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VALE - Reg Brandis

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1 VALE - Reg Brandis on Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:53 pm


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The following is from David Gynther from Athletics Queensland.

Please find below a wonderful tribute to Reg Brandis by David Gynther. Reg died last night.

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that the sport of Athletics lost one of its great servants last night, Reginald Brandis OAM.

Reg passed away after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Leslie, twin daughters Robin and Fiona and Sister Betty Growder. Reg was only 66.

The contribution of Reg to the sport of Athletics can be described in much the same terms as one would describe the man himself- strong, honest and perhaps larger than life. The current President of Queensland Athletics, he was an IAAF International Technical Official who fulfilled key positions at Olympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Yet he also was to be found every weekend during the summer at club and interclub competitions.

Reg was the first Executive Officer of QLD Athletics- a role he undertook from 1983 to 1994. He served on the boards of both Athletics Australia and Queensland Athletics, was a Life Governor of Athletics Australia and Life Member of Queensland Athletics. In 2011 he was awarded the IAAF Veterans Pin. Reg served as Deputy Director of the IAAF-Oceania Regional Development Centre and later as the Regional Development Director and as an IAAF Lecturer. He was also the Chair of the National Officials Commission and a major contributor to the new Australian Officials Education Scheme joint venture with Little Athletics- a task he continued to work on even in his last days.

Reg also somehow found time to manage and direct his own business, Fast Track Sports, through which he was involved in developing and building many athletics facilities around the country and in Oceania.

In his younger days Reg was an outstanding sportsman. He played over 250 games of first class rugby and represented Australia in the Barbarians team.

In his private life, he enjoyed travel, good red wine, single malt and great Tenors, but most of all he loved his wife and family.

My personal comments will, I think, be reflected by hundreds of others around the country and indeed the world. Reg was a friend, a mentor and will be irreplaceable. We will all miss him greatly.

David Gynther | CEO | Queensland Athletics

Also worth mentioning, is the fact that Reg was one of our first Chairpersons of the Australian Athletic Confederation which is the combined body of professional athletics in Australia.

I too, have known and worked with Reg on both sides of the athletics organisations and you could not get a more professional and dedicated person than he.

My sympathy go to Leslie and the family on theirs and our loss.

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