Johns up for league award
THE last thing Rockhampton’s John Diamond expected before his weekly bowls game was a phone call saying he was a finalist in the Rugby League One Community Awards.
It was so unexpected, the 74-year-old initially didn’t believe what he was hearing.
Held in Sydney next Tuesday, the awards pay tribute to all levels of rugby league Australia-wide.
John is one of 13 finalists in the Toyota National Volunteer of the Year Award.
He will rub shoulders with the likes of Nathan Hindmarsh, Wendell Sailor, Andrew Ryan and Petero Civinoceva – they are among the nominees for the Ken Stephen Award presented to an NRL player who has given exceptional service to the game both on and off the field.
John said he felt nothing but gratitude at being nominated.
“You do it because of your love of the game and desire to improve the game,” John said.
“What I do is for the benefit of the game, not to benefit myself or to be recognised in any way.”
John, who prefers to stay behind the scenes rather than in the spotlight, first started playing rugby league when he was at school.
Once he left school, John didn’t play much rugby league for about 30 years, however he never forgot the sport he loves.
John concentrated on his wife and daughters and buying his first home.
He became involved with rugby league again when he was a part of the Railways Football Club.
John then became a part of the Rockhampton Rugby League in 1978, where he worked mostly with the senior side for 15 to 20 years.
He was also on the Leagues Club Board for 20 years.
John’s passion for rugby league began when he started to play rugby league because it was simply the main game around.
These days John donates 20 hours of his time each week to the game and is a life member of the Rockhampton Rugby League, Central Queensland Rugby League and his local leagues club.
John is also a committee member of the Railways Football Club and is vice-president for the Rockhampton and Central Divisions.
John’s advice for aspiring rugby league players is to “put your heart into something and you can achieve anything” and to also “be prepared to listen”.
John also assists with Meals on Wheels four times a week.