THE Central West Junior Rugby Union (CWJRU) bestowed a special honour on secretary Peter Veenstra on the weekend.
During the CWJRU grand finals, Veenstra was presented with a life membership.
He is the first person to be given this recognition from the CWJRU.
Veenstra was at the junior grand finals at Orange’s Endeavour Oval last Saturday and before the under 13s presentation, the special announcement was made.
“I had absolutely no idea. I had no knowledge it had been proposed,” Veenstra said.
“I was stunned and surprised. I couldn’t believe it.”
Veenstra said he felt honoured to be given the life membership and said he felt it was a special role.
“A fair degree of responsibility goes with being the life member of any organisation. You are a custodian of that association,” he said.
The 70-year-old has been involved with the juniors since “at least” 1987.
In that time he has seen quite a few changes.
“When I started, all communication with clubs was by mail,” he laughed.
“It’s very different and I can see a change has come through the junior organisation and they’re more professional.”
Veenstra said he was proud of the development within the region’s junior association.
It was not only Veenstra who was acknowledged by CWJRU on Saturday.
His wife, Lida, was presented with some flowers.
“Of course I had to say a few words and I thanked Lida because I wouldn’t be able to do all this without her support,” he said.
Veenstra is also the Central West Rugby Union chief executive officer and was given a life membership to the senior association in the late 1990s.
Even though he has dedicated “a third of a lifetime” to the region’s rugby union competitions, he doesn’t plan to end his involvement any time soon.
“While ever the passion is still there,” he said of his plans to stay on.