Drew Benjamin

ALMOST 20 years ago Wakehurst president Drew Benjamin settled in Frenchs Forest and began looking for a weekend outlet.

After playing soccer whilst growing up in Brisbane, he decided to reignite his passion for the world game.
 
The Tigers happened to be the closest club to his home, so he trotted up to Lionel Watts to find out the score.
 
Benjamin played a few seasons in orange before a couple of knee reconstructions forced him to hang up his boots.
 
The father of two then chose to increase his involvement with the Wakehurst committee.
 
He was vice president of the seniors before taking on the lead role five years ago.
 
"I love organising things, so being president suits me to the ground,'' he said.
 
"It takes up about 40 hours of my time each week, I love it.
 
"I am also fortunate to have a very understanding wife (Bernadette), she knows how passionate I am about all things Wakehurst."
 
Benjamin still coaches his daughter Elle each Sunday in the all age division two competition.
 
It is a partnership that began when she was a little girl.
 
"Some of the girls Elle went to pre-school with are in the team, so to see them still enjoying the game is fantastic,'' he said.
 
"My son Nick also plays, with his mates at Manly Allambie.
 
"One of my highlights is seeing our Premier League team run around each Saturday, we have plenty of local juniors in the squad and have started the season fairly well, hopefully the boys can keep it up."
 
Away from his Wakehurst duties, Benjamin is a long serving cameraman with Channel 9.
 
His work has seen him cover multiple Olympic Games, witness the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as well as numerous assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
"We don't have many dull moments, that is for sure,'' he said.
 
"I have been very fortunate to travel the world doing what I love.
 
"Before living in Australia I spent time working in Los Angeles and London.
 
"I love being hands on and making a difference, as long as Wakehurst want me on the scene helping out, I will be."