2021 COMMITTEE PROFILES

Committee Chair – Linda Hunter

 HQWMC Membership 2012 – 2021


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.

Deb Creighton

 HQWMC Membership 2018 – 2021


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.

Joy Lewis

 HQWMC Membership 2018 – 2021


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.

Myra Reilly

 HQWMC Membership 2013 – 2021


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 Hong Kong.

Karin Walduck

 HQWMC Membership 2010 – 2021


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.

Megan Ward

 HQWMC Membership 2012 – 2021


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.

MAREE WHITCHURCH

HQWMC Membership 2021

Maree renewed her love of hockey 7 years ago after a 17-year break.  At that time, she had no idea that women’s masters hockey existed but now can’t see herself not playing or being involved.Originally from Ipswich from a hockey family very active in playing, administration and umpiring, Maree started playing hockey at age 9 and played for 25 years around QLD and NSW, before work and family diverted her attention.  Since returning to playing in Brisbane, Maree has represented city and state at master’s championships. She has become very involved with her club committee and many Brisbane Women’s HA committees, as well as advancing her qualifications as a technical officer.
Most of Maree’s work has been in Emergency Medicine with strong interest in Sports Medicine.  She was appointed as Medical Officer for the Australian Women’s Masters Contingent for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Trans-Tasman Challenge (and the cancelled 2020 WC) as well as Medical Officer at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Maree hopes that her experiences from 30 years as a medical professional, encompassing organisational skills, teamwork, communication, policy writing and more, will give an additional perspective to all aspects of the work of the HQWMC.

DI YOUNG

HQWMC Membership 2021

Diana began playing hockey at High school before joining Taxation club in Brisbane during her University years. Life and family meant she spent a lot of years overseas and played some hockey for the Welsh counties. Back home, involvement in hockey was to coach both junior and senior teams whilst playing Masters.

Her main love though was selecting which she has been doing for 20 years at club, Brisbane, State and Australian level. At present she is Convenor for both Queensland and Australian Women’s Masters selections. Diana continues to work as a Physiotherapist in the hospital setting and has previously worked in the Sports Medicine area. She continues to enjoy all things hockey.