Vale Don Jowett OAM
It is with deep sadness that to advise of the sudden passing of our great friend and colleague, Don Jowett OAM. Don passed away in his sleep last Wednesday after a short illness.
Don had a long and distinguished career in business and sport, both as a competitor and administrator As an athlete he won the 1954 Vancouver Commonwealth Games Gold Medal for his native New Zealand in the 220 yards and silver in the 440 yards. In 1950 while still a Junior he won an Auckland Commonwealth Games bronze medal. He was New Zealand sprint champion and medalist on numerous occasions over a number of distances. Don was also a winger in the Otago (New Zealand) Rugby Union team which won the Ranfurly Shield in 1957
He was a Life Member of Athletics Australia, Queensland Athletics, Thompson Estate-Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club and of the Queensland Rugby Union. Don was Treasurer of the Queensland Rugby Union for 13 years and of Queensland Athletics also for 13 years He was the Track Referee for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, Assistant Track Referee for the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games and Chairman of the Jury for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Track Referee at numerous National and State Championships. He was a successful senior coach in Athletics and Rugby Union and a founder member of the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association. Don also refereed a number of International Rugby matches involving Queensland and Overseas touring teams.
He was the foundation President of the Brisbane Athletics Officials Club and honorary Auditor for the Oceania Athletics Association and honorary auditor of numerous sporting clubs.
He will be sadly missed by his wide circle of friends and colleagues.
Don is survived by his wife, Wendy, two daughters and a son, his grandchildren as well as a brother and sister.
The funeral for Don Jowett will be held at:
St Marks Anglican Church
Friday 29th July at 1:00pm
No flowers by request of the family.
Donations may be made to the Australian Lung Foundation.
Joyce Bonwick OAM
Joyce Bonwick OAM passed awayin June at the age of 96 was a significant figure in the history of Queensland Athletics.
A Life Governor of Athletics Australia and a Life member of Queensland Athletics and the Thompson Estate Eastern Suburbs Club,
In which her late husband Albert was also a prominent figure and their daughters Helen and Marie both members, Joyce served for over 20 years as the Honorary Secretary of the Queensland Women's Amateur Athletics Association prior to the amalgamation of the Women's and Men's Associations in 1983 to form the present day Queensland Athletics.
Joyce was a familiar figure at the Downey Park venue for women's athletics and later when athletics moved to QEII Stadium (now QSAC).
She managed many Queensland teams to Australian Championships over the years and was a delegate to Australian Women's Amateur Athletics Association conferences as well as playing a prominent role in women's sport generally in Queensland.
Joyce was a regular Competition Official and Track Referee at National, State and Queensland Country championships, club events both Track & Field and Cross Country and was an Official at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games. Many former club athletes will remember her constant exhortations to "Tuck your shirts in!"
As well as her long and outstanding service to Athletics, Joyce was for many years the Secretary of the Queensland Division of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.
A good sportswoman in her younger days, Joyce had the distinction of representing Australia in 1934 in a women's cricket Test Match against England.
Joyce's passing follows a few short months after that of her former colleague and QWAAA President, Stella McMinn AM at the age of 93.
Ipswich Winter Carnival
The carnival is great fun has electronic timing and is a great hit out before the major school season. There are also pro races with prize money up for grabs.
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