Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League
Honorary Life Membership Citation
Arthur Lovell OAM
The Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, since its inception, has had a major commitment to the support of young people in Junior Rugby League
Under Arthur Lovell’s leadership, as Chairman of the Board, a partnership with the Primary and Secondary Schools in Wynnum and Manly was evolved. This partnership was so much appreciated by schools that they joined with the Club to promote a conference inviting schools and clubs from a wide area of Brisbane to examine the Bayside model and explore the mutual benefits of such a partnership. As a result, schools and clubs in other suburbs formed working parties to explore further the possibility of bringing sport and and young people together. For this outstanding service Arthur was recognised by the Australian Government, being awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his vision, leadership and actions in support of young people and junior sport
In 1994 an U15 Test Match between Queensland SSRL and New South Wales CHS, was supported by Arthur, as Chairman, to have the game hosted at Kougari Oval. Thus began the Club's involvement in representative school rugby league. Arthur felt that it was an honour for the Club to host such events and strongly believed that during the time of these events, the privileges of membership be extended to players, their parents and officials. He was convinced that such high standard sporting events provided local students with excellent role models to which they could aspire.
From that event onward hospitality became a key ingredient to ensure that socially such events were to be remembered nationally and even internationally. Arthur made available the resources of the Club, from buses to the services of Roy Wyatt, the Club's Sport Development Manager, to both the Australian Schoolboys and their international opponents
He made the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club the Brisbane centre for schoolboy representative rugby league by boldly accepting the hosting of Test Matches, when, in those earlier times, other Brisbane Clubs backed off because of the considerable upfront costs involved. As Arthur would say "It's what we do". The benefits, though not always easily seen on the surface, are deep and lasting.
In 1997 Authur encouraged board member, Stan Plath, the Wynnum-Manly development officer, Roy Wyatt and QSSRL member, Dave Seeley, to visit Port Macquarie, to observe a Test match between the Australian Schoolboys and the Young British Lions (BARLA). The Wynnum-Manly officials were impressed with what they witnessed and from that day forward made Kougari Oval and the Wynnum-Manly Club the preferred venue in Queensland and Australia for elite international schoolboy rugby league.
The Wynnum-Manly Club has hosted more Schoolboy Rugby League Australian Championships than any other venue in Australia. These are massive undertakings with all Australian States represented, with six consecutive days of games and many logistical challenges.
Arthur was very proud when the ASSRL declared Wynnum-Manly Leagues Club the home of Australian Secondary School Rugby League - and with his usual energy went about making the Club worthy of such an honour. Hence the magnificent trophy that will grace future contests between the Australian Schoolboy teams and teams from around the globe which now adorns the foyer of the club.
Arthur, through his leadership of the Board, made Wynnum Manly the bench mark for other clubs to aspire to in the realm of schoolboy rugby league. When Arthur decides on a plan of action, he leads the way and takes others with him.Through his efforts he has helped promote the image of Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League internationally through the generous hosting of test matches and Australian Championships. Arthur Lovell is a most worthy and deserved recipient of Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Council.
Last Modified on 02/12/2012 12:27