Bankstown Sports congratulates Director Marty Klumpp who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, over the long weekend.
The 66-year-old has been involved with Bankstown District Cricket Club since 1976, when he took over as secretary for an initial 3-month period, ‘until they found someone else’. 33 years later, he is still the Secretary and a very active member within the local sporting community It was through his role at the cricket club that he became well-acquainted with Bankstown Sports, joining as a member in 1993. He then joined the Board of Directors in 2013.
Marty says he was a little embarrassed when he found out he was receiving the OAM, because he considers the work he does – a team effort.
“I accepted the award on behalf of a collective of volunteers, not just from the cricket club, but across all of the local sporting groups. But I’ll admit, it was certainly very gratifying to get bombarded with hundreds of text messages and Facebook messages of congratulations. That really did surprise me. It was really nice to see that people from many eras ago from both the cricket club and other areas, all came together to celebrate something positive”.
“You forget the reach that you have in situations like this. To have young kids that I coached many years ago who have now got their own families and been successful in their own businesses, saying that they really appreciated the support and the advice and guidance I gave them back then – that was really touching. I did get a bit of a buzz out of that”.
Marty says one of the highlights from his time with Bankstown District Cricket Club is the development of Memorial Oval.
“The ground is now considered an elite sporting facility, but it’s also got the gardens, the new $1M disability-friendly playground, the linkage to the walking track and the outer oval, which is really important for the local area. It really is a big playground for a lot of people now”.
He has also seen his fair share of professional athletes grow and develop under his watch.
“In my time, we’ve had about 15 first class players come through the club. Clearly, Steve and Mark Waugh are the most well-known. And what’s interesting is you hear people talk about Steve Smith or Mark Taylor and all these different cricketers over time, but they never say where they came from. But when they talk about the Bankstown players over the years, including the Waugh Brothers, everyone knows where they grew up and who they played for. Which is a credit to them for letting people know about their grassroots, but also showcases the pride that the local community has”.