Two weeks after joining the Liverpool City Rugby League Club when his son wanted to play in 1964, Kevin Ingram became secretary.
He has been involved in rugby league ever since. The Mounties president was recognised for his service to rugby league, particularly through administrative roles with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The Champion caught up with Mr Ingram to talk about his latest accolade.
How did it feel to be awarded an OAM?
Being awarded an OAM was a wonderfully proud moment. It was a mixture of feeling honoured and excited.
Did it come as a shock?
It did actually come as a shock. I first heard about it in April and they requested I keep it discreet. It was then in May that I received the formal letter to advise that my nomination had been accepted. I had to retain that excitement until early June when the official announcement was made.
When/why did you get involved in rugby league?
I initially became involved in rugby league as a young man. For me, it was steeped in my history and was a great way to spend time with my mates and keep active. I am a lover of the game and everything that it represents in terms of mateship, camaraderie and team spirit.
Why have you continued to be involved for so long?
I can't help but feel that it is because it keeps me alive. It's a personal passion and a joy. I have committed my later years to volunteering and giving back as much as I can. I guess you could say I just cannot help myself!
What is the best part about rugby league?
I would say that the best part about rugby league from my perspective is the game itself. Another important part is the mateship and relationships built that last a lifetime.
I would say that the best part about rugby league from my perspective is the game itself.Kevin Ingram
I played at school in the top grade, until I received an offer at 18 from Randwick Rugby. At the same time, there was an offer from South Sydney Rugby League. I chose Randwick because I lived close by and a few mates were already within the club.
Do you have a highlight of your time involved?
There are certainly many highlights of my time along the way. I was the secretary of Liverpool City Junior Rugby League Club. I played first grade with Randwick when they had six current internationals and eight former internationals and then there was me. I was the odd one out but kept my place in the team until I was injured. It was a pleasure and privilege playing with the Randwick guys and being amongst some of the best.
My mentor was Sir Nicholas Shehadie. He was a few years older and an international rugby player. He always sorted out any trouble for me on the field when we played and was a huge inspiration to me as a player. He was a monster of a man.
- Liverpool District Junior Rugby League Football Club (Secretary, 1964-1975).
- Parramatta District Junior Rugby League (Vice-President and Treasurer, 1982-2005).
- Served as selector for Parramatta Junior Reps.
- 1980 was elected to board of Mounties.
- Became president of Mounties in 2003.
- Life Member and Patron Liverpool City Junior Rugby League.
- Life Member and Patron Paramatta Junior Rugby League.
- Life Member Paramatta NRL club.
- Life Member Mounties.
- Life Member and Patron of Mounties Men's Lawn Bowls.