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IAN McKnight was born in
1941 and his formative years
were spent between Mel-
bourne and the family home
town of Maldon in country Vic-
His father was a service police-
man in the RAAF, and his uncle
an officer in the Victorian police
force, so it wasn't surprising when
Ian joined the Victorian police
force as a young recruit in 1961.
This was the start of a fulfill-
ing and rewarding career, spend-
ing over 20 years in the Mallee,
Central, Wimmera and South West
Ian was an active sportsman,
and wherever he was posted he
became involved in the playing
and administration of Aussie rules,
basketball and cricket.
Country life provided a relaxed,
carefree lifestyle in which to raise
a family, and being part of country
communities -- be it through his
work, the sporting field or com-
munity service organizations such
as Apex and Lions International
-- was a wonderful experience
and resulted in many lifelong
Eventually he returned to Mel-
bourne were he worked as a
Police Welfare Officer before he
retired from the force on health
grounds resulting from a workplace
But as one chapter of Ian's life
closed a whole new world was
about to unfold on the northern
border of NSW.
He used to travel to Tweed
Heads regularly on holidays where
he would also visit his uncle, who
upon his retirement from the Vic-
torian police force moved to Tweed
Heads and became a keen bowler.
Ian was to follow in those family
footsteps, and in 1984 he made
the life-changing move to NSW's
For someone with Ian's sporting
and administration background, he
was welcomed with open arms at
the nearby Cudgen Leagues BC,
which is a community club catering
for junior and senior rugby league,
men's and women's lawn bowls,
junior and senior cricket , hockey,
touch football and social golf.
It is also the home of the King-
scliff RSL sub branch.
It wasn't long before he was
enticed on to the green to take
up a new sporting challenge. He
took to the game like a duck to
water and was soon representing
the club in Pennants, and making
his mark in club championships.
Despite his natural ability on
the green, winning numerous
pennants, championship titles and
representing the District, his real
strength and love was in sport's
Bowls has been the ultimate
winner in this regard and the
number of roles he has performed
within the Cudgen Club, at District
and State level is extensive.
Firstly, he has been an accredited
Level 1 Umpire for 19 years and a
Level 1 Coach for 18 years.
Within the administration of
the Cudgen Leagues BC he was
a Selector for over 10 years, Sec-
retary/Treasurer for 15 years and
President for four years.
Through these roles he also
became involved with ClubsNSW
State Council where he served as
a representative and on the Club
Industry Advisory Council.
Most deservedly he was
bestowed life membership of the
Cudgen Leagues BC.
At District level, he was the
Assistant Secretary of the Tweed
Byron District for two years, and
then Secretary for 16 years, and
at the same time served as Public-
ity Officer and a member of the
District Coaching Panel.
He then became Secretary for
the Zone 1 Bowling Association for
six years and the State Councillor
for three years.
It was no surprise that he was
bestowed Life membership of the
Zone 1 Bowling Association.
His dedication and commitment
to the sport of lawn bowls was
also officially recognised in 2000
when he was awarded the Austral-
ian Sports Medal.
Ian's administration qualities
continued to grow in stature and
he initially became a Vice President
of the RNSWBA for two years,
and for the past four years he
has been a strong backstop to
President John Archer as Senior
During this time he also served
three years as a Director of Bowls
Whilst Ian's contribution, com-
mitment and dedication to bowls
administration has been outstand-
ing, there is still an even bigger
With John Archer stepping down
as the President RNSWBA after
four years in the chair, Ian was
the logical successor and he was
elected unopposed at the recent
Annual General Meeting.
Ian is under no illusion that the
road ahead is going to be an easy
one, as he is taking over at a time
with a number of key issues still
in the melting pot.
He is the first to admit that
Unification of both the men's and
women's associations is inevitable,
but it has to be done properly,
and there are a number of les-
sons to be learnt from interstate
associations that have already gone
down this path.
The overall membership decline
in the sport of lawn bowls con-
tinues to challenge administrators,
and the ailing financial perform-
ance of many smaller clubs in
these uncertain economic times
puts their future at risk, Ian adds.
Declining membership in the
junior ranks is equally concerning
for him, and it is important to
rejuvenate interest and growth
at junior level as they will have a
pivotal role to play in the sport
in the years to come.
With the Sydney City Council and
State government keen to develop
a new open-plan City Square, the
current Pitt Street headquarters
may be unsuitable, with adjoin-
Ian McKnight brings wealth of
experience to President's role
By KEVIN DRING
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