21/11/2014 - A woman’s touch: Roberts elected first ever female president of Emus

STEPPING UP: Donna Roberts is the new president of Orange Emus. Photo: NICK McGRATH 1120nmemus1 

THESE days, there’s plenty of fuss made about women taking on the high power roles in sporting organisations, be it at an international, national or local level.

But Donna Roberts isn’t one to make a lot of fuss.

And she’s certainly not going to be the one making a lot of noise about her latest appointment as president of the Orange Emus Rugby Union Club, the first female to hold the role since the club’s inception in the late 1940s.

“I’m just putting my hand up to help out,” a modest Roberts said, a member of the club since 2006. “I don’t see it as being any big deal with it really.”

And, to be fair, there’s plenty of reason to view the appointment in exactly the same manner Roberts does.

As she puts it, “why not”.

As vice-president of Emus last year and with last year’s president Toby Tancred stepping back after the 2014 season, the natural progression for Roberts was to step up into the top job.

“I thought about it last year a little bit,” Roberts said, predicting her hands-on board of Gary Quick (vice-president), Amanda Ferguson (secretary), Richard Madigan (treasurer), Nigel Staniforth, Jan Randle, Andrew Logan, Doug Pickett, Peter Roberts and Keith Howarth to help out considerably.

“Each one of the board members has a role to play. But in saying that I think I’ll hand over a little bit to some people who are willing and very keen to be involved.”

On field, Roberts was predicting similar success to 2014.

With five teams again set to contest each of the Blowes Clothing Cup’s grades, she was hoping to build on first grade’s grand final appearance in Dubbo last September and add to second grade’s premiership-winning performance with more on-field excellence at Endeavour Oval.

Roberts was confident the appointment of Graydon Staniforth and Paul Ringland as first grade coaches would bolster that ambition.

“Two very experienced players and they’ve been involved with the club for a very long time,” she said of the co-coaching Emus.

“Their experience and expertise will be great.

“I think we’ll do extremely well. We’ve got some great people involved.”

Roberts says the underlying sense of belonging is what keeps her coming back to contribute to Emus year in, year out.

“The sense of community, the family, there’s that involvement there and it’s growing each year. The whole atmosphere of the club itself is great,” she added.

The club will be having a Christmas Party on December 6 at Endeavour Oval, while, for those interested, pre-season training has began at the club’s gym next week with a weight’s program for Emus players.

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2710820/a-womans-touch-roberts-elected-first-ever-female-president-of-emus/?cs=104

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