One of Tamworth hockey’s most influential figures, Graeme “Chas” McKenzie, is the winner of the Sportsmans Warehouse Community Sports Award for August.
The Tamworth Hockey Association past president will coach the Waratahs in the women’s first-grade grand final against the Flames on Sunday as his side bids for three straight premierships.
McKenzie summed up his involvement in hockey like this: “I think it’s a wonderful sport. It provides wonderful opportunities for kids. People of all ages play our sport.
“I think it’s a great sport for all individuals … that’s what probably drives me on.”
A past director of Hockey NSW, McKenzie was instrumental in the development of the annual York Cup and Kim Small Shield, which he has convened every year for 15 years.
For many years, he coached the Tamworth under-13A boys representative team at state championships, and the Workies under-11 and under-13 boys teams in the Saturday morning comp.
His coaching resume also includes being a long-time mentor of the Tamworth Primary Schools Sporting Association side, and overseeing the Oxley Girls High School team.
Annually, he takes a schoolboys invitational side to tour NZ.