TE ANAU Rugby Club recognised the contribution of one of its members last weekend as it awarded Vaughan Greig a life membership.
Club president Nathan Botting said it was an “honour and a privilege” to present Greig with the honour after 30 years of service to the club.
“He has contributed an untiring dedication to the club over the years. A very loyal and hardworking club member,” Botting said.
The membership came as a total surprise and honour to Greig.
“Club member Gary Barnes came to see me a few weeks ago wanting some playing stats and some information on my involvement with the club as he was putting a book together, so young members of the club would know what some of us older members had done.
“I’m guessing we will never see that book.”
His father Dexter Greig, of Balfour, and wife Tracey were at the presentation.
“Tracey was also acknowledged for her involvement with the club,” he said.
During Greig’s playing career he represented the Northern Southland sub-union in both junior and senior grades.
He captained the Te Anau seniors in 1996 and had played more than 100 games for Te Anau.
Botting said Greig played senior rugby until 2001, “which meant I had the privilege of playing alongside him for Te Anau seniors”.
“He was a great teacher and mentor for all the younger players on and off the field.”
Greig was treasurer of the club committee for eight years while still playing rugby.
After he hung up his boots, he took on the president’s role for the 2002 and 2003 seasons and was also the club’s northern representative.
His involvement with the club saw him take on roles of bar manager, team manager, junior co-coach and junior rugby referee until recently, and he was involved with the clubroom extensions in 2010 and on the committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2011.
The Griegs also cleaned and maintained the clubrooms for six years until 2018.