Photo: Action from an IJRL match between Norths and Brothers.

The Ipswich Junior Rugby League (IJRL) elected David Nugent as its new Chairman at its recent 2016 elections for office bearers. 

Having received notice from Terry McGarrigal who decided to not stand again as Chairman, 2015 League Secretary David Nugent decided to nominate as Chairman of one of Queensland’s fastest growing rugby league nurseries. 

David previously held the post from 2011 to 2013 and has served on the executive committee for the past nine seasons consecutively.

David started volunteering for rugby league via the then QRL Southern Division in 2002 as its Honorary Finance Director and then took on the role of IJRL Treasurer in March 2007. 

He was then elected unopposed as IJRL Chairman in July 2011 following the mid-term resignation of predecessor Brendan Bowers and held the position to November 2013.

“I had a lot on my plate personally back in late 2013 with work commitments so I handed the reins to Terry and took a back seat role of Secretary to stay involved,” David said.

“I enjoyed my time as Secretary and worked with Terry and the rest of our committee to continue to foster rugby league in this area.  With the excitement created by the Jets in recent times we are expecting a lot of kids to be interested in rugby league like never before in 2016 and I believe we are in a good place right now to advance our position as the winter sport of choice for families. 

“We continue to be the cheapest of all the football codes in the area for kids to play.

“There will continue to be areas we need to improve and one area my new committee and I will focus on is our administration.  We have a full time team offering support but not used to their full capability. 

“We need to get 100 percent out of this side of our operation to support those who volunteer at our clubs tirelessly through long seasons.  I also want to support our coaches more and support them while they bring our children through their systems to be better players and better people as well. 

“They have a pivotal role in some of these young people’s lives so they need to be at their best with relationships and people management obviously.  Whatever support we can offer in that area we will.”

David will be ably assisted again by Samantha Chandler who returns for her second season as Treasurer and they will both be joined by Craig Stephensen as Secretary for the forthcoming season.