A hardcore sports fan who has helped clubs right across the Moreton Bay Region has been recognised for his contribution to the community by winning a coveted award as part of the 2022 Moreton Bay Australia Day awards.
Malcolm Klein, better known as Mick, was announced as one of the winners in the new Mayor’s Community Spirit Award category, which recognised extraordinary contributions to the Moreton Bay community.
The award was open to those who live within or outside the region, and those who aren’t Australian citizens – which was a first for the program.
Speaking about the award recipients in January, Mayor Peter Flannery said all the 2022 award winners were deserving of their honours and reflected the diversity and sense of pride that made the region such a special place.
“Australia Day is a time to come together and celebrate how lucky we are to live in our region, and the country we call home,” Mayor Flannery said at the time.
“Part of this is sharing our own stories, and each of this year’s award recipients have great stories to tell - all of them showing commitment to helping others, reaching out to those in need, and giving back to their community.
“It’s people like our award winners that epitomise the Aussie spirit of reaching out to others no matter the circumstances, and not giving up when times get tough.”
About Mick Klein
Mick Klein was the driving force behind establishing the Caboolture Sports Club in 1994, funding its construction by working with venture capitalists and six local sporting groups across softball, touch football, cricket, dog obedience, soccer and rugby union.
Under Mick’s leadership as the club’s first President, they united to form an umbrella group to help support their different fields and create a place for them to meet and socialise.
Thanks to Mick’s passion and vision, each club now receives funding from Caboolture Sports Club, providing residents with access to some of the best sporting facilities in Australia.
The club also delivers more than $1.9 million in cash and in-kind support to the community each year, including more than 300 local sporting clubs, community groups and individual athletes.
Mick is also helping to shape the region for the upcoming 2032 Olympic and Paralympic games, with Moreton Bay hosting a number of events and expected to present a number of future sporting stars.
Today, the Caboolture Sports Club is a popular venue for food, live entertainment, events, sporting matches and more.
The Caboolture Sports Club is located at 19-27 Station Road Morayfield and is open seven days a week.
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