The Shoalhaven sporting community is in mourning with the news star local footballer Corey "Chook" Bain has passed away.
One of the most talented and deadliest strikers to grace local fields passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 26 surrounded by family and friends, aged 38.
Bain was also extremely well-known for his fight against the debilitating disease cystic fibrosis (CF) which he fought against for most of his life.
He was diagnosed with CF when he was six-years-old.
CF is a genetic disease that affects a number of organs in the body (especially the lungs and pancreas) by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus.
He far outlived his doctors' expectations, who said he would be lucky to live to be 10 years of age.
In September 2010, aged 29, he underwent a double lung transplant and it served him well until about 2013 where he began the process of waiting for a second transplant.
He was one of the fastest people I have ever seen over 20 metres. Pretty incredible when you consider he was doing it all with cystic fibrosis.South Coast Register journalist Robert Crawford
His hope was to return to work and sport but unfortunately in the final stages of a 12-month work up for his second transplant doctors detected an aggressive tumour in his bladder.
Doctors tried to remove the tumour but unfortunately it had already penetrated the bladder wall and would require major surgery and chemotherapy to treat.
Bain wouldn't survive any major surgery due to his lung capacity - his was 20 per cent as opposed to 80 per cent and greater for a healthy person and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre.
His fiancee Tiffany Nicholson said he was an incredible person.
"He fought to the very end, and just passed away peacefully," she said.
"I was just so proud of him."
Chook was an extremely a well-known character around Shoalhaven sporting circles, particularly football.
The diminutive star was a gun striker for both the Sussex Inlet Seahawks and the Culburra Cougars for many years, providing plenty of headaches for opposition defenders.
He dominated, claiming the Golden Boot award for the most goals in first grade three years in a row 2004, '05, '06.
It was amazing to watch this speed demon (and he was one of the fastest people I have seen in any sport over 20 metres) in action and he had a knack to "sniff out" a goal.
You could see him on the field undertake a breathtakingly fast sprint to gain possession or slot a goal and then he would be almost doubled up, sucking in the big ones, trying to get his breath back.
If you didn't know about his condition, you could easily have thought he was just unfit. But it was the CF.
For many years he kept his condition secret, not wanting sympathy or special treatment - he just got on with life.
Anyone who knew Chook knew he was very competitive and could sometimes be an angry little ant on the sporting field, but someone who would do anything for a mate.
Long-time friend and Sussex teammate Ben Whipp remembers an extremely talented sportsman, and a great team man who was always willing to help out younger players.
"I played football with him for as long as I can remember. All my senior football was with him, apart from the times he was at Culburra and even then we were opponents, " he said.
As fierce a competitor as I've ever met - it didn't matter what sport he played. He always wanted to be best if not being the best. Yep he could be cranky and aggressive on the field - he probably got as many yellow cards as he did goals.Long-time friend and Sussex teammate Ben Whipp
"It's hard to know where to start with Chook? There is so much to say.
"As fierce a competitor as I've ever met - it didn't matter what sport he played. He always wanted to be best if not being the best.
"A leader. He was always there for all the younger guys. He always took them under his wing.
"A great bloke who would look out for everyone."
He said his death was devastating and had "shocked Sussex and the Shoalhaven".
"There wasn't a sport in Sussex he didn't dominate - he played everything - cricket, footy, lawns bowls, touch, golf and he was the best at them all," he said.
"He was extremely quick - he would even beat people in running races in his tree lopping gear.
"He could sniff out a goal but was also one of the better goalkeepers who played - no matter what position he was a great player.
"Yep he could be cranky and aggressive on the field - he probably got as many yellow cards as he did goals."
Just last November a special "Roasting" fundraising evening was held in his honour at the Sussex Inlet Bowling Club, with friends and family coming to his aid to raise some much-needed funds.
The event was even open to his "foes", namely those he terrorised on the football, cricket and touch fields, and many attended to give a little back to the "little pest" who had run amok for so many years.
Chook's funeral service will be held at the Sussex Inlet RSL on Friday, November 8 at 2pm.
People are encouraged to wear a touch of green and blue, as per Corey's request.
if anyone would like to pay tribute to Corey on the day contact Tiffany on 0412 923848.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be collected for cystic fibrosis.
Rest in Peace Chook!