He might be ‘bad and mean’ when he’s out on the field but Queanbeyan’s Tony Wood always has time to give back to his community.

Better known as Victor the Viking, Wood is among the long list of locals honoured with an Order of Australia this Australia Day.

Working as the Raiders friendly mascot since 1983, Wood has been recognised for his service to Rugby League as well as his contribution to the local community.

Outside of his work with the Raiders, Wood is also a committee member and fundraiser for Respite Care for QBN as well as the Queanbeyan Children’s Special Needs Group.

An emotional Wood said it was an honour to have even been nominated and has struggled to put into words how he has felt to receive the award.

“When people think of you so highly, but you don’t regard yourself as a high man, I’m very proud, that’s all I can say.”

“The Canberra and Queanbeyan community is a great community to be in and to be recognised by the community is just very satisfying.”


More than 20 other locals across the region have also been recognised for their efforts across the community.

They include Canberra Airport’s Stephen Byron, ANU Doctor Jill Guthrie and media broadcaster Genevieve Jacobs.