Bailey and Burrows: Local women honoured for breaking new ground inn 2011.
March 2011: One of our most colourful characters of the sporting arena has received the region’s top International Women’s Day honour for her commitment to local sport over the past 35 years.
Cairns Regional Council Woman of the Year Pat Bailey has been involved as a volunteer, officer bearer and administrator for sporting clubs across the Cairns region for more than 35 years.
Young Woman of the Year Award winner Hannah Burrows has also excelled in non-traditional male-dominated fields such as engineering, information technology and computer science.
The former Cairns State High School student received the Women In Engineering Scholarship from Curtin University where she will study engineering and computer science.
The award winners were announced by Mayor Val Schier at the annual International Women’s Day breakfast held at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino on Saturday morning.
Cr Schier said both award winners had excelled in areas that were usually dominated by men.
“I congratulate the contributions both Pat and Hannah have made to our community and also for the fantastic example they have shown to all women. They exemplify the motto that women can do anything,” Cr Schier said.
“Most people know Pat as the current local league administrator for Queensland Rugby League, but her commitment to sport in the region spans across many disciplines and 30 years ago she was involved in the establishment of the Kangaroo’s Basketball Club.
“Sport in Cairns is strong because of the hard work and dedication of unsung heroes like Pat; it is her commitment and passion that helps bring communities together and encourages people of all ages to lead more active, healthy and involved lives.
“Our Young Woman of the Year, Hannah, has continued to develop her skills and excel in areas that have been traditionally male-dominated domains. She has led by example and is an inspiration to other young women in the region encouraging them to always follow their passion.”
The IWD breakfast was part of a huge program of events planned across the region to celebrate International Women’s Day.
A program of all events is available on Council’s website www.cairns.qld.gov.au.