League stalwart wins QRL honours
GLYN Rees hasn't come up for air since he first threw himself into the world of rugby league.
The dedicated volunteer has spent more than 35 years in rugby league administration from locally-held positions to state-wide roles - and now he has been given some overdue credit.
This week the Queensland Rugby League Juniors' Board announced it had decided to change the name of the City/Country Cultural Exchange to the Glyn Rees City/Country Cultural Exchange.
Rees said he was humbled and honoured by the gesture.
"I'm very grateful to QRL and the state junior board for bestowing the honour on me," he said.
"It wouldn't have mattered if I didn't have a name tagged on as long as it was working, but the fact someone's thought enough of me to put my name on something I feel it's quite humbling and something I'm really proud of."
Rees first began his rugby league roles at the local club in Gladstone. That overlapped with a 15-year stint on the Queensland Junior Rugby League Board and 20 years on the divisional board. It was during his time in the state junior rugby league association that the City/Country Cultural Exchange was born.
"We were looking at different ways to give opportunities for kids who don't make top rep sides and ways to also give city kids an awakening of what life's like outside the city areas," Rees said.
"Australia Rugby League funded it and now it's at the stage where there are teams invited in each region in Queensland."
The Warwick and district Under 13 team will take part for the first time for the south-west region in the-now Glyn Rees City/Country Cultural Exchange in 2012.
Rees said it was the buzz from seeing the young kids enjoying themselves on the field that made his time and effort worthwhile.
"They're not the elite kids and they're probably not going to represent their area, but they're great clubmen and the next generation of people who will run the rugby league clubs," he said.
"I just get a kick out of seeing them enjoy themselves. They'll go on to bigger and better things and it's something that should be there for all kids."
Rees said he had no plans of slowing down - having just accepted the position of Warwick and District president - and said he was looking forward to more footy.