Allan ‘Cobra’ Summerfield with Korumburra’s Under 16 team at the Korumburra turf on Friday evening.
KORUMBURRA’S Allan Summerfield has received national recognition for his contribution to local cricket – named the Commbank’s Cricket Club Hero.
As part of the award, Allan, or Cobra as he is widely known, was flown to Sydney to attend the Allan Border Medal last night.
He had the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in the sport and experienced the glamour of the awards night, including the red carpet.
Allan was a talented cricketer for Korumburra Cricket Club before an accident 25 years ago left him a quadriplegic.
But his disability has not held him back, as he filled the role as president of the cricket club for 10 years and is now the secretary and treasurer.
Allan flew for the first time in 30 years, with his partner Ruth joining him for the trip.
The Commbank partnered with Qantas to provide him with business class seats for his flight, ensuring his first flight was as comfortable as possible.
Speaking before the event, Allan said the award came as a surprise.
“I got a phone call out of the blue from the CommBank on the first day of the Sydney Test; I didn’t know anything about it, the sneaky buggers,” he said.
And as for flying, Allan said he was a little apprehensive.
“I’ve got nervous excitement I suppose. It’s taking me out of my comfort zone a lot,” he said.
“They’re pretty good at transporting people these days, especially people with disabilities – they’ve come a long way so I’m sure it will be fine. It’s nothing a couple of beers won’t fix.”
CommBank Cricket Club Ambassador, Glenn McGrath sang the praises of Allan.
“Behind every great local cricket club, there seems to be one person in particular who goes above and beyond – Allan Summerfield is that person for the Korumburra Cricket Club,” he said.
“His commitment to the cricket community, and his strength of spirit, embodies everything that I love about cricket.
“I congratulate Allan on being CommBank’s Cricket Club Hero – his story is heroic and worthy of the recognition.”
Allan’s time on the committee has seen the Korumburra Cricket Club make many improvements including the development of a turf wicket last year.
He has also been an active committee member of the Korumburra-Bena Football Club and served as the Secretary for nine years.
Despite the accolades, Allan said he doesn’t do the work to be recognised.
“I suppose when you think about it, it’s good that the people that you do the work for appreciate what you do,” he said.
“It’s good to be recognised, but I certainly don’t do it for recognition – I do it because I enjoy doing it and it gives me something to do.”