Clarry's passion for her community results in her winning Citizen of the Year

AUSTRALIA DAY: Clarry has encouraged Tatiara residents to step outside of their comfort zone.
AUSTRALIA DAY: Clarry has encouraged Tatiara residents to step outside of their comfort zone.

Keith as long been a town that has punched above its weight, thanks to the many great volunteers who make it a lovely place to live.

Clarry Martin is one of those generous volunteers, and her years of hard work and community involvement have resulted in her being named the Tatiara Citizen of the Year.

The Tatiara's Australia Day ceremony will take place next Tuesday at the Mundulla Sport and Recreation Ground, with some of the district's most outstanding citizens to be recognised for their accomplishments.

Clarry is well known in the community for her involvement in local hockey, a sport that she has been involved in since the age of four. She has managed to represent the state women's hockey team.

She has also coached for many years, been the president for the Tatiara Hockey Association for three years, and has received life membership from both the league and the Keith Crows.

Outside of her other sporting commitments, Clarry has entertained countless residents with her memorable performances through the Keith Theatre Group.

Her volunteering resume also includes; being a Meals on Wheels volunteer for nine years, a member of the Keith Urban Development Committee, and a parent representative on the Keith Area School.

Despite her name being thrusted into the spotlight, Clarry said there are a number of people throughout the Tatiara that could have easily won Citizen of the Year.

"I am unbelievably honoured to be named the Citizen of the Year - like most volunteers, we don't do it for the recognition," she said.

"There is a strong group of volunteers in Keith, and unfortunately they don't get the recognition they deserve.

"If something needs to be done in the community, someone will put their hand and get it done."

She mentioned that while the idea of volunteering may seem daunting to some people, stepping out your comfort zone can provide numerous positives.

"It is good for people to step outside of their comfort zone, whether that be helping out with umpiring at a local sporting club or putting your hand up to become the secretary of a community group," Clarry said.

"Having a supportive group around you can bring a number of positives - when you undertake a role and succeed, it creates this sort of high."

Although giving back to the community is fantastic, it can often be a time costly exercise. Clarry said she wouldn't be able to do what she does without the loving support of her family.

"I wouldn't be able to do what I do without the support I get from my husband and children - I am often taking time out of work and away from family," she said.

"They are incredibly supportive of my endeavors."

Clarry's passion for her community, positive attitude, and enthusiasm to share her knowledge and experience in her chosen sports has inspired countless others to make contribution to their community.

The Tatiara is a better place for her volunteer work, and next Tuesday a small portion of the district will be able to thank her for the extraordinary contribution she has made over the years.