From a family farm in Clare, Nick Chigwidden and his older brother Andrew played at the North Clare Roosters during a successful era in the late 1970s and early 80s
Chigwidden would go on to captain the Glenelg Football Club for a record eight years, win four club best and fairest awards and was runner-up in the Magarey Medal twice (in 1994 and 1996).
He would also play for his state, in the SANFL famous tri-coloured red, blue and gold across a 293-SANFL game career.
Interestingly he credits a couple of his junior coaches at the Roosters, Tim Barrister and Jeff Clothier, as key mentors in his early football life, teaching him the skills of the game.
“My brother, Andrew was the same size as me and is about four years older. He played as a rover and forward,” Nick Chigwidden explained.
“The family actually moved to a sheep station in Wentworth on the NSW border and Andrew went up there and played in the Sunraysia competition.
“After finishing the year in North I went down and became a border at Sacred Heart College.”
Chigwidden played in the Roosters Junior Colts premierships of 1978, ‘79 and ‘81. He also enjoyed senior Colts success on Grand Final day in 1981 as well, securing two titles in a day.
Older brother Andrew played in a junior Colts Flag, a couple of senior colts titles and in 1981, an A Grade flag on the same day as his brother’s dual success.
Nick would go on to play Sacred Heart first XVIII football and captain his College.
He played in the annual intercollegiate games against Assumption College against the likes of Billy Brownless and alongside Damian Kitschke.
“I think we lost both games,” Nick Chigwidden explained.
“I reckon the first one was by just over a goal and the second one was by three points in those annual matches against Assumption College.
“At Sacred Heart, a brother Dennis Wright, who was a handy athlete himself, was an important mentor as well.
“Because my parents were living at Wentworth and it wasn’t zoned to any SANFL club, after playing in the under 15 State Team Tim Rugless’s father Colin got me out to Glenelg.
“I played a little Under 17s and 19s, making my SANFL debut against Central District in ‘87 standing Scott Lee. He certainly made sure I didn’t get any easy possessions, but Alan Stringer looked out for me.
“One of my very early games was the great Peter “Super” Carey’s 400th, which was an amazing experience playing in front of 15,000.
“In those early days I played alongside Chris McDermott, Tony Symonds, David Marshall, Ross Gibbs and the Stringer brothers, Alan and Wayne, in some pretty good teams.
“I was actually drafted by the Swans in 88 and on that list for four years but never really had any intention of going.
“I played in three SANFL Grand Finals 1988, ‘90 and ‘92 sadly losing all of them to Port Adelaide.”
After a long and distinguished career as a player he spent a little time at the Power as an assistant coach to David Noble before going on the board.
In 2005 Chigwidden was inducted into the Glenelg Football Club Hall of Fame and has been president of the Club since 2012.
Along with his wife Kath, they run a company called Physio Extra which includes home care and aged care divisions with upwards of 400 staff.
Kath has been involved with the Contax netball club, the Thunderbirds and currently the English National team.
They have three children two daughters Laura (21) and Sarah (19) and a son Joey (13) who is in Year 8 at Sacred Heart.