Renee gives league new viewpoint
SHE is a woman, a wife and a mother of three and she has just been appointed the treasurer of the Rockhampton Senior Local Leagues Club.
Renee Nelson was appointed the position on Monday and the club is looking for more women to be involved with a new secretary’s position available.
“I have been told a women’s perspective is always a good thing to have,” Nelson said.
“Rugby league is a family sport, you can bring your family, you can bring your wives, and we are trying to make that the important thing and cut out the rest.”
Nelson said she believed that she would bring a different perspective to the sport as she would be concerned with family friendly matters.
“I am not just a woman; I am a mum of three boys. I don’t think they have ever had a woman in an executive position in the senior league,” she said.
Nelson said the club was also considering bringing back female school rugby league competitions.
President of the Rockhampton Senior leagues club Mick Johns said Nelson was appointed the position for her ability and her fresh ideas.
“She is very capable and we want to break down the barriers to allow women to see that there is opportunity here,” Johns said.
“That is part of the reason she was appointed, we have been at one line of thinking and now we want fresh ideas, a different perspective and to broaden our horizons and judgment of the game.”
The Rockhampton Senior Leagues club have also signed on as the guarantor for the Comets in the Queensland Cup in 2010.
Johns said the decision was made as an initiative to build relationships between the two clubs in the new year.
“It is just about keeping the Comets alive and local talent in Central Queensland,” he said.
The Comets are usually guaranteed by Queensland Rugby League but this year the QRL went to a different club.
“They needed someone behind them and we stepped in,” Nelson said.
“Every side has to have a guarantor that it is a viable club and if there is ever a time where the Comets can’t meet their expenses, we will step in and help them.
“Basically if we don’t go guarantor, we don’t have Comets in the Queensland cup.”