The Members and supporters of the EBFC are extremely saddened by the passing of life member and 200 game player Andrew ‘Sid’ James.

Sid recently was a attendee and joint presenter at our sponsors- life members dinner where along with his great mate Kevin Ferguson delivered an inspirational story of their ‘Ironman’ exploits.

“I feel very privileged to have met such an extraordinary man. Condolences to your family Sid, rest in peace mate.” Crissina Littlely

As 1993 began, the local community focus was on the first Victor Harbor Triathlon to be staged at the end of January. It was, so the race coordinator Sid James stated in the local press, ‘an event that has received excellent support from the community in terms of competitors and sponsors and looks destined to become an annual event’. Andrew ‘Sid’ James by this time was already something of a legend at the Encounter Bay footy club. He had commenced playing senior footy in 1974, and, in a career plagued with injuries, took until 1982 to play his 100th game; he received his 250-game badge and Life Membership in 1991.

Very vocal on the field, he also threw himself enthusiastically into all club affairs and could often be seen helping out at junior practices. He was a real comedian, always remembered for his role as a riotous reverend in a mock wedding at a club social function. He had played in the Reserves premiership in 1984 with his brother Michael – another great club man who still helps out on the committee, on the support staff and behind the bar – and in a second premiership in 1989.

And then, a few months after this highly successful initial triathlon, Sid was training locally when he fell from his bike, breaking his neck in the fall. The resultant quadriplegia saw him spend the next year in hospital and rehabilitation, but, with his typical resolve and determination he revived the event just two years later. The Victor Harbor Triathlon is now an event firmly etched on the South Australian athletic calendar, which annually attracts over 1,000 competitors. It is still organised and directed by the irrepressible Sid, who has completed qualifications in Business Management, Sport, and Event and Recreational Management to enable the event to be run as efficiently as possible, and has himself collected numerous awards for his achievements.

“Had a huge amount of time for Sid. One of the best and courage of a lion. A great sense of humour, sadly a Power supporter. Used to bring him a supply of Dudley wines Shearing shed red !! He would yell from outside the office to be let in and then spend an hour hitting me up for sponsorship !!! Sadly missed but now free as a bird” Michael Pengilly

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