Christy keeps kids playing
CHRISTY Bolt, Aboriginal elder, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather with a passion for helping others was recognised on Sunday with a NSW Seniors Week Achievement Award.
A leader within the Northern Rivers community as a sports mentor for young Aboriginal men, particularly in rugby league and touch football, Mr Bolt won the Intergenerational Understanding Award.
He was presented with his award at NSW Parliament House on Sunday, and said yesterday it was a great experience.
"It was lovely; a big surprise," Mr Bolt said.
"I met a lot of people; it was just wonderful."
Mr Bolt, of Lismore, has served as a director on a number of Aboriginal organisations' management boards and is an active fundraiser for Northern United Rugby League Football Club and for Southern Cross LADS.
He said that one big thing that drives him was that he wished for all young kids to have opportunities, and for no one to miss out on them.
"I just want to get out there and help the kids," he said.
"You see a lot of the kids out there wandering around and doing nothing, and a lot of them get themselves in trouble and you wonder why," which is why he likes to get involved in programs that give kids and teenagers positive activities to do and things to get involved with.
One of these is football, a sport Mr Bolt has been involved with all his life.
"Indigenous kids love rugby league, they love the game."
Mr Bolt said he has been spurred on to continue his work with youth following the death of his grandson, Paul Morris, in the 2006 Broken Head car accident.
"When I lost my grandson in the car accident, it gave me the edge to keep on going, and to keep the kids safe by educating them about driving."
Mr Bolt was one of 14 people from across the state acknowledged by Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance for their service and contribution to NSW.
"This group represents the diversity of talent, generosity of spirit and limitless energy of seniors in our State," Mr Constance said.
For more about NSW Seniors Week events visit nswseniorsweek.com.au.