First woman takes top job
LIZ Henry is a woman for a crisis and answered the call when there were fears the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League would go into recess for lack of a president.
Last season, the position was not filled and vice president David Landers, of Tenterfield, chaired the meetings.
Henry is the first woman to hold the position and is delighted with the support she has received so far.
“Greg Carey (Cowboys) got up at the Toowoomba Rugby League (TRL) meeting to congratulate me,” Henry said.
The position of president has been a problem for the league due to a Queensland Rugby League rule which states the president must not be a club coach or club executive member.
Henry said the president of the league had to be at any judiciary hearings and it was seen as a conflict of interest if they were a club official.
“We don’t have a lot of judiciary hearings in our league, Warwick and District is pretty lucky with the overall behaviour,” she said.
At the AGM, Henry put her hand up to lead the league.
“No one talked me into it, it was get a president or close down,” she said.
“One option if we didn’t have a president was to be taken over by Toowoomba (juniors),” she said.
As the mother of three footballing boys, she wasn’t about to see her youngest son miss his final two seasons of footy.
She has been involved with Wattles since son Jordan started in the under-12 grade in 2003.
Middle son Joshua played his final junior league for Wattles this season and will go up to the Wattles U18 side in 2011.
The baby of the family, Thomas, goes into the Wattles U16 team next season.
She has executive experience at Wattles after being treasurer for three years and secretary for two years.
Henry sees it as a natural progression to move from the executive of a club to the league.
Now she is in the job, Henry has already been to TRL and South West juniors AGMs and is keen to find out more about how Warwick and District fits into Central division.
“Actually I am looking forward to the job, it is a good challenge,” she said.
While she isn’t about to talk about how long she may stay in the chair, Henry isn’t necessarily going to walk away from the juniors when her youngest son graduates to the seniors.
“I want to be involved, absolutely. People don’t have to have children playing to be on the executive of the league or a club.”