Awarded for his long serving work, Mike Gee, South West League Co-Coordinating Secretary was honoured in the Queens Birthday Honours List published on Saturday for services to South West Rugby.
After more than 50 years of involvement with the rugby union both as a player and an administrator the BEM (British Empire Medal) was well deserved.
Mike gratefully said, “I’m delighted and deeply honoured but I could not have achieved this award without the support of all the League Officials in the South West, past and present.”
A true Cornishman, Mike excelled for over 13 seasons, playing over 500 games for his local team St Ives, totting up nearly 200 tries. Even when the time came for Mike to move off the field and hang up his boots, he was still dedicated to the game.
Whilst serving on the Cornwall RFU Committee in various roles over a period of 20 years, he became one of the first league secretaries in 1987. He retired from the Cornwall RFU Committee in 1992. Mike has now successfully managed the rugby competition in the South West for the last 20 years.
Mike also runs his own sports tour company, Sports Travel South West with the help of daughter Nicola. Established in 1982 and with over 30 years experience, they offer rugby teams of all ages and abilities the opportunity to tour the UK, Europe or Worldwide to play the game they love with other fantastic teams.
Over the past half a century Mike has accumulated an enormous number of contacts throughout the rugby world and over the last 30 years a large portfolio of suitable hotels and coach companies. This enables Sports Travel South West to tailor a tour specifically to a teams needs.
Not to mention the fact that Mike is the longest serving member of the, Competitions Committee of the Rugby Football Union at national level and has served on several national sub committees and task groups involving competitive rugby.
Anyone who knows Mike will know he is widely regarded for his calmness, knowledge and his ability to problem solve. This was proven last year when 350 rugby games were successfully rearranged, many of which on the same day, after sudden flooding hit the region.
His commitment to treating all clubs, no matter how big or small, equally and fairly is recognised across the South West.
Mike has truly dedicated himself to the success of South West Rugby and is about to celebrate his 71th birthday with a truly deserved Queen’s honour to show for it.