Joyce Bonwick OAM passed awayin June at the age of 96 was a significant figure in the history of Queensland Athletics.
A Life Governor of Athletics Australia and a Life member of Queensland Athletics and the Thompson Estate Eastern Suburbs Club,
In which her late husband Albert was also a prominent figure and their daughters Helen and Marie both members, Joyce served for over 20 years as the Honorary Secretary of the Queensland Women's Amateur Athletics Association prior to the amalgamation of the Women's and Men's Associations in 1983 to form the present day Queensland Athletics.
Joyce was a familiar figure at the Downey Park venue for women's athletics and later when athletics moved to QEII Stadium (now QSAC).
She managed many Queensland teams to Australian Championships over the years and was a delegate to Australian Women's Amateur Athletics Association conferences as well as playing a prominent role in women's sport generally in Queensland.
Joyce was a regular Competition Official and Track Referee at National, State and Queensland Country championships, club events both Track & Field and Cross Country and was an Official at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games. Many former club athletes will remember her constant exhortations to "Tuck your shirts in!"
As well as her long and outstanding service to Athletics, Joyce was for many years the Secretary of the Queensland Division of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.
A good sportswoman in her younger days, Joyce had the distinction of representing Australia in 1934 in a women's cricket Test Match against England.
Joyce's passing follows a few short months after that of her former colleague and QWAAA President, Stella McMinn AM at the age of 93.