Stephen Parle awarded ASSRL Life Membership

LIFE MEMBERSHIP CITATION

STEPHEN PARLE 

Stephen Parle has been involved in Rugby League in schools since 1974, when he started coaching teams at St Anthony’s Primary School. When he moved to Christian Brothers Secondary College in 1977, he continued coaching boys with great success, at all times imparting in them not only the skills of the game but also the strong set of values that Stephen wanted to impart to them. He continued in this hands-on capacity after his move to the Cathedral College, and has remained as coach every year since.

In 1983, Stephen started to move into the administrative area of the game at schoolboys level, being elected as President of Rockhampton Schoolboys Rugby League, a position he has held to this day. Stephen’s skills and leadership were clearly in evidence, and this led him to become the President of Queensland Secondary Schools Rugby League, a position he has also held every year since. In this role he has shown great foresight and vision, carefully analysing the needs of QSSRL and planning to address. He has worked productively with a wide variety of divergent characters to ensure that QSSRL has become the successful body that it is today.

As President of QSSRL, Stephen became delegate to ASSRL Council in 1994. As delegate, he has not only been an influential advocate for his own association, but has always been aware of the big picture, and conscious of making decisions that will most benefit Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League. He has combined his clear mind and level headed approach with his outstanding skills of rhetoric to advance debate and discussion in Council as a significant contributor to debate. Stephen experience, commonsense and witty sense of humour are all appreciated by other Council members.

An enduring memory of Stephen’s contribution to ASSRL came when QSSRL hosted the 15 Years Championships in Rockhampton in 2005. It’s typical of the man that he made significant contributions to the organisation as a leader, including a fine welcome speech as a besuited President, ran around every day doing all manner of tasks that needed doing, and was the first man at the ground each morning to mow and mark the field. This breadth of contribution typifies Stephen’s efforts at all levels of schoolboy Rugby league.

Stephen has also made long standing contributions to the game more broadly in Rockhampton in the local competition. The measure of the esteem in which he is held is the fact that he is also a Life Member of Rockhampton Brothers Rugby League, Queensland Secondary Schools Rugby League, and Queensland School Sport.

Stephen Parle’s energetic, effective and sustained contributions to schoolboy Rugby league and Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League make him a most worthy recipient of the award of Life Member, Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League.

 




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