Gold Coast Rugby League suffered a major blow recently with the decision of stalwart local administrator Gary Phillips to “hang up his boots”.
After almost nine years of commitment to the game on the Coast, plus a life-long devotion to the sport, Phillips will resign from his QRL Manager position on December 9. He is still to finalise a firm plan for the future, but did admit he would be open to a continuing role in the game if something suitable was to become available, particularly with family ties also Brisbane.
In his time with the Gold Coast Rugby League Phillips witnessed first hand the growing professionalism of the sport and the increased demands on the employees, but in particular the volunteers working to sustain the grassroots levels of the game.
There have been improvements put into place for the Gold Coast although Phillips recognises that many challenges still lie ahead. That is his only disappointment, knowing that he will now track this progress from afar and not be driving the process to the desired outcomes.
“Gary’s departure from this role is a genuine loss for the region. Throughout this time Gary has shown the depth of his character at all times and never shied away from any challenge these roles tend to throw at you,” SEQ Division Chairman Brad Tallon said.
“Working in sport is an onerous out of normal office hours’ commitment and Gary excelled at every aspect”.
Phillips was humble when voicing his thoughts on finishing up with the Gold Coast Rugby League.
“It is with trepidation that I move into the next stage of my life however I take with me a wealth of wonderful memories and lifelong friendships for which I am extremely grateful. Rugby league has had an immense impact on my life and I am thankful for the opportunity to have met so many wonderful people along the journey,” Phillips said.
“I wish to thank my wife Kerry and my amazing children for the support offered me throughout my career but particular over the past 12 months.”
“I look forward to watching the game grow and wish all current and future participants the very best of luck.”
The Queensland Rugby League wishes Gary a healthy happy future.