Colin Kiker – A Community Leader

 

Colin Kiker, a true legend of the Wantirna South FC, passed away Monday 24th July 2017, after a long battle with illness. His family was at his side in his final moments.

A Life member of the club, Colin was one of the greatest leaders our club ever had and was an inspiration and loyal mate to so many people.

“Kikes” as he was known, was the Senior coach in the 80´s and later became President, leading the club from financial ruin. More importantly he reset the clubs vision and culture on a path for all our community to enjoy and to help our footballers be the best they can be.

Well known for heart felt speeches on why our football club was important, it was his ability to inspire and bring people together that was his lasting legacy.

As Senior coach, Kikes was definitely “old school”…His sprays for below par efforts were legendary and feared, even by the hardest of men, but were always on the money.  There isn´t a player who wanted the glare from Kikes at quarter breaks, nor did any dare to question his instructions. Bloody hard but fair, was our coach Kikes

It was a different era, yet Kikes was a brilliant thinker and often had the Senior team very competitive with his wily ploys to get an advantage.  Ahead of his time in many ways was our Kikes.

As President in the early 90´s, it wasn´t just about the finances, he created the vision and reset the standards for long term sustainabilty of the club.  At the time the club was at the bottom of 4th Division, yet he boldly told anyone and everyone “We will be in 1st Division one day” – Many know that this happened about 10 years later.  Everyone believed Kikes.  

Honored to be named Coach of the team of the 1st 50 years , Kikes loved every player and supporter of our club.  If you werent one of us, you were against us. and his passion to get the best out of everyone was from his belief that together anything is possible.

I am sure there are plenty of people like me, who are proud to call Colin a mate of theirs.  His words of wisdom and stories had a truely long lasting positive impact on all of us.  He had a great sense of humour and liked to socialise, but was also keen to help others out who might have needed some words of support. Sure, Kikes could give you a spray, but he was just as quick to praise and make you feel important to others.

These days accolades can be handed out loosely, but Colin Kiker was a true champion of our club, a legendary orator, but most of all, a wise and passionate man who was loved by many.

All the people of Wantirna South Football club are forever grateful to Colins family for sharing him with us, and offer our condolences in this sad time.

Steve Draper

President