Central Burnett sport loses a champion

The small Central Burnett township of Mundubbera is in mourning after the loss of former player, coach and sport administrator Dan “Danny” Whelan who passed away on Saturday.

A great competitor in both rugby league and cricket, Dan made a significant impact off the field as Chairman of the Central Burnett Rugby League.  Each year, he would strive for a rugby league competition within the district.

Dan held an executive position on the league for 15 years and with strong support from his wife Faye, a North Burnett Regional Councillor, and long serving Secretary/Treasurer Mary Nelson, was able to achieve great things for his much loved community.

A strong-willed and good-humoured man, Dan was also well known in the horse racing fraternity throughout country Queensland as a bookmaker, making annual trips to the Birdsville races despite being burdened by ill health.

There is no doubt the sporting and general public of the Burnett and Wide Bay districts will miss this great servant and supporter of sport, in particular our great game of rugby league.

Dan is survived by his wife Faye, children Andrea, Justin and Shannon and seven grandchildren.

Danny Whelan’s Funeral service will be held this Friday, January 29, in the Mundubbera Shire Hall at 4pm.