Central Highlands' Jim Fabish honoured to play his part
THEY say that the best awards come for those who don't actively seek them, those who quietly just go about their business and do their job.
Central Highlands rugby union coach Jim Fabish is up for one of those awards.
Fabish has been nominated by his players and community members for the Asteron Life Insurance Community Coach of the Year award for his tireless work here in the Highlands.
He has the chance to win a cash grant and a special visit from Qantas Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika later in the year.
Fabish has been described as a "supercoach" and a "hero" by a number of his players - titles that he modestly plays down.
"I feel pretty honoured, we do put a lot of work into it and I really enjoy it, so I suppose it's good to see a little bit of recognition," Fabish said. "I wouldn't say I am a supercoach, but it is great to hear that they like my style of coaching.
"I get a lot of satisfaction out of my role, I have seen some of these boys grow up.
"I began coaching them as eight-year-olds and now they are 15.
"They are like my own boys, so it's great to help develop their skills and turn them into really good young men."
Part of the nomination process included the following lines from some of the players he has coached.
"Jim has unlimited passion for the game and teaches us to play the game with passion, pride and sportsmanship," the unnamed player said.
"He teaches us that it's not a game of winning or losing, but doing your best as a group of mates, learning new skills for life and filling new dreams.
"He's created a love and growth for rugby around our region and I wish for him to be awarded this as recognition of how impor
tant junior rugby is."
The award winners will be announced at the John Eales ceremony in August.
If you think your favourite coach has what it takes to be Coach of the Year, nominate at http://asteronlifesuperrugby.com.