AT A GLANCE
Born: Mount Barker, February 12, 1959.
Children: Brad, Stephanie and Courtney.
Parents: Albert and Shirley.
Siblings: Gail, Bronwyn, Scott and Craig.
Education: Callington Primary School before going to Mount Barker Secondary School.
Sporting Highlight: Playing for Myponga when they won the 1983 premiership in the Great Southern Football League in South Australia.
Kym, which side did you defeat when Myponga won the 1983 flag?
We defeated Strathalbyn to win the flag.
It was Myponga's first premiership in 50 years, so the victory was extra special. Other sides in the competition included Victor Harbor and Goolwa.
I kicked five goals, which made the result even sweeter for me. I played 250 games for the club and I'm a life member. Myponga merged with Sellicks back in 2003.
Away from the footy fields over the winter months, was cricket your sport over the summer?
Yes. My cricket career started at Bremer-Callington as a 14-year-old in A grade. It was a daunting experience but I loved the challenge.
I ended up opening the batting for Bremer-Callington in A grade. The highest score I made was 156 not out in a 40-over game.
I went on and played country week for my local area before playing interleague cricket.
I went down to Adelaide and tried out with Sturt and Kensington who play in South Australia's district cricket competition.
My cricket career continued with Terang when we moved to Victoria at the end of 2006.
Why did you make the move over the border to Victoria at the end of 2006?
There were more opportunities over here for my family. We had been share farming in South Australia and the chance came up that I was to take over as the manager at Demo-Dairy in 2006.
I stayed in the job until 2013 before going to Murray-Goulburn as a field officer in the south-east of South Australia for seven years. I then had a three-year stint with Saputo.
I joined the Union Dairy Company in March 2019 as the milk supply manager in South Australia.
Let's talk about your cricket career with Terang. How many years did you play for Terang?
It was 10 years. My cricket career came to an abrupt halt when I injured my plantar fasciitis in my left foot in 2017.
I was playing in a game of cricket for Terang when it went. It's the most painful injury I've suffered in my life. It took me two years to recover. I put in countless hours of exercises and visits to the physiotherapist to get it right.
It's still not a 100 per cent right; I would say it's about 90 per cent but it's a lot better than it was. I still exercise to ensure it gets better. There was one stage when I really struggled to walk around.
I made about 2000 runs for Terang in that 10-year period. I took up umpiring after my cricket career came to an end in 2017. I decided not to umpire in finals because I wanted to get around the grounds and catch up with players and officials from various clubs.
Terang is fortunate to have wonderful facilities for spectators and players at its cricket ground.
Many top players have played cricket at Terang but I would have to say not many could beat the performances of Tim Keane.
He's got to rank as one of the best players that have played at the club. This year he will achieve some amazing milestones for cricket in the South West Cricket Association and for Terang.
Speaking of the South West Cricket Association, you're the president of the association. How are things shaping for this cricket season?
Things are looking really good. The virus has caused some issues but we've been sorting them out.
Our junior grades are really flourishing. It looks like we'll have 16 teams in the under 14 competition from 11 clubs.
Mortlake will have two sides and there's another one from Ecklin.
It's wonderful to see young children are wanting to get out and play cricket. It's not about winning, it's all about participation.
The South West Cricket Association includes sides from Boorcan, Cobden, Camperdown, Terang, Lake Bolac, Lismore, Simpson and Woorndoo. It's a big area we cover but it's great to be involved with such positive people who are working for the same cause and that's to see cricket thrive across the district.
Away from your involvement in cricket, you're also on the board of the Hampden Football Netball League. When did you take up that role?
It was in 2010. I would say the best thing about being on the board is I have no allegiances with any clubs.
It means I'm totally independent when decisions have to be made about various issues or matters relating to clubs.
I would say the major thing that has occurred since I've been on the board is the introduction of Hamilton and Portland in 2013.
Both clubs have made for stronger competition in football and netball.
Former HFNL president Bob Guiney encouraged me to join the board.
Tim Mason has been the president of the league for the past few years; he's done a fantastic job. I think Matt Ross is doing a good job in his role as the regional manager of AFL Western Victoria but we've had problems with the regional administration centre which administers five football leagues across the Western District.
Can you elaborate?
The centre administers football and netball in the Hampden Football Netball League, Warrnambool and District Football Netball League, South West District Football Netball League, Mininera Football Netball League and the Western Victoria Female Football League. It's been like a revolving door as far as staff are concerned.
Sadly, many of those have failed to see the bigger picture for football and netball in this region. They lacked touch with the local communities.
I take my hat off to all the volunteers at clubs who put in countless hours to ensure football and netball is played each week during the season.