More accolades for Frank

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Updated: January 28, 2016
Frank Costa receives a standing ovation after being announced as the winner of the RJ Hickey Award for 2015. Picture: AL PACKER
Frank Costa receives a standing ovation after being announced as the winner of the RJ Hickey Award for 2015. Picture: AL PACKER

Frank Costa receives a standing ovation after being announced as the winner of the RJ Hickey Award for 2015. Picture: AL PACKER

FRANK Costa’s status as one of the most important figures in the history of the Geelong Football Club has been further enhanced after being presented with the 2015 RJ Hickey Award.

Announced at the Cats Annual General Meeting tonight at Simonds Stadium, the award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Australian Rules Football.

Costa’s formal involvement with the club has spanned more than three decades, joining coterie group the Pivots in the early 1980s.

He was elected to the Geelong board in 1997, became vice-president in 1998 and replaced the late Ron Hovey as president in 1999, serving until 2010 in the top job, before being named as club patron.

During his tenure, Costa and CEO Brian Cook helped guide the club out of financial trouble, with the ultimate reward coming in the form of premierships in 2007 and 2009.

The RJ Hickey Award will sit alongside a number of accolades, including being named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015 for his service to Geelong in sport, business and philanthropy, an OAM for his services to youth and the community, an Australian Sports Medal, a Centenary Medal.\

“It’s hard to imagine a more worthy recipient than Frank,” Geelong vice-president Bob Gartland said.

“He has done all he possibly can to make the Geelong Football Club the best it can be.”

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Kevin Paisley Eyewear