Committee Chair – Linda Hunter
HQWMC Membership 2012 – 2020
In the mid-1980s, Linda resumed her professional career as a primary school teacher and later became a school principal. Promotions in this role through schools of increasing complexity saw her managing a total staff of 90 odd and working with government officials and community leaders. During this time, she developed skills in strategic planning, policy development, operational planning, budgeting and financial management, people management, and resource management. Until her career took her to locations in which hockey was not played, she was a regular member of Qld Vets/Masters teams. Linda was an accredited AA Umpire and is a Level 2 Technical Official and Level 2 Coach. She is a Masters Coach at Queensland and Australian levels. Her career playing peak was in her 20s when she was a regular in the possible’s v probable’s match for selection in the Queensland open team. The two incumbent Australian fullbacks made sure she stayed at home.
Strategic Development – Karin Walduck
HQWMC Membership 2010 – 2020
Karin trained as a pharmacist and has a postgraduate qualification in pharmacology. She worked for 10 years in the Queensland hospital system where she had experience in managing staff and attending to the needs of stakeholders. Her professional career in the service sector continues as manager of the information technology unit at the State Library. She has almost unparalleled experience in sports’ leadership, management and administration having spent 20 years as a Board member of HQ, the last eight (8) years as President. Concurrently Karin was, and still is, President of Brisbane Women’s Hockey Association. She has skills in corporate governance and management in the government and not for profit sectors as well as a long history in hockey operations, from the canteen to the board room and all places in between. Karin has represented Queensland in Masters both as a field player and as a goal keeper. She has also worn the green and gold as a member of an Australian team.
Webmaster – Megan Ward
HQWMC Membership 2012 – 2020
Megan was committed to Vets/Masters hockey even before she was of Masters age, selecting and coaching Queensland teams. She can’t remember a time when she was not busy in the administration, and promotion of hockey at club and Association level. A trained teacher and for many years an owner of a number of small businesses, Megan has extensive experience in the many functions that ensure business success. One of these businesses was as an internet services provider where Megan mastered web-based marketing and the use of software in complex project management.
These skills are put to good use in keeping the Women’s Masters section of the HQ web site up to date with topical information and news of interest to Masters players. The treasure trove of archival material on the website is a Megan initiative. Megan has been a fixture in Queensland and Australian Masters hockey teams for the last 10 plus years.
Special Projects – Myra Reilly
HQWMC Membership 2013 – 2020
Myra is a genuine hockey tragic and has devoted a fair proportion of her adult life to promoting the sport and ensuring that it grows in her localities. Not many can say that they started a club from scratch and nurtured its growth. Myra did this in Moranbah in the mid 1970s.
She has skills in assembling teams to get jobs done to a high standard. She has been the go to person for the organisation of the 40th, 50th 60th and 75th year celebrations for her club in Maryborough and for the 30th and 35th year celebrations of HQ Women’s Masters Championships and 30th year of HA Women’s Masters Championships. A feature of these celebrations has been the extensive displays of memorabilia that Myra has encouraged others to donate or loan. She has taken a special interest in the growth of junior hockey as well as Masters hockey, coaching, umpiring and selecting. Myra has been a fixture in Queensland and Australian Masters teams for the last 20 odd years. This hockey tragic even came out of a lengthy retirement from indoor hockey to participate as a player at the first HA Masters Indoor Challenge and was selected in the Australian team for the 2019 Masters Indoor World Cup in Singapore.
Clearances (Interstate) – Joy Lewis
HQWMC Membership 2018 – 2020
Joy’s professional expertise and experiences are in information services, especially in research which leads to the collection of data, its storage, its management and its rearrangement to suit the purpose at hand.
These skills extend to the creation and management of filing systems for documents in current use and for the archives. The establishment of such data bases demands high level computing skills. Joy has put these skills to good use in her employment in local government and as a voluntary worker in several hockey Associations around the state. She has, in the past, taken on the huge roles of Association Records Secretary and Club Secretary. Joy has a thorough knowledge of how hockey works at grassroots level. In her role on the 2020 HQWMC, she creates opportunities for those players not selected for Qld to attend the HA Championships as members of other State and Territory teams. Joy has represented Qld as a player, umpire and selector and Australia as a player and selector.
Promotions – Deb Creighton
HQWMC Membership 2018 – 2020
Deb trained in business management and worked her way up to becoming an executive in the insurance industry developing policies, procedures and integrated risk management systems. In more recent years, Deb has been an owner operator of small businesses employing up to sixty (60) staff. This has involved the usual mix of staff recruitment and retention, advertising, client service and financial management. Deb designed her own newspaper advertisements, a skill now used to promote hockey in the Gladstone community through newspaper articles. She could be classed as a genuine hockey all rounder. Her list of credits include: Association President, Secretary/Treasurer, Fixture Coordinator, Registrations Officer, Promotions Officer, Association Coach, Association Team Manager and representative player. Deb has also found time to represent Queensland at the last four HA Masters Championships.
Administration – Kathy Devitt
HQWMC Membership 2020
From lecturing at TAFE on ground flight operations in the airline industry to Training Manager-Airports for Jetstar in the Australia/Asia region, Kathy (KD) built a career as a training executive. Her experience was gained in being responsible for all the functions of ground operations from a plane landing to when it took off again: docking at a bay, passenger checking in, boarding, baggage and freight load control. With the start up of Jetstar, KD was recruited from Qantas and travelled extensively rolling out training courses for customer service staff in ground operations for airport staff in Australia/Asia for the new airline.
KD organises the hockey component of the biennial Pan Pacific Masters Games at the Gold Coast in a one person operation. This means extensive experience in all aspects of successful management of hockey tournaments. Over the years KD has been a frequent member of Queensland and Australian Masters teams.