Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Wallace's Long Career; Bundy Rum Legend a True All-Rounder

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Wallace's Long Career; Bundy Rum Legend a True All-Rounder

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Byline: Gerard Walsh

LEGENDS AWARD: Long-time Warwick sportsman and volunteer Greg Wallace was named the Bundaberg Rum Local Sports Legends winner.

Today we highlight the work and success on and off the field that makes him our first legends winner. He and his nominator, Belinda Benz, who quietly asked him for a bit of history without saying why, both win a $100 credit card.

Guy Sugden (rugby) was first runner up and Greg Ryan (gymnastics) second runner up.

TOUCH: Involved since the 1970s when the Warwick Touch Association started with four teams -- there are now 55 teams

Greg did the paperwork/constitution when the association was incorporated.

On the committee and then appointed treasurer in 1994 -- a position he still holds.

He is a draftsman by profession and did all the planning and design for the clubhouse, which backs on to the Collegians junior rugby league clubhouse at St Mark's Oval.

Referees each week and has won five or six best referee awards in Warwick down the years, including one in 2015

Selected in a Queensland team in the Australian Touch Association and represented the region.

Played for Queensland and Australia in the National Touch Rugby Association.

Played to age 64 (last season) and still referees. Life member.

Played in Masters Touch Football carnivals at the Gold Coast.

CRICKET: Worked as volunteer in Warwick junior cricket for 13 years.

Junior president when Warwick hosted the Queensland under-16 championships.

One of organisers of carnival dinner (1990s), at which Australian one-day and Bulls player Jimmy Maher was guest speaker. The Warwick association organised player accommodation at a boarding school and billets.

Currently, he helps out as an umpire at the Warwick Australia Day Carnival (two or three-day) each year.

ATHLETICS: Competed for 25 years in state athletics, as a professional runner and in endurance events.

Won many state titles. Best distance was 70m but competed at all distances.

Two of biggest professional successes were second in Chelmer Gift and third in Gold Coast Gift.

Won his heat at the Stawall Gift in 1975 and was third in his semi final. …

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