Cr Damien Tessmann and Cr Barry Green congratulate 2016’s South Burnett Sportsperson (Coach/Official or Administrator) award winner Alicia Pidgeon

January 26, 2016

Alicia Pidgeon, who has looked after the South Burnett Senior Rep rugby league side for the past six years and travelled with the Wide Bay Country side for the past four has been recognised as the South Burnett Sportsperson (Coach/Official or Administrator) for 2016.

Alicia’s involvement with South Burnett rugby league begin in 1994 when she began providing first aid for players during the presidency of Bill Adcock, a role she continues to provide for Murgon Mustangs senior team to this day.

At that time, only one other woman was involved in the care of the players.

Alicia approached Bill and asked if she was able to donate her time to help her gain experience, as she had just completed her qualification in Massage Therapy.

She has since advanced through to Level 2 First Aid Officer qualifications and has now joined the local St John’s Ambulance crew to gain more medical knowledge and experience, studying to be a First Responder.

She was previously selected as the South Burnett Trainer Of The Year, and at different times has been Secretary of the Murgon Mustangs senior club (a role she held for nine years) and Mustangs junior club.

She has also carried out fundraising activities for both clubs.

Alicia was recently instated as the South Burnett Rugby League’s First Aid Officer Coordinator to assist all first aid officers in the local competition with first aid education and support to meet NRL standards.

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The other nominee for the 2016 Sportsperson Coach or Official Award was:

  • Helen Maudsley

    Helen has dedicated much of her free time towards the development of netball at local club, local school and state level. She is a past president of the Kingaroy Netball Association and past president of Queensland Secondary Schools Netball. Her contribution to netball at the local level has resulted in a Netball Excellence program, which will commence at Kingaroy State High School in 2016.

    Helen is also the deputy principal of Kingaroy State High School, which resulted in the school hosting the Queensland Secondary Schools U15 and 19 Netball State Championships, an event that brought over 240 of the state’s best age players to the region.

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