Football Queensland CEO Geoff Foster has lauded the 50-year playing anniversary of Redlands United’s Brian Forsyth after he was presented with the Member Federation’s inaugural Achievement Award.
Forsyth, who has spent his entire half-century at the club, was last week presented with the inaugural Football Queensland Achievement Award for his contribution to the game.
Foster attended the ceremony at Cleveland Showgrounds and congratulated the Bayside local on his efforts.
“Brian’s achievement is really the essence of what community sport is all about,” Foster said.
“We provide value into the community by creating an environment where people can interact through sport.
“Obviously for 50 years that’s been a significant part of Brian’s life and Brian’s entire family.”
Foster pointed to the Achievement Award as marking the beginning of a concerted effort by Football Queensland to acknowledge exceptional contributions to the game.
“Recognition of outstanding community achievement is not something we have done as well as we should have over the years,” he said.
“We are expanding our efforts in recognising these kinds of contributions and not limiting it to this award only.
“Brian’s effort is certainly a brilliant achievement and it was great to be able to share it with him and his family.”
Forsyth’s anniversary follows 38 years after helping Redlands United claim its first major title as a senior player in 1977.
He has since played in the same team as his son, coached juniors and acted as the club’s Vice President.
Starting out aged nine, he now competes in the Over-35s Masters competition.
“I certainly enjoy the fitness side and I enjoy the camaraderie with all the guys and all the different people that you meet from all different walks of life,” Forsyth said.
“My wife likes to think I have OCD and that’s why I keep playing because I can’t break the habit.”
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