South West Queensland Touch Association (SWQTA) was established in the 1980s, and is the governing body for Touch Football in South West Queensland. Our region extends from just beyond Springfield Lakes in the East to the Western Queensland border, covering approximately 400 000 square kilometres.
Our Affiliate competitions are organised and run by many dedicated volunteers, who work tirelessly to ensure that all of our members continue to have opportunities to participate at grass roots and representative levels.
Currently, SWQTA has over 5000 registered members in 8 locations and an additional 6000 children participating in school programs and related activities across the region. These statistics place the sport among the top participant based, organised sports in South West Queensland. Current affiliates are:
- Chinchilla Touch Association
- Dalby Touch Association
- Esk Touch Football
- Goondiwindi Ladies Touch Association
- Ipswich Touch Association
- Roma Junior Touch Association
- Springfield Lakes Touch Football
- Toowoomba Touch Association
- Wandoan Touch Association
The office of SWQTA is located on Cress Street in Toowoomba, sharing office space with Toowoomba Rugby League (TRL), Queensland Rugby League (QRL) and National Rugby League (NRL) staff. This location provides us with an excellent opportunity to develop our relationships and programs in line with the 2016 National Rugby League (NRL) and Touch Football Australia (TFA) sporting partnership.
SWQ Touch Association employs a full time Regional Administrator to:
- Work with affiliates to ensure the growth and development of the sport
- Organise representative tours and SWQTA events
- Promote Touch Football amongst key stakeholders, partners and funding bodies.
The Region has a Game Development Officer, appointed by Queensland Touch Football (QTF), who works with SWQTA on:
- The development of players, coaches and referees
- Increasing participation and the general growth of the sport in the region.
VISION and MISSION
South West Queensland Touch Association’s vision and mission is to maximise participation of Touch Football in the region, through the development of players, coaches, referees and volunteers.
South West Queensland Touch Association values:
- Leadership to support and guide innovative and accountable practices
- Integrity to support and guide fair, honest and ethical practices
- Professionalism to support and guide respectful and efficient practices
- Diversity to support and guide flexible, equitable and inclusive practices
- Excellence to support and guide high achievement, improvement and best practices.
South West Queensland Touch Association is responsible for:
- Providing administrative support and guidance for affiliate organisations
- Developing sustainable practices for the sport in the region
- Collaborating with partners, stakeholders and members to provide overall strategic direction and management procedures
- Growing participation
- Providing pathways for all, from grassroots to elite.
South West Queensland Touch Association will aim to:
- Maximise player participation at junior and senior levels
- Develop the professional knowledge of players, coaches, referees and volunteers by running workshops and courses
- Develop the skills of players, coaches, referees and volunteers by running and participating in high level competitions and events
- Create strategic alliances with partners and external organisations to benefit the sport
TFA HALL OF FAME MEMBERS FROM SWQTA
SWQ has a proud history in Australian, Queensland and Elite permit representation, with 3 SWQ members included in Touch Football Australia’s highest honour, the Hall of Fame.
Scott started playing Touch Football in 1982 because he felt the game suited him more than Rugby. Scott recalls the 1995 World Cup when Australia came from behind to defeat New Zealand 5-1 as a career highlight and is noted by all as a great ambassador for sport and especially for Touch Football. Scott has represented Australia in 61 Test matches, comprising of 44 World Cup and 17 Test match appearances.*
Craig will always be remembered as a character of Australian Touch Football and will be held close to the hearts of many. Craig was one of Australia’s most capped representatives and showed a determination and leadership, as well as fighting spirit that encouraged and inspired many people around him. Craig played for Australia 37 times, including 28 World Cup games as well as nine Test matches.*
At state, national and international events, Rick has excelled as a Touch Football referee. His hard work and dedication was rewarded in 1995 when he rose to the position of the world’s number one Touch Football referee, a position he held firmly for 12 years. Rick has achieved 70 International caps for his country, consisting of 46 World Cup appearances, 21 Tests and three other internationals. In 2013, the Rick Borg Medal was created, awarded to the top referee at the National Touch League.*
Our SWQ Affiliates have also been home to Gold Coast Titans player Ash Taylor (Toowoomba) and Australian Jillaroos half back Ali Briggenshaw (Ipswich), as well as Australian Rugby 7s Champions Emilee Cherry, Gemma Ethridge, Dom Du Toit, Demi Hayes and Georgie Freidricks, who began their careers playing junior touch football in Toowoomba.