Hockey star Brent Livermore named Valley ambassador
ON A homecoming with a purpose, Brent Livermore broke down in tears as he accepted the award as the Clarence Valley Ambassador.
It was a humbling moment for those in attendance as the Olympic gold medallist reminisced about the days growing up in the Clarence Valley and the opportunities it provided him.
"The exciting thing is that receiving this award gives you the opportunity to really reflect," Mr Livermore said. "To reflect on what it was like growing up here - the activities in the Valley - festivals, events, everything that happens at home.
"For me that is really important to get you back home but more so encouraging other people to come here and utilise it."
The Clarence Valley Ambassador award is given each year to a former Clarence Valley resident who has achieved on the national or international stage to mark Local Government Week.
"We have a very rich culture here in the Clarence Valley of people who acheive and do a lot on the national and international stage," Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson said. "This is an opportunity for us to acknowledge that by giving this award.
"We have had some pretty special winners in the past and this time is no different. Brent Livermore is a special guy.
"He has been a terrific guy for hockey, not only here in Grafton but certainly in NSW and Australia. He is a terrific representative of what the Valley is and what the Valley produces."
Mr Livermore said that it was an honour to be made an ambassador of his home town.
"You know people say 'What do you do there?', but they do not realise there is so many different things the Valley has to offer," he said.
"I just had family come back from being overseas in Europe and they have said give me home any day.
"That is how I was as an athlete. I travelled everywhere around the world but really just wanted to spend my time at home on the Clarence."