Personal Sporting Involvement
July 24, 2012
I have had a long involvement in sport at all levels.
I have been involved with an amateur Australian football club for 36 years.
I commenced as a player for University Blues in 1972 and have been a committee member virtually ever since. I served as President from 1974 to 1979 and then again after returning from overseas in 1983-4. Since then I have been a sponsor of the club and co-ordinate the medical coverage of the teams. I was awarded Life Membership of the Melbourne University Football Club in 1978.
VAFA A Grade Premiers 2004 – University Blues
Bob Girdwood and I have both been involved with the Blues for over 40 years. We waited a long time for that premiership.
I also skied for Melbourne University in the Intervarsity competitions, being captain and Melbourne University champion in 1972. I served a term as President of the Melbourne University Ski Club in 1973. I played competitive tennis and cricket at elite schoolboy level.
TOORAK EAST MALVERN (TEM) HOCKEY CLUB
For the past fifteen years I have been involved with the TEM Hockey Club. TEM is one of the larger hockey clubs in Melbourne and my first position was Vice-President (Juniors) in which I headed the junior section. Since my involvement commenced, we increased the number of junior teams from 11 in 2000, to 14 teams in 2001, 18 teams in 2002 and since 2005, 23 teams. We have succeeded in creating an environment where we encourage participation, skill development, teamwork and good sportsmanship, and try and ensure that all kids enjoy their hockey. In recent years our junior division has regularly won the Ernie Johns Trophy for the Best Junior Boys Club (2004, 2005, 2006), and the Sue Hounslow Trophy for Best Junior Girls Club (2005, 2006, 2007).
In 2004 I took over as V-P Mens Division when the club was struggling with four teams and its top team at the bottom of the second division. In 2006 we gained promotion back into State League 1 after a lengthy absence and in 2007 finished one point outside the four after a dramatic last round victory against Essendon.
In 2008 TEM maintained their position in State league 1 but at the conclusion of the 2009 season we were relegated back into State League 2. After dominating SL2 in 2010 and winning the premiership, we were promoted back into SL1 for 2011. Our young team struggled but eventually survived in SL1.
Bill Brukner in action in State League 1 against Doncaster August 2011
In 2012 the State League 1 team is showing great promise. My youngest son Bill is playing in that team.
TEM State League 1 2012
In 2003 and again in 2007 I was awarded the highest honour of the TEM Hockey Club, the Bruce Rulston Award for Outstanding Service. In 2004 I was awarded the Barry Penpraze Trophy for Services to Boys Hockey and the Bruce Prossor Trophy for Outstanding Service to Mens Hockey.
In 2009 I coached the Under 17A TEM team to win the Ric Purser Shield, the top junior hockey competition in the state. Two years previously my older son Charles had coached the same team to the Under 15 George Stapleton Shield. Bill played in both teams.
2009 Ric Purser Shield
2007 George Stapleton Shiled
I gave up my official positions within the club in 2010 when I moved to the UK, but have remained involved as a sponsor and mentor since then. The Mens Division is being very capably run by my good friend Craig Seccull.
I have also been heavily involved in Hockey Victoria activities especially as a member of the State Indoor Hockey Committee, High Performance Committee and at regional level convenor of the Southern Sharks teams.
In 2009 I was elected to the Board of Hockey Australia. Unfortunately with my move to the UK in 2010 I had to relinquish that position.
With Athletics Australia, I was involved for a number of years as National Team Doctor before becoming involved in the administration of the team. As well as being team doctor I was appointed Assistant Athletics Team Manager for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Following these Olympics I was appointed Athletics Team Manager for the period 1998-2000. This involved a large amount of voluntary work both in preparation for competition and the competitions themselves. I was responsible for the athletic team preparation for the Sydney Olympics Games organising the pre-games competitions and camps. I was Team Manager in charge of 85 athletes and 27 staff for the period of the Olympic Games in Sydney.
I was a National Selector for Athletics Australia from 2006 to 2008.