.
"It would be raining in the middle of the night and my husband (Trevor) would say 'Come on, get the kids up' and we'd all go over in our pyjamas and put covers on the wickets."
Mick organised the construction of the clubhouse.
"Back in the '80s we built it in 11 weekends, with 87 volunteer workers," he said.
"It was a real team effort."
The club's president Sharn Benn said volunteers like Mick and Shirley were vital.
"They're absolutely crucial to any sporting environment," he said.
"They're the lifeblood of everything that goes on around the place."
To nominate them, go to sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/locallegends and tell us why your nominee is a deadset legend for their contribution to local sport.
You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Sports Desk, Sunshine Coast Daily, News
paper Place (or PO Box 56), Maroochydore, Qld 5658.
The chosen legend in this region and their nominator will each receive a $100 prepaid Visa card.
And the greatest legend from across Queensland will win a legendary concert experience, including flights and accommodation, to the value of $3000.
Full terms and conditions are on our website.
What better way to mark Australia Day than through a community discussion to recognise the people who have put so much into making sport here so vital to us all?
COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT THEM
Some of our valued local volunteers over the past few years
Shirley Haag (cricket)
Michael Davis (cricket)
Max Whitten (golf)
Grant Ledger (cricket)
Kerry Wolski (soccer)