Pat’s an inspiration in local sport
PAT Leadbeatter has been a fixture in Lismore sport for decades.
Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney penned a tribute to Leadbeatter to thank him for his years of work.
Despite living with an intellectual disability, Leadbeatter has been involved in baseball, softball and cricket, and Mackney said he had rarely missed a Marist Brothers rugby league game in 45 years.
He's a badged softball umpire, officiating in club competition and during the Masters Games.
"I keep an eye on all sports, regardless of type or level of competition," Mackney said.
"I have known Pat since the early 1970s and played cricket with him in my early years.
"Pat has been something of an icon in local cricket and baseball and has the rare distinction of being recognised with life membership by Marist Brothers cricket and baseball and the FNC Baseball Umpires' Association.
"This is an outstanding achievement."
Mackney said Leadbeatter had not played sport at a highly competitive level yet had been a highly regarded friend to thousands of former teammates.
Always smiling and willing to share a story, Leadbeatter has "almost legendary status at the Rams", Mackney said.
"Those of us who count Pat as an inspiration and a friend simply marvel at the man he is and what he has achieved," Mackney said.