Gold Coast sporting icon Daphne Pirie dies aged 90

One of the Gold Coast’s most beloved sporting icons has sadly passed away in hospital.

Daphne Pirie AO MBE died in the early hours of Friday morning at the Gold Coast Private Hospital, aged 90.

Acting Mayor Donna Gates paid tribute to Mrs Pirie at Friday’s full council meeting, describing her as a “real icon” and “someone we loved”.


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“She was an amazing contributor to our city. She was still on the Sporting Hall of Fame, she was still there at every opportunity to promote sport in this city,” she said.

Mrs Pirie AO MBE dedicated her life to the promotion of women in sport and the pursuit of sporting excellence.

Not only was she a celebrated performer in hockey, golf and track and field, she was also the founding president of Womensport Queensland, the first female vice-president of the Queensland Olympic Council, a board member of the Queensland Academy of Sport and president of the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame.

She had a decorated career, receiving numerous awards for her achievements including the IOC Women and Sport Trophy in 2011.

In late 2016, myGC visited Mrs Pirie at her home to chat about her decorated career. Watch below: