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It’s been a big couple of weeks for our President, Ken Shorto. Ken was nominated and awarded the City of Stirling Community Citizen of the Year Award by the CoS Mayor Mark Irwin during Australia Day celebrations.

The award is presented to a member of the community who goes above and beyond and make a positive impact. This is an incredible achievement for an incredible man but one that is not surprising to any of us at Balga SC. Let us tell you a little bit about Ken.

Ken has been involved in volunteering and club management for the majority of his life. He joined Balga SC in 1993, having played for and served the previous 26 years at Subiaco City.

Upon joining Balga, Ken jumped into the coaching ranks straight away, taking charge of the Under 11s where his son, Gary, played. Over the next few years he stayed involved in coaching, eventually taking on the Women’s Team coaching role where his daughter, Sonya, played. Football and Balga simply run in the family.

Ken joined the club committee in 1995 and has served the club at all levels ever since. At times Ken has had dual roles. Currently Ken serves as out Club President.

Ken is continuing his coaching role to this day, taking charge of our entry into the Women’s State League.

Ken’s passion has always been and remains Juniors. He is the driving force behind Fee Free Football. It is his vision, leadership and courage that embarked us on this journey, a journey to ensure that all kids, no matter their cultural or economic background are able to participate in organised sport. Ken’s commitment and support of Fee Free Football remains unwavering.

To continue his accolades, if you’re attending the Perth Glory V Melbourne Victory game today, 1 Feb 2020, look out for Ken, he will be doing the coin toss before kick off.

Congratulations Ken, your wider recognition is absolutely deserved and an extension to what we have always known about you. From all of us, your Balga family, we’re extremely proud of you and thankful for everything you do for us.