The CQ Premier League Women’s grand final trophy will be known as the Gwen Fox Cup in honour of one of Central Queensland’s longest-serving and best-loved administrators.
Gwen Fox is a well-known identity after almost 50 years of service to the game as a president, secretary, registrar and manager for various football teams and organisations in the region.
She is a life member of Football Queensland and in 2013 was listed as named one of YWCA Queensland’s 125 leading women alongside the likes of Cathy Freeman and former Governor General Quentin Bryce.
Like many volunteers, Fox first got involved in football when her sons started playing at Rockhampton side Bluebirds in 1973.
Since then, she has faithfully served the game in regional Queensland and has been a driving force behind the growth of women’s football over the past three decades.
She became the Secretary of the old Women’s Soccer Queensland after Rockhampton hosted the State Titles in 1993.
“In the early days, there were a lot of good female players who wanted to enjoy the game, so we created all girls’ teams and competitions at Norbridge Park,” said Fox.
“We set up clinics and tried to cater for the girls who wanted to play for fun, not just the stronger ones who could handle being part of the men’s teams.
“It has been wonderful to be part of the women’s game and travel to all the State Championships, because I had no daughters. It gave me great enjoyment.”
In 2005, when the Central Queensland zone was established, Fox was elected to become the first president of the new body.
“I’ve had a really full life; I’ve gained many friends and have so many fond memories,” said Fox.
“What I loved most was getting the juniors outfitted to go away for representative games. Seeing them kitted out on the bus was a great joy to me.”
Over the years, Fox has handed out countless participation awards and prizes to footballers across the region.
“That has been wonderful because so many of those young children have come back when they’re grown up to watch their own children play football,” she said.
Now that the biggest prize for women’s football in Central Queensland will be named in her honour, Fox is looking forward to presenting the trophy to the winning team on 18 September.
“What I’ve done over the years hasn’t been for recognition, I’ve just loved being part of the game here in Rocky,” said Fox.
“But it’s a great honour to have the trophy named after me and I’ll be there on grand final day to hand it out.”