07 Dec Rest In Peace Lorna Rowland, Brumbies Life Member
The Plus500 Brumbies, and the ACT & SNSW rugby community, would like to give our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lorna Rowland, who passed away on 1 October of this year.
Dame Rugby’ Lorna Rowland served as a rugby administrator for over 26 years, retiring from her role within the ACT Rugby Union on Friday 28 September 2001.
Lorna started work at the ACTRU as on Office Assistant in 1975, working from the Barton premises, and taking on a range of tasks ranging from team management, registrar, assistant to the judiciary, compiling match programs and collating the press clippings archive.
During her time Lorna served seven Presidents and six Chief Executive Officers. Such was her remarkable impact on the game that the Union set up a farewell dinner in October of that year, an event attended by over 120 friends and colleagues.
She was heavily involved in Royals Rugby as a captain, coach, organiser and “mother hen” of its Monaro Rugby teams. At the Annual General Meeting in 2004, all present unanimously agreed that she be awarded Life Membership making her the first, and to date, the only female to be awarded this highest honour in the eighty years of Rugby in this area.
She sadly passed away on Monday 1st October 2018.