HONOUR: Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets life member Stuart Taylor.
HONOUR: Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets life member Stuart Taylor. Jocelyn Watts

Taylor reflects on Jets' award

WHEN Stuart Taylor first became Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets president the club boasted less than 200 members.

A former Sandy Straits Football Club coach, Taylor took assumed presidency of the newly-merged club in 2014, one year after the new entity came into existence.

Taylor played a major role in the motivated club's drive to new heights. It doubled its membership in one of Queensland's fastest- growing regions for football.

As Taylor sought to step down from his presidency, his efforts were recognised when the club awarded him life membership.

"It was absolutely unexpected,” he said.

"I am very passionate about sport, I'm passionate about my club. It was struggling but now it's a great community club.”

Taylor spends his days as the Division 9 representative for Fraser Coast Regional Council. He devotes what spare time he can find to the growth of the world game.

That includes stints as a Brisbane Roar ambassador, where he was afforded an up-close and personal look at Queensland's A-League club, presidency of Football Queensland Wide Bay (formerly Football Wide Bay), and as one of the drivers behind new Queensland Premier League entity Wide Bay Buccaneers.

As his children grow older and earn state sports honours in their own right, it has left less time for Taylor to dedicate to the game.

"A lot of my role at the Jets was done between 10pm and 2am,” Taylor said.

"With Buccaneers and FQ Wide Bay coming together, I felt it was the right time to step back. That will be effective once we find someone to be the next leader of KSS Jets.”