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Community leader wins top Apex award

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: National Apexian of the Year Tyson Campbell with national president Moses Abraham. Tyson holds Dunk, the Roma Apex Club travelling baton, which was made by Tyson's mum, Debbie Campbell.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: National Apexian of the Year Tyson Campbell with national president Moses Abraham. Tyson holds Dunk, the Roma Apex Club travelling baton, which was made by Tyson's mum, Debbie Campbell. Contributed

APEX clubs across the world give back to communities in a variety of ways under the motto of Building Better Communities.

For Tyson Campbell, 30, that means upholding the ideals of the Apex association and being an active part of the community.

Mr Campbell is a familiar face around town. A chippie by trade, chief steward of the poultry section for the Roma Show Society, a percussionist in Maranoa Music Inc, and now, National Apexian of the Year.

He said he was both honoured and humbled to receive the award.

"It was pretty good to have all the people I look up to in Apex congratulate me.

"You don't do it for the recognition but it's pretty cool to see that what you're doing is getting recognised,” he said.

Mr Campbell joined Apex nine years ago and, after stints in Rockhampton and Mount Isa, he returned to his hometown of Roma with his wife, Jessica.

"When I heard Roma Apex was in trouble, I got to work building up the club from having $800 in the bank to turning over $40,000 since August 2014.”

In the past three years Mr Campbell has acted as president, secretary and now treasurer of the Roma club.

He travelled to New Zealand last year for the Apex Exchange trip, and was nominated as the Roma Apexian of the Year.

"I grew up seeing the yellow shirts at every merry-go-round and jumping castle around town. I've moved back to raise a family in this town and if I didn't do something it would have folded,” he said.

"Apex has opened many doors for me, I've met many lifelong friends and learned many skills. If you're looking to be a part of a great social club, Apex Roma is the club to join.”

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