Coaching school rugby a life passion

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Coach recognised for dedication to school rugby

School rugby is more than just a game for University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Lecturer Dave Robinson. It’s a way of life. That’s official – he has a certificate as proof.

The USQ sport, health and physical education lecturer was awarded Life Membership of the Queensland Rugby Football Schools Union at the recent state titles.

“I was at the Queensland titles for schools with the Wide Bay School Boys Open Team in May and they caught me by surprise during the carnival dinner,” Mr Robinson said.

“Only 10 life memberships with the union have ever been awarded and when you look at the backgrounds of the other people, I feel very humbled.

“It’s recognition from people who matter and who understand the trials and tribulations.

“It’s an emotional feeling in terms of peers recognising how much work everyone associated with Wide Bay Schools rugby has put in and how much my family has allowed me to do these things.”

Mr Robinson said his wife Lesley, a Torquay State Primary School teacher, and two teenage children had been “very patient” with his involvement in school and community rugby over the years.

“USQ is also very supportive of me maintaining links with school sport locally as well as from a state perspective.

“I wouldn’t have been in Townsville without the support of USQ Head of the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education Associate Professor Warren Midgley.

“It’s great that USQ supports my maintaining links with school teachers and coaches.”

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas congratulated Mr Robinson on being recognised for his long service and dedication to rugby union in schools.

“Mr Robinson is a credit to the university and we’re proud to have him on board as a lecturer,” Professor Thomas said.

“USQ encourages all staff to build and maintain networks within their communities, particularly in areas of personal interest.”

Dedication to school rugby

Mr Robionson has been a school physical education teacher since 1990, serving in Emerald, Biloela, Roma, Charleville, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

He came to the Wide Bay region in 2000 as an advisory teacher for small schools such as Isis, Monto and Mundubbera.

“I began coaching school rugby in 1993, went overseas coaching in Canada and come back to Australia in 1997,” he said.

“My first state carnival was in Airlie Beach with Capricornia. I coached them for three years then came to Wide Bay and coached for the next 16 years.

Mr Robinson said that in the early 2000s, after a year at Hervey Bay High School, he moved to USQ for a 12-month stint as a physical education lecturer.

“In 2003 I went to Urangan State High School and now I’m back at USQ.”

Mr Robinson was born in Canada to Australian parents and grew up in Brisbane.


Photo:  USQ Fraser Coast sport, health and physical education lecturer Dave Robinson has been recognised for his long service and dedication to coaching school rugby.



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