SACA honours Geoff Vivian after 25 years of service

Kaniva local Geoff Vivian was recognised for his contribution to cricket at this year's SACA Community Cricket Awards.

Vivian was awarded the honour of Ambassador of the Year, along with being recognised for his 25 years of service to the game of cricket.

He said winning ambassador of the year was a massive surprise, but was incredibly grateful to receive the award.

Cricket has always been one of his passions, after realising that his smaller stature presented some challenges as a footballer.

"I was too small for football, I'd get pushed around a lot and that's when I realised that cricket suited me best," he said.

Choosing cricket turned out to be the right decision, as he went on to enjoy a successful career in the whites.

Vivian managed to make multiple representative teams across the years, including playing at the SACA Country Carnival and even representing the Australian Country team that played against teams from the West Indies and India.

Once he called time on his playing career, Vivian's mindset was to give back to sport which had given him so much, by moulding the next generation of cricketers.

Vivian has been involved with junior cricket since the 1990s, volunteering with programs such as MILO In2CRICKET and becoming coach of the Kaniva C Grade team.

"It's great to see kids progress from learning the game, all the way to becoming good senior cricketers," Vivian said.

Playing cricket has stayed in the family, with kids Liam, Sam, Zac and Emily involved in the various grades across Kaniva.

"I have four kids that all play sport in Kaniva, so it's great to see them get involved with local sport and enjoy it as much as I did."

Volunteers are incredibly important in cricket all across the country and without the men and women taking time out of their week, the game wouldn't be the same.