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The NSW Rugby Union extended their congratulations to Peter Veenstra after he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced on Monday.

Peter has had a long association with rugby through Central West rugby but it was not only his involvement with rugby that lead him to being recognised for his contribution to his community.

Peter is also the chairman of the Lyndon Community Drug and Alcohol Service and a board member at Royal Far West.

“I’m in the 31st year now with Central West rugby,” Mr Veenstra told the Central Western Daily.

“It’s part of my philosophy. If you have a go you can achieve.”

He told his local paper that he believed one of his greatest achievements as a sports administrator was being involved in getting the Springboks to play at Wade Park in 1992 just after the end of apartheid.

The Executive Director of the NSW Country Rugby Union Stephen O’Brien says there would be very few people around country rugby and the wider rugby community who did not know Peter.

“Peter has served on the NSW Country Rugby Board, he spent four years on the NSW Rugby Union Board and he’s been on numerous advisory committees for the Australian Rugby Union,” Stephen said.

“He’s one of nature’s gentlemen and he deserves this award as recognition for all the time and effort he’s given to not only rugby but the whole community.”