Feb 5

NSWRL Centre of Excellence lecture theatre named after Venues NSW Deputy Chairman John Quayle

Tuesday 5 February 2019 3:39pm

A League great and true gentleman who’s always been vocally passionate about the NRL code ensuring it’s still ‘delivering the players for the future’ has today had his name put on the NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) Centre of Excellence theatre in which will sit the players of tomorrow.

NSWRL this morning officially unveiled the John Quayle Lecture Theatre on Level 2 of its amazing new Centre of Excellence in Sydney Olympic Park. Every room in it is named after an iconic NSW Origin player, past administrator, or official.

John is the Venues NSW Board Deputy Chairman and former Chief Executive of the Australian and NSW Rugby League. He became the first General Manager of the NSWRL in 1983. He played club football for Parramatta for four years in the 70s and gained selection in the Australian World Series squad in England.

While an administrator of the great game, he took over the appointment of referees, citing of players, promotion of new clubs into an expanded competition, and was also the man who secured singer Tina Turner to promote the code in 1989. That bit got a special mention by NSWRL CEO David Trodden during the unveiling. David called those years “a golden era of League”.

David said: “If we have a building where we purport to honour important people in our past, you couldn’t do that without honouring John Quayle. He’s one of the great leaders in our game.

“After he finished his career in Rugby League he went on to have an even greater career in sports, with the Olympic Games – and other areas.

“And because Rugby League sometimes operates in an insular environment it’s possible that this part of his career doesn’t get the acknowledgement that it really deserves…

“John, I hope you understand how much you mean to our organisation and hopefully having your name on our lecture theatre is a bit of a demonstration of what we think of you, and what you’ve done for New South Wales Rugby League”.

John has stated publicly that, in sport, it’s always important to remember those who were so good in their particular codes. He’s also said that those controlling a code must have, in his opinion, passion within them for that code.

It was only fitting that today both of those applied to John himself—in spades. Here’s a short clip capturing his acceptance speech.

Paul Doorn, CEO, Venues NSW


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