On his 95th birthday Frank Capriotti was honoured by the Mt Gambier Italo Australian Club, by having the bocce lanes named after him.
Already a Bocce Australia and club hall of famer for his services to the sport of bocce, Mr Capriotti now has the bocce courts at the club named in his honour.
The surprise presentation organised by Rocco Buetti, also included the showing of a video link message from Bocce Australia president Frank Funari and the many players from around the country.
The announcement was a surprise to Mr Capriotti who said he never expected anything for his involvement in the sport he loves.
The honours came after Mr Capriotti’s service to the game of raffa bocce, a European version of the game played around the globe, which he promoted in Australia, and which ultimately led to the formalisation of the sport with a documented structure and competition program.
“I never expected it,” Mr Capriotti said of the award.
“I was really surprised when they did this. I am happy because I was recognised for doing the job, but I do it because
I enjoy the game. This award means a lot to me.”
Mr Capriotti has been playing bocce since he was young, back in his native Italy. He said he enjoys playing the sport for the social aspect.
A special bocce competition was held at the club with many local players. Players from Adelaide also joined, led by SA Bocce President Mirella Mancini, along with family and friends from surrounding districts that had travelled to Mt Gamier to share and enjoy the special day.