The NSW Rugby Union (NSWRU) Board delivered its 2021 Annual Report at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held earlier this week.
Several key items of business were also undertaken as part of the AGM, with NSWRU reporting a modest surplus of $140,000 for the 2021 Financial Year, and no new elections due to President Al Baxter and Vice President Matt Burke being two years into their three year terms.
Former NSWRU and Rugby Australia President Tim Gavin was awarded Honorary Life Membership, following an illustrious career both on and off the field for both New South Wales and Australia.
NSWRU President Al Baxter congratulates Gavin on the award, and the lifetime of commitment he has given to rugby.
“On behalf of NSW Rugby and the board, I’d like to congratulate Tim on his Honorary Life Membership status,” Baxter said.
“Tim played 76 games for the Wallabies, including 47 Tests, and 83 games for New South Wales, including 30 as captain.
“Throughout his career, Gavin remained loyal to his local club, Eastern Suburbs, where he played over 100 First Grade games and was also made an Honorary Life Member.
“Tim’s voluntary contributions to the game, both as a player, and a volunteer, have been outstanding, and this is a great recognition of that,” he said.
NSWRU Chairman Tony Crawford added, in his statement prepared for the meeting, that the AGM offered an opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months and look at the strategies the organisation will be using to move the sport forward.
“There is no doubt that rugby, like many sports, has faced some challenges in the last 12 months, stretching even through the last two years,” Crawford said.
“But in times of adversity, it is the strength and unity that shines through, and it has been pleasing to see our community band together time and time again - through COVID and various natural disasters.
“The Board together with management staff has worked tirelessly to put in place new personnel and structures to ensure the sport would be in a solid position to maximise the return to play opportunities coming out of COVID and ensure we can bring back as many participants, volunteers and coaches as possible.
“So I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our NSWRU Staff, players, officials, volunteers, fans and community who continue to support our great game.
“I would also like to highlight the achievements of our NSW Waratahs Women who won their fourth consecutive Super W premiership in 2021. Their efforts both on and off the field continue to impress, and for that they are to be congratulated.
“We are now well and truly into the new year, and I look forward to working together to see what we can achieve in 2022,” he said.
A suite of Financial Reports, Director’s Reports and Auditor’s Reports are included in the 2021 Annual Report - CLICK HERE to read.