Major award named in Max Godbee's honour
WELL-KNOWN identity and former The Daily Examiner sports editor Max Godbee will forever have his name linked to sport in the Clarence Valley.
One of the major awards to be presented at the inaugural Grafton Shoppingworld and Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Sports Awards in November has been named in honour of Godbee, who these days resides at Grafton Nursing Home.
The annual Max Godbee Award will be presented to a person who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to sport in the Clarence Valley. Similar to the Ernie Muller Award for the Lower Clarence, it will be chosen annually by the Clarence Valley Sports Council.
Order of Australia Medal recipient in 2003, two other OAMs recommended the award to be named after Mr Godbee, namely Jim Dougherty and Cheryl Kinnane.
Yamba Surf Club's current director of surf sports Dougherty was coached in his youth by Godbee at the club, where he is a life member and had a 65-year involvement. He highlighted Godbee's long association with the Daily Examiner Sportstar of the Week, which ceased several years ago, as a primary reason for his recommendation.
The Daily Examiner Sportsperson of the Month concept now being run in conjunction with the Clarence Valley Sportsperson of the Year stems from the weekly award that became Godbee's tireless passion.
"Max was instrumental in ensuring the former Sports Star of the Week awards were successfully run for some 30 years during his time at The Daily Examiner," Dougherty said.
"It was his passion. As an old style sports journalist, Max did a terrific job in promoting all sports in the Clarence Valley.
"It was a labour of love for him and he was just so in touch with every sporting organisation in town."
Godbee was involved as a competitor, administrator and supporter of many sporting organisations including athletics, rugby league, hockey, boxing and horse racing.
His wife Lauretta Godbee said he was delighted when told his name would be associated with the prestigious award.
"Max loves sport, any sport," Mrs Godbee said.
"He loved competing in it, watching it and writing about it."
Who do you think should win the inaugural Max Godbee Award for 2014? Leave a comment below.
NOMINATE NOW FOR MAY
SEND Sportsperson of the Month for May nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on Wednesday, May 28. Winners receive a Jetts Fitness prize pack and automatic nomination for Clarence Valley Sportsperson of the Year presented by Grafton Shoppingworld.
Eligible athletes must reside in, and be active participants of, a team or club based in Clarence Valley, and achieved at a high level in the current season. A panel will judge a winner, to be published on Wednesday, June 4.