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Awarded for service to Sport and Recreation
Born: 24 April 1953
Entered on roll: 2015
Athletics has been a passion for Rosemary Coleman since her children started competing at Little Athletics. From there, she became a prominent coach of young Tasmanian athletes and a leading athletics administrator, and assisted with the education of new coaches.
Rosemary’s commitment to her children’s sport had rewards for her family, community and the state. Both of Rosemary’s sons became national champions and represented Australia in athletics, and Rosemary has coached numerous state and national champion athletes.
Rosemary has been an official with Athletics Tasmania since 1993 holding a number of positions in that time. She has been the Tasmanian Manager for Athletics Tasmania for the past 15 years, the last 10 being the State General Manager. This position involves managing a team of between 50 to 120 children, liaising with parents and athletes and ensuring the safety and welfare of the children who are representing their state. She continues to volunteer as an official at the Sydney Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and many National Track and Field Athletics and Cross Country Championship events.
Since 1997 Rosemary has been a Coach, Secretary, President and committee member with the Old Virgilians Athletics Club. From 1994 to 2002 she was Secretary and President of the East Derwent Little Athletics Club, and she has been the President of the Tasmanian Race Walking Club since 2004.
Rosemary’s paid employment is as a teacher assistant at St Virgil’s College where she works with students with intellectual and learning disability. She is also the school’s Athletics Coach, which involves coaching athletes before and after school.
Prior to working as a teacher assistant, Rosemary worked for 30 years as a Paediatric Nurse in Darwin and Tasmania, and was responsible for screening the Kosovo refugee children when they were housed at Brighton Army Camp.