The Southern Downs is filled with pride as Lions come to town

The Southern Downs Regional Council’s commitment to leadership will be on display again in February when the Brisbane Lions come to Warwick.Brisbane Lions Player Delissa Kimmince

Star players Sabrina Frederick, Michael Close, Oscar McInerney and Warwick’s own Delissa Kimmince will be showing local juniors the tricks of the trade, while coaching staff will deliver leadership sessions to local students and businesses.

AFL Queensland has worked hard with the local Redbacks Football Club to make sure the Lion’s best talent is in Warwick.

On Tuesday, 21 February students at Scots PGC will enjoy a skills session before the Redbacks host a Super Clinic from 4.30pm-6.30pm.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said that she is thrilled to have four of the Lions best players travel to Warwick.

Brisbane Lions Coach Chris Fagan “We will also have the new Lions Coach, Chris Fagan and the new General Manager of Football, David Noble here and they will be addressing two functions on 22 February.

“As a part of our commitment to a healthy and active community, Chris and David will speak at a Mayoral Leadership Breakfast at Scots College. They will be speaking about making healthy choices and we will be inviting our region’s school leaders as well as all members of the community.

“We want the community to hear from the elite about the commitment that is needed to be successful and we hope that they will be able to implement the skills and habits to be successful themselves,” said Cr Dobie.

This will be the first event of this type for the new Coach and General Manager of Football, another first for the Southern Downs.

Council will be hosting a second event on February 22, at Warwick Town Hall, Palmerin Street from 8.30am, which will be aimed at business and community leaders.

Portfolio Councillor for Regional Promotion and Tourism, Rod Kelly said that it was great to have these two highly experienced executives in the region willing to pass on their knowledge about creating a winning culture.

“Opportunities like this are rare. These men are the best of the best and I would encourage anyone who is in business in the Southern Downs to get to Town Hall to hear the message.

“Sport and business have a lot in common; it takes team work, commitment, effort and an eye on the goal to be successful in both arenas,” Cr Kelly said.

“Council is committed to supporting local businesses and bringing speakers of this calibre is one small area where we can help,” said Deputy Mayor Jo McNally.

“We all strive to be the best we can be and if we can learn some tips from the experts along the way, it makes it so much easier,” she said.

Chris Fagan was an assistant coach at the Melbourne Football Club between 1999 and 2007, during which the club reached the 2000 AFL Grand Final, where they lost to Essendon. He served two roles at the Hawthorn Football Club between 2008 and 2016, where he was instrumental in the club's 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015 premiership victories. He was head of coaching and development between 2008 and mid-2013, while he was general manager of football alongside Alastair Clarkson between mid-2013 and the end of 2016. On 4 October 2016 he was appointed as the senior coach of the Brisbane Lions, replacing Justin Leppitsch.

For more information or to RSVP for the business event please contact Council on or phone 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).


Skills Sessions
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
1:30pm – 3:30pm: School visit at Scots PGC
4:30pm – 6:30pm: Super clinic and club sign on at Redbacks Football Club

Mayor’s Leadership Breakfast
Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 6:45am-8am
Scots College Dining Hall, East Street, Warwick
Guests: Mayor Tracy Dobie - Southern Downs Regional Council; Chris Fagan, Coach - Brisbane Lions; David Noble, General Manager – Brisbane Lions; and Brisbane Lions players Sabrina Frederick, Michael Close, Oscar McInerney and Delissa Kimmince.

Business Session
Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 9am-10am
Warwick Town Hall, Palmerin Street, Warwick
Guests: David Keenan, CEO – Southern Downs Regional Council; Chris Fagan, Coach – Brisbane Lions; and David Noble, General Manager – Brisbane Lions.

Images courtesy of the Brisbane Lions

​  Brisbane Lions on field  Brisbane Lions mascot and young players

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