New president makes club history
RUGBY LEAGUE: Rebecca Jackson will be making history for the Nanango Stags in 2019.
Jackson has been elected as president of the Stags, the first time a woman has been president of the combined junior and senior club.
This year was one of the biggest for the club with the A-grade team breaking the club's premiership drought on their home ground.
Jackson was a key part of the victory putting in 40 hours a week behind the scenes as secretary.
In the two seasons she has been secretary one her proudest achievement has been working with the committee to unite the club as one.
"When we (the new committee) first came in two years ago the segregation between the seniors and juniors was massive," she said.
"The seniors didn't help the juniors and the juniors didn't help the seniors, there was a really big divide. Over the last two years we have shortened that bridge and it has been a real accomplishment."
For 2018 the Stags were without a groundsman so the senior team stepped up and maintained the grounds.
"We are the only club in the South Burnett who has seniors do their gate every home game and the only club that has seniors volunteer in the club," Jackson said.
Jackson has lived in Nanango since she was four-years-old and it is her love the community and town which keeps her going.
"It is a really good community spirit being part of the club," she said. "Everyone does look after everyone."
With the help of a $30,000 grant the club will have two new fields by the start of the season.
This will give the club the potential to host carnivals in the future with the ability to host six under-6 games at one time and three U8 games.
The club will also add female only changing rooms which will create the opportunity for the South Burnett Eagles women's teams, who compete in the Sunshine Coast competition, to play at home.
"Nanango is closer for the Sunshine Coast teams than the other clubs but we don't have the facilities at the moment to cater for them," Jackson said.
The club will start the year with a super Saturday of footy on March 16 with the South Burnett U18s, women's and the Stags A-grade team to test their form against teams from Toowoomba.