Long-time Bayswater City President Gerry Maio passed away following a lengthy battle with illness on 13th August 2021. A highly-respected member of the Western Australian football community, Gerry served Bayswater loyally for 47 years and was last week honoured with the Frank Drago Reserve grand stand being named the ‘Gerry Maio Stand’.
Born in the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria, Gerry was only 6 years of age when his family migrated to Western Australia where as a young man he played WAFL for West Perth. When his sons, Rocco and Adrian, began playing the world game in the early 1970s Gerry took up a junior coaching role at Morley Windmills and later Bayswater.
Over the decades that followed Gerry devoted his time to Bayswater, serving as coach, groundsman, cook, committee member and, since 2005, President. The crowning achievement of his presidency was Bayswaters’ dominance of the local competition that saw them scoop four Premier League titles, two State Cups and four Night Series crowns between 2013 and 2017.
An active member of the local community, Gerry’s efforts were recognised in 2015 when the City of Bayswater named him their Citizen of the Year. At club level Bayswater have presented the ‘Gerry Maio Clubman Award’ annually since 2011 to the person who has made a significant contribution to the club.