Group Three Junior Rugby League president Warren Blissett has been named volunteer of the year for the East Coast region in the NSW Rugby League Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Mr Blissett said it was both an honour and a surprise to have his efforts recognised.
"It does feel good to be recognised after many, many years of playing, coaching and administrating," he said.
"It was very unexpected."
Mr Blissett believed the successful competition Group Three Junior Rugby League was able to run amid the COVID-19 pandemic was a significant factor in him receiving the award.
With approximately 79 games running per week for the nine weeks of the season-proper, Mr Blissett said it was one of the biggest community sporting competitions in NSW.
"We got kids back into sport," he said.
"We got parents, spectators, umpires, coaches, administrators back into it.
"We actually increased a small amount in terms of our participation numbers."
But while Mr Blissett was understandably proud of the achievement, he said it wouldn't have been possible without the help of the people around him.
"Behind me there's a pretty darn good team," he said.
"I think the award is for those people as well."
In addition to his role as junior president - which he's held for three years - Mr Blissett also fulfills a number of other positions within the Group Three organisation, including junior vice president and registrar of the senior league, as well as a match day coach of the Group Three referees.
While he admits it can be a lot to juggle at times, he says sport has always been a way of life for his family.
"I've got a very patient wife," Mr Blissett said.
"We've grown up around rugby league, myself and her."
Mr Blissett's four sons have also been actively involved in the game, with his youngest, Landon, currently being nurtured through the NRL's referee development hub.
A keen player himself until an injury sidelined him as a 20-year-old, the now 56-year-old Mr Blissett said he transitioned into coaching once his playing days were over and had been involved in various capacities ever since, first at Wagga Wagga and Queanbeyan, before settling in Forster 16 years ago.
And with the sport still bringing him a lot of satisfaction, he says there are no plans to wind back any time soon.
"I'll continue giving my best efforts to the game," he said.
Chief among these efforts will be his continued investment in increasing female participation in Group Three Junior Rugby League, with the organisation already achieving some impressive numbers in a short amount of time.
"We've gone from 20 girls to 451 girls in the space of three years," he said.
"It's very pleasing to see."