CITATION – PAUL EGGERS

Awarded for contribution to Touch Football.

Paul Eggers has been a resident of the Gold Coast since 1974 and in that year convened a meeting to form the Gold Coast Touch Association.  He was the newly formed Association’s Secretary/Treasurer until 1978 when he became President.  He continued in that role until 1995 when was appointed Patron, which continues today.

Paul’s vision and enthusiasm has been the driver for many firsts with the Gold Coast Touch Association.  Some of those firsts include:

  • The first international game at Owen Park in 1978 when a Gold Coast men’s team played the touring Great Britain Rugby League tea,
  • The inaugural National Touch Championships held at Owen Park in 1980 and the inaugural National Club Championships a year later.
  • The appointment by the Touch Association of the Coast’s first full time sporting administrator
  • Building of the Owen Park Clubhouse, for which Paul put up his house as collateral
  • A major redevelopment of the Owen Park fields in 1991 which coincided with the inaugural Touch International for Australian Schools, when one of Paul’s daughters represented Australia,

In 1979, Paul was part of a meeting in Brisbane which formed the Queensland Touch Association and he became the inaugural President, a position he held until 1993 when he became Patron.  He held that position until it was abolished in 2005.

In 1978, Paul was at the inaugural meeting to form the Australian Touch Association.  He subsequently became State Delegate, Co-Director of Promotions, then Secretary and the Vice-President for many years.

In 1979, he was part of a small group that produced the first Standard Rules of Touch for Australia. 

Paul helped form the Federation of International Touch in 1986 and was its inaugural President until he retired in 1993.  He is currently the Federation’s Finance Director.

Paul is a life member of Touch Associations at Gold Coast, South East Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland and since 2011 at national levels.

The Paul Eggers International Touch Fields at Owen Park are quite obviously named in his honour.