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Australian Schools Rugby News : October 2010
It is normal at this time to write an editorial telling you all the good things that have happened in Schools’ Rugby for 2010. As I was preparing such a story I received the news of the sudden death of Australian Schools Rugby Union Life-Member “Marty” Pitt. Marty died suddenly while overseas on a cruise with his wife Robin. I affectionately referred to Marty as the “Crisis Manager” when in recent years he assisted this organisation at our National Championships. However his Life Membership was highly deserved when you look at his record. In summary: ASRU EXECUTIVE AND COMMITTEE: Martin was first on the ASRU Committee as a NSW delegate from 1977 and he continued in this role until 1983. He returned in 1988 and served until 1991. In 1991 he was elected VICE PRESIDENT of ASRU and had this position for the period 1991-1993. AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION TEAM MANAGER: Martin was team manager in 1979, 1980, 1981-82 (ie Tour of UK) and 1982. The 1981/82 tour had such players who went on to become Wallabies as; Matthew P Burke, David Knox, Tim Kava, Cameron Lillicrap, Michael Lynagh, Brett Papworth, Ian Williams, Steven Tuynman, Brad Burke, Mark Hartill. SELECTOR: Martin was an Australian Schools selector in 1978 and 1981 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS MEDAL – BICENTENARY AWARD 1988 This was awarded to Martin in 1988 by the Australian Government for services to SCHOOLS RUGBY. From the History of the NSW Schools Rugby Union the following is recorded: “Martin Pitt was a member of the Steering committee that drafted the NSW Schools Union constitution which was presented at a meeting on 12/2/1971. He was a founding committee member 1971 and remained on the committee 1972-1973 & 1994; 1978-1979; He held the position of Vice President 1980-1986; became President 1987-1992, 2001. He was also responsible for organising the first rugby match on the SFS in 1988 when NSW Schools played England Schools. The income generated from this match has kept the NSWSRU in a good financial state up to the present day.” But Marty made a much broader contribution to community and with permission I quote the words of Andrew Wennerbom from the Sydney University Rugby Club web-site. It is with great sadness and a hint of joie de vie that we note the passing of Martin Pitt. “Marty” as he was known to players and supporters was an irrepressible rugby enthusiast who played a key role in the rejuvenation of the Sydney University Football Club in the late 1990’s. His rapport with players was legendary and he gave selflessly of his time and inexhaustible energy to inspire the Colts players to lay the platform for the Club’s renaissance. Supported by TURN PAGES by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar. ZOOM IN by clicking anywhere on the page. READ by dragging the page around when zoomed in. ZOOM OUT by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in. VISIT web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks. how to navigate the e-magazine ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ; Managing Director John Blondin Graphic Designer Daniel Fung Schools Rugby Liaison Ellise Blondin ABPBellAwards Australian Rugby Review ABP Bell Award National Winner 1996 for Best New Magazine of the Year & National Winner 1997 for Best Specialist Magazine of the Year MAGAZINE; OF THE YEAR 2004 Ruby Press International Winner Australian Marketing Institute National Award for Marketing Excellence 1995 Winner of the; Print Journalism Award 1998 Publishing and national advertising mailing address: PO Box 381 Edgecliff, NSW 2027 P: 02 9388 7558 • F: 02 9337 6232 www.rugbyenews.com ABN 7210935003 BCW BARCLAYS CORPORATE WARDROBE REVIEW AUSTRALIAN news & Benefactor “Inaugural Sponsor of the Australian Rugby Football Schools’ Foundation Player Support Scheme” Print Page Email this page to a friend Search this issue Index - jump to page or section Archive - view previous issues Continued on page 15 platform for the Club’s renaissance. Martin Pitt 1939–2010