Beulah Jud-Brettingham and Anne Gaha are the face of the MRC Sponsorship and Events team with Emma Smith assisting behind the scenes. 2023 has seen an unprecedented engagement with the broader Marist community to seek sponsorship and these ladies have moved mountains to raise funds that will drive coach development, player rego at carnivals, interschool gala days and specialised programs focussing on the health and safety of our boys. Sponsorship also greatly assists the purchase and upgrade of equipment required for training and game days.
Whilst Beulah has two of her own boys (a former student and a current Marist boy) she also is Mum to the wider community of boys at Marist and within the rugby clubs. She is well known amongst the families for her compassion and friendship (including head turning cheering from the sideline). Beulah works within the school environment and is an invaluable asset to the committee.
Anne also has two children, a boy at Marist and a daughter. Working in her family business, she brings a wealth of knowledge and invaluable connections to the club. Anne is also a VOCAL supporter of rugby at Marist (both on the sideline and behind the scenes) and is the first to put her hand up to assist whenever needed.
Emma has two boys at Marist who are rugby fanatics. When not shuttling her boys between training, Emma works in the building industry, supports her husband in their family business and in her spare time (how she finds the time, who knows), she assists the Rugby Committee. Volunteering for the club is her way to give back to the sporting community that has provided immense joy to her boys (but let’s be honest she bloody loves it too!).
Sonia is a rugby mad mum to three children including Marist boy Sam in Year 6. Her slight addiction to shopping has ensured she is the perfect candidate for merch management as Sonia loves combining her enthusiasm for being a MRC volunteer with the ability to spend other people’s money! Sonia has been lucky to take on the role after a significant amount of work was done by her predecessor to stock our club with high quality gear. She is now tasked with coordinating the MRC Merch Stall each home game to sell a variety of cosy supporters jackets, cool and warm weather gear, and is looking for more suggestions to add to our MRC collection. Make sure you go say hi on game day… she’ll have you modeling a club outfit before you know it!
Tricia Martino has been a Marist parent since 2016 and a member of the Marist Rugby Committee since late 2018, initially taking on the role of First Aid Coordinator. Since that time she has also held the job of Treasurer (2021 and 2022) and this year is very proud to be leading the committee as President. Tricia initially joined the Committee to get to know other people and parents at Marist – both of her boys have played rugby each year since they joined the school (Nathaniel finished Year 12 in 2022 and Benny is in Year 11).
Tricia still enjoys the social aspect of being part of a wonderful and dynamic Rugby Committee but also sees participation as a great way to be involved in giving back to the school and the rugby community. It is often said that everyone has an opinion about a problem but not everyone has a solution… Tricia hopes that in taking on a senior role within the Marist Rugby Club that she can work towards finding positive solutions to any issues as they arise and developing and fostering a real sense of community with all the boys and parents who support Rugby at the college.
Tricia is looking forward to a wonderful 2023 season and thanks all to the teachers,
volunteers, parents and sponsors who help make that possible.
Sally Shepard has held the position of Rugby Registrar since the beginning of the 2021 season. She is responsible for making sure that all players and volunteers are registered and teams are allocated into RugbyXplorer. Ensuring the club meets all ACTJRU deadlines so that we can field eligible teams each season. Sally has been involved with the Rugby Club since 2016 managing both her son’s teams over the past seven seasons. She has really enjoyed getting to know the boys and their families involved with both teams. Although, now that her boys are in the older age groups, she is looking forward to watching and enjoying their games as a spectator.
Simon is the liaison between our coaches and committee for all training equipment from juniors to seniors, if your team needs something, Simon is your man. Father to two Marist rugby players in Year 7 and Year 5, Simon is Canberra born and bread and has played his fair share of rugby over the years.
Sharon Locker-Lloyd is the other half of our website development team, as well as MRC Treasurer. She works as a Senior Project Manager for DOE. Sharon has one child, who is enrolled at Marist and spends her time when not at footy training or games, between her home in Googong and running a cattle property in Cooma.
Kim is a passionate rugby mum to past student Dylan (2014-2022) and Cameron (2017-currently in Y10). Originally from South Africa and very much a Springbok loyalist (sorry/ notsorry), the family are now proud Brumbies supporters. Kim is a change management consultant working in large government, transformation and ICT projects. Her role on the committee is Social Media–keeping the community updated on our Marist Rugby Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as coordinating with all team photographers weekly for those show stopping game photos.
Kelly is one half of our development team that has been charged with rolling out the brand new MRC website to create a single source communications hub for families, players, sponsors, alumni and school boys rugby supporters. Our web team liaise between the club and our international developers to ensure the site delivers a clean, functional navigation system for our MRC digital footprint, sharing our brand and club mission on a family friendly platform. Kelly has a formal background in Communications, Media Studies & Public Relations and has recently become a Class A Building Assessor. She has four children including two rugby mad Marist boys and loves touring the great outdoors in the family glampavan (with other Marist families along for the ride!).
Claire Pearce is First Aid Coordinator for the Club. This involves making sure all the first aid kits are stocked, and that every team has two qualified First Aid Officers. Rugby is a contact sport and injuries do happen so it is important that all our First Aiders have had basic training so they feel equipped to do their role. The First Aid Officers’ job is to assess the nature of the injury and to provide the injured boy with immediate care. On those rare occasions when more serious injuries occur, the First Aider is not expected to provide medical care- just to keep the injured boy safe and calm until qualified medical care arrives. If you are interested in taking on the First Aid role for your boy’s team, feel free to contact Claire (email@example.com) and she can talk you through what the role involves and if needed, organise access to training.
Claire has three boys at Marist who between them play five different sports so when she isn’t watching the boys’ sport you’ll find her Ubering children between venues and washing dirty kit!
Hilary is the U11 and U16 age coordinator and general committee member. Two of her three children attend Marist and can only be described as rugby mad. When not child/teenager wrangling she is nursing in the community, renovating her home and trying to keep fit. Come rugby season she is undoubtedly one of the loudest supporters on the sideline.