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Mick Parslow OAM: it’s an honour to serve


Catholic Outlook July 2014: Mick Parslow OAM Story
Mick and Jan Parslow: “Our children and grandchildren give us both great joy.”

By Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook July 2014

In this year’s Australia Day Honours, Michael (Mick) Parslow of St Madeleine Sophie Barat Parish at Kenthurst was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his service to tennis.

The medal is another addition to a list of awards that includes the NSW Sports Federation Award in 2013 and the Newcombe Medal – a Tennis Australia Award For Services to the Game in Australia, in 2012.

These awards recognise Mick’s outstanding contribution and devotion to the game of tennis, which began during his childhood growing up in Forbes in the 1950s. Mick was educated at Red Bend Marist Brothers College in Forbes.

As a member of the St Madeline's team, Mick has been a Financial Adviser for the parish for the past 25 years; from its inception in 1988 to the current project to build a new church.

Catholic Outlook July 2014: Mick Parslow OAM Story
Mick Parslow and his wife, Jan.
Photo: Virginia Knight.

“Receiving the OAM was a humbling experience,” Mick said.

“Many people who work in sport and parish life make an enormous contribution and do an equal amount to what I do. My wife, Jan, has always been very supportive of everything I have done.”

Jan said Mick never looked for recognition. “But he is always there.”

Mick became interested in tennis around the age of 13. As a junior he began playing in country championships and continued for about 10 years until his mid-20s.

By then he had left Forbes and moved to Sydney where after a brief stint in banking, he had settled into a career as a chartered accountant.

“I moved from banking and started studying accounting when I was 19. I have worked as a Practising Chartered Accountant since then. I am officially retired now, but I still work part time,” he said.

Settled in the Blacktown area he joined the local tennis committee in 1960 at the age of 20. He married Jan in 1967 and a few years later moved to Castle Hill, where after a time he became involved in the Finance Committee of that parish.

Mick and Jan yearned for a bit of space and in 1975 moved from Castle Hill to Glenhaven where they built a tennis court and soon became involved in organising the junior tennis tournaments for the Hills District competition committee. Later Mick became treasurer and president of this association.

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