Monday 2 August 2010

Former QAFL president and long-serving board member Norm Crimmins has passed away at the age of 89.

Crimmins died this morning in Brisbane.

“Norm’s contribution to the evolution of Australian football in Queensland should always be remembered,” said AFLQ chief executive Richard Griffiths.

“He played a key role in reviving interstate football in the 1970s and 80s, which helped put Queensland on the national map.

“Long after he retired, Norm remained a passionate supporter of our local game and he was much loved by those in the football community who knew him – and that was many people.”

Crimmins was elected onto the QAFL Board of Management in 1958 and remained there until 1980.

He was the QAFL vice-president for 13 years before taking on the presidency from 1974 to 1979.

Such was his interest in developing interstate football that he also served as a State selector.

Crimmins lent strong support to the code’s expansion in north Queensland and was recognized for that by the Norm Crimmins Medal being named in his honour for the best and fairest player at the North Queensland carnivals.

He attended every QAFL grand final from the time he became involved in the game over more than half a century ago, and was also the first to accept each year to attend the Grogan Medal night.

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