Gwen Fox is one of YWCA Queensland’s 125 leading women

Gwen Fox is a YWCA
Gwen Fox is a YWCA "Leading Woman" in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

HUMBLED and honoured - and still a little shocked - was how Rockhampton's Gwen Fox was feeling after being listed as one of YWCA Queensland's 125 leading women. 

"I had no idea I'd even been nominated and when I was told I was selected as one of the 125 amidst such high achieving women - I was humbled and honoured," Gwen said. 

"I've always just gone along doing what I do," Gwen added. 

What Gwen has done, and still does, is dedicate countless hours trying to create opportunities and pathways for young girls in football.

Her tireless work developing women's football in Rockhampton plus her service on many football boards throughout the state saw her included on a recently announced list featuring the likes of Governor General Quentin Bryce, former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Cathy Freeman, Jessica Watson, Tanja Major and Merle Thornton.

 Gwen said she first became involved in women's football in 1972, when her sons Paul and David started playing for Bluebirds. 

She became administrator there, and witnessed the limited opportunities to progress and develop in the sport, particularly for young women. 

Despite having never played football, Gwen fell in love with helping others achieve their dreams playing the sport.

 Under Gwen's leadership, two generations have experienced opportunities and success in regional and national competition. 

She introduced the women's league and women's pathways to sports administration, coaching, officiating and high playing opportunities, and has served on many local boards, as well as the Womens Soccer Queensland board for 16 years.

While Gwen had opportunities to go out and find paid employment, she said her passion and love of helping others was too strong, and she stayed in voluntary work with the support of her partner and sons.

"Do you think I'm crazy," she quipped. 

Still going strong, the life member of Bluebirds and Football Queensland and Gwen said she planned to help out in the football community for as long as her health permitted and as long as she was "wanted".

"I enjoy sitting back a bit more now and watching other people help the youngsters develop knowing I've done what I could to help...I wish them all the best."   

Topics:  queensland volunteer women's football ywca

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