Administrator of the year

DARRIN Lewis, president of the Wingham Touch Association, has been named the NSW Touch Northern Eagles Administrator of the Year at the annual NSW Touch Blues Awards.

The Northern Eagles covers an area from Forster in the south to the border in the north and out west to Tamworth and beyond. Darrin was also in line for the State award.

Darrin works tirelessly for Wingham Touch as well as serving on many other committees in the Wingham area.

During his tenure as president Darrin has helped return the association to financial stability, working with other committees to have new lighting installed on fields and overseen the return of a junior competition. His current project will see the construction of a canteen and storage area giving Wingham Touch Association a home of its own for the first time in 35 years. 

When presented the award by Grahame Goodwin from Taree Touch, a previous winner of the State award, the ever humble Lewis thanked his committee for their support.

Darrin was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to work commitments and son Mason's birthday.

"I didn't think I would win," said Darrin. But win he did and his trophy will take pride of place at home were his family can admire it. 

Darrin is a family man with three boys – Grady (10), Mason (seven) and two-year old Archer.

Family plays a big role in Darrin's commitment to the sport and he said he enjoys the family friendly atmosphere. 

His older boys are following in his footsteps and starting in the new junior competitions that started this year for six to 10-year-olds. 

President for the past 10 years of Wingham Touch, Darrin said he is fortunate to have a really good committee behind him. "It makes life so much easier," he said.

Darrin thanked Grahame Goodwin and Kane Kriss and the committee for their help and support.

Darrin Lewis with his trophy

Darrin Lewis with his trophy