Mr Baba Sourjah
Life member 2017
Baba Sourjah, or Mr Baba to most of us, is one of those people whose mere presence can change the culture of a club.
Many Souths players, supporters and parents over many years have been influenced by Mr Baba at some point or another.
The introduction to the club where you learn to dress appropriately, to the work ethic you are encouraged to devote yourself to, all breeds a class of player, and a character of person any club would like to have play for them.
Mr Baba came to South Brisbane District Cricket Club in 1997 as a hired coach and has stayed long after his paid position ended almost a decade ago.
Mr Baba has served at times on the Management committee, Selection panels, Canteen committee, cleaning, managing teams, not to mention endless hours of volunteer coaching he has performed with players.
The highlight of Baba’s time coaching was training the First Grade team to a Premiership in 2001. Recently, Baba coached and managed the Second Grade team.
Baba’s Sri Lankan origins has led him to introduce many youngsters, and older players alike, to his country of origin via Moreton Cricket Tours, providing a cricket and cultural experience in Sri Lanka for many hundreds of people over a decade.
Baba’s other achievements include coaching Bhutan as its National Cricket Coach and founding a Sri Lankan radio show from its early days on Brisbane radio.
It is not often a person’s character provides such an influence on the characters of people. Someone who is not afraid to give an honest opinion, not afraid to call out a player for being less than committed, not afraid to ask someone to meet the values of the club in the way they carry themselves.
It takes a strong will and purpose to achieve so much. This is our Mr Baba and we congratulate him on being awarded Life Membership.