A number of Gold Coasters are amongst the Australians given Queen’s Birthday Honours today.
A total of 933 Australians have been recognised, with 710 receiving awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia, 28 in the Military Division and 128 meritorious awards.
The Governor-General announced the awards this morning.
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“In this list we see all the positives that are in our community – we see the great ideas, we see the hard-work, we see the love and compassion for fellow human beings – it’s a microcosm of Australia.
“This list recognises a group of outstanding Australians who have made a contribution to their community, to Australia globally or domestically.
“Their efforts have been noted by their peers, they’ve been nominated and assessed independently as worthy of recognition,” the Governor-General said.
A number of Gold Coasters have been honoured for their work, including Rebecca Frizelle for her service to the automotive sector and to rugby league as co-owner of the Gold Coast Titans.
Mark Peters is acknowledged for his service to sports administration as the CEO of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.
He’s told myGC it’s an absolute honour.
“It’s very humbling, but also a chance to reflect on all the fantastic people that have helped me, not only during my own sporting career but also to help others as we’ve gone through different journeys,” Mr Peters said.
“It was fantastic to represent my country in sport, and that was something pretty special, but also my years at the Australian Sports Commission working with many of the great coaches and athletes and sports science people, and of course the Commonwealth Games here and those fantastic outcomes, the 15,000 volunteers that just made this such a special city.
“It’s been a long career and I’m very grateful to so many people,” he said.
Peters was also honoured for his contribution to baseball, and encourages everyone to be involved with community sport, no matter what it is.
“Baseball’s one of those sports where our terrific athletes spend their time over in America, or Japan or Korea making very good careers.
“We did win a silver medal in the Athens Olympics and baseball’s back in the Olympics at the moment.
“I just encourage everyone to be involved in sport, whether it’s baseball or the footballs or the netballs, and so great to see everything freeing up now so everyone can get up there.
“Because it forges such terrific bonds within the community, you know I had great memories about the mums and the dads that helped me during my career, and we want to keep doing that for all our young kids, and let them aspire to play for Australia one day,” Mr Peters said.
Other Gold Coasters honoured include the following:
- Ralph Hartland (Carrara) – for service to the community.
- Thomas Holmes (Burleigh Waters) – for service to life saving and to the community.
- Philip Morris (Ashmore) – for significant service to psychiatry, to medical education, and to professional health organisations.
- Sheena Reilly (Qld ) – for significant service to tertiary education, to medical research, and to paediatric speech pathology.
- Chaplain Gary Stone (Clagiraba) – for service to veterans and their families.
- John Brew RFD (Bonogin) – for significant service to the rail transport and logistics industry, and to education.
- Perry Cross (Broadbeach) – for significant service to people living with a spinal chord injury, and as a role model.
- Terry Jackman (Gold Coast) – for distinguished service to the community through support for educational and medical research organisations, and to tourism and business.
- Julia Crilly (Qld) – for service to emergency care nursing.
- John Down (Mudgeeraba) – for service to the community of Mudgeeraba.