His life was built around sport and he took that passion to extraordinary heights.
That determination, passion and love for sport has lead to his name being nominated for the NRL hall of fame.
Geoff Prenter has been a staple in sports writing since he began his media career the late 50s. His passion began like many others, playing the games that he loved.
"I played all sports at school," Mr Prenter said.
"I don't think there's a sport I didn't have a go at. I didn't have the skill or the aptitude to go to the heights I would have liked. I did pretty well in tennis getting into a junior Davis Cup squad.
"When I realised I couldn't play sport for Australia, I took the next best option and that was to write about sport in Australia."
Immersing himself in his passion, Mr Prenter set out to surround himself and his future in covering sports.
"I applied for a job as a copy boy in 1959 at the Daily Telegraph," Mr Prenter said.
"I then did a cadetship. I got my way into sport and wrote soccer stories for five years. I was then head hunted by The Sun Newspaper.
"In 1970 I started my own newspaper Rugby League Week. I did that till 1981. I returned to The Sun until its closure then I went out on my own."
Mr Prenter went on to become the first full-time sponsorship manager with the ING Foundation, have the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs change their name from the Berries to the Bulldogs, and also introduced football trading cards into bubblegum packets across Australia.
"I thought the Berries was a pansy name for a football team," Mr Prenter said.
"At the time they had a CEO called Peter Moore who looked very much like a bulldog. That didn't go over too well at first. It took about 12 months for the name change.
"After all this I worked 14 years in the non-for-profit industry and worked for three different charities."
Mr Prenter also worked at the Southern Highland News. After everything he accomplished, joining the Highland team in 2017 gave him back the gift that started it all.
"I got to write again," Mr Prenter said.
"Being able to put pen to paper again, I really enjoyed it."
Being nominated for the NRL hall of fame is an honour, but past achievements still hold weight to Mr Prenter.
"I think being responsible for the first ever sponsorship of a sporting team in Australia, I think that's a pretty good achievement," he said.
"Getting a football team to change their name from the Berries to the Bulldogs wasn't a bad achievement either.
"In cricket I brought in the bonus point. Also playing at boutique grounds such as North Sydney Oval. I achieved a lot in cricket.
Mr Prenter has been nominated along with 13 other media identities.
The hall of fame nominations are as follows.
Print media nominees
- Claude Corbett
- Jack Reardon
- Ian Heads
- Geoff Prenter
- Laurie Kearney
- Gary Lester
- Roy Masters
- Peter Frilingos
- John O'Gready
Broadcast media nominees
- Frank Hyde
- Ray Warren
- Rex Mossop
- George Lovejoy
- David Morrow
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at Carriageworks in Redfern on Wednesday, August 14.