Whilst AGM season can be focused on committees, elections and season reviews, one of the nicest parts of our game is the chance to celebrate and honour those that gone above and beyond in service of our game. This year we saw this ultimate accolade bestowed upon two of NSW Juniors finest servants. At their AGM on Saturday morning NSW Country Juniors awarded Life Membership to the late John Hamilton and later that day NSW Juniors awarded Kerry Brady Life Membership. Both were worth recipients and much deserved for their services to the junior game in our state.
At the NSW Country Juniors AGM on Saturday 23rd Nov'19, the Committee and all Zone delegates voted unanimously to award the late John Hamilton a Life Membership of NSW Country Junior Rugby Union.
John was a passionate rugby man and a real advocate of juniors and their access to pathways. Having been a past President of NSW Country Juniors and having held many other roles within Country Juniors as a coach or manager - John represented the true spirit of what Country Rugby means to the bush.
John had also held roles as Vice President of NSW Junior Rugby Union as well as VP Representative.
Unfortunately John lost his battle to melonoma only two weeks prior to being honoured with this award. The entire NSW Junior Rugby community has a lot to thank John for - his years of service has left the game in a much better state for his efforts. I know I speak for us all in congratulating John and his family on this much deserved award.
He was a true rugby man and will be missed.
At the NSW Juniors AGM on Saturday 23rd November 2019, the Committee, Zones and Districts voted unanimously to award Kerry Brady a Life Membership of NSW Junior Rugby Union.
As the nomination said - Kerry has been a long standing servant of NSW Junior Rugby holding positions across all committee levels. She is of good and upstanding character and we think a worthy nomination.
Kerry’s roles on the NSWJRU Board include but not withstanding
She has also served as the competition manager for our affiliate Sydney Junior Rugby Union and her present role as Shute Shield Competition manager. There are also many other roles within clubland that Kerry has held over the years – such as Rugby Manager at Eastern Suburbs 2007-2012.
During this time Kerry has shown a great passion for junior rugby and her knowledge is second to none with regard to running our large events such as State Championships and other Representative fixtures.
Kerry has been an integral part of helping define the competition space and her stewardship has helped steer the competitions and pathways to the much stronger position that it enjoys today.Over this time we have seen such things as the Sydney competitions move from Zone to whole of Sydney / Graded competitions. The National Representative pathways have changed many times over this period but we have always maintained a vibrant NSWJRU Pathway.
We congratulate Kerry on this award and can think of no-one more deserving.
As a testament to Kerry’s achievements - in 2013 she also won the ARU Nick Farr Jones Spirit of Rugby Award.
Here is a quote from Waratah's media on 24th October 2013.