Beau has been heavily involved within Hornets for over 15 years now. He has previously held the positions of Assistant Regional Director, Regional Media Manager and Regional Director of Referees. He has also been a part of the Regional Referees panel for several years. Beau is a previous employee of NSW Touch Association, and currently is the Executive Director of NSW Sport and Event Management. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the management committee and is always ready to help in all aspects of the organisation.
ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Wayne has been involved in touch football for several years, and his appointment to the Assistant Regional Director is heightened through his extensive involvement in touch football at a park level. Also the Hornets previous Junior Director, Wayne has been very involved through the juniors at Newcastle City for some time, and his expertise in the arm have been proven by the success of our junior Hornets sides in the 2011 and 2012 representative seasons. He brings a wealth of experience to the junior’s role, and in conjunction with his western counterparts are steaming towards more successes in the future.
Karen’s involvement within the Hornets has been instrumental in her short time as an Executive Board member. She has been a member of the Regional Referees Panel for several years, and has shown her skills through various roles at park level, including being a former President of Nelson Bay Touch Association. Karen’s role as Technical Director has seen the region benifit from a more professional and organised approach to the coaching, selecting and referee arms of our sport. Karen is a valued member of the Hornets team.
Rob White and his family have been involved in touch football for several years. He has not only represented his club and Hornets on countless occasions, but has also had the privilege of representing NSW and Australia as well. Rob has an extensive career in accounting and finance and played an integral part to the enhancement of our region.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF COACHING
Karley Banks has been a dual International for Australia in Touch and Rugby League & represented Qld in 5 sports in a 35 year involvement with sport. She has been involved in touch football as a player, coach, selector, referee, administrator, employee and volunteer in a long & distinguished association & record of service for the game in both QLD and NSW.
Karley holds a Bachelor of Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Media Studies and is a Professional High Performance Touch Football Coach by trade. She holds a Level 3 Elite Coaching Accreditation & has coached Male, Female and Mixed genres of the game in Youth, Open & Senior divisions and amassed an impressive record at School, Club, Academy, Affiliate, Regional, State, National and International level.
She is a hard working and passionate member of the Hornets Committee dedicated to providing coaching development, innovation, advancement, and performance opportunities for coaches and athletes at all levels or endeavour in the region.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF REFEREES
Amanda Draper is currently a dual international touch football referee, and has officiated from grass roots all the way through region, state, national, NRL Touch Premiership, Trans Tasman Series and World Cups. Her knowledge of the refereeing world is exceptional, and holds a key role in the success and development of referees across our entire region.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF SELECTORS
Don Green has been a stalwart for the sport of touch football in NSW and beyond. To date, Don is the longest serving member of the Hornets Management, closely followed by Beau Newell. His service to western NSW touch football has been instrumental, and is considered one of the best selectors in the country, with a mass of experience in selecting from local club, CHS, regional, state and national selections during his time with the sport. Don is a life member of the Hornets, and was recognised for his dedication to junior touch football in western NSW, by having the Hornets Western Junior Championships named in his honour. Now known as the Don Green Western Junior Championships, of which he still plays a vital role in the events success. Don is an extremely valued member of our region.
HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR
TOUR LEADER (NSW-JR & NYC)
Joel is the newest member of the Hornets Management Committee, coming to the table with a wide range of experience on and off the field. Joel is currently a Board Member of the City of Orange Touch Association, holding a great deal of love for the game. In recent years, COTA has seen an increase in junior representative development, thanks in part to Joel’s efforts. His voice for junior participants in the western part of our region is his most valuable asset. He continues to advocate for western affiliates and players, and is a valued member of our team.
Jay comes to this role as a keen advocate for players having their voice heard in the strategic planning of our future. Among Jay’s accomplishments he has represented Hornets, NSW and Australia ad various events, and has held several representative coaching roles with Hornets Touch. Jay is a valued member of our Management Committee and will represent your interest in all relevant matters. (Contact Jay via our ‘Contact Us’ page to share your views and opinions).
MEMBER PROTECTION INFORMATION OFFICER
Riley has been a stalwart of this sport for decades. His dedication to the sport and his roles, but more importantly to the affiliates and membership he has worked with is unparalleled anywhere in the Touch Footballing network across Australia. Having worked for NSW Touch Football as a Development Manager, Riley’s knowledge of our landscape is an extremely valuable asset to the Hornets region.
UNIFORM & MERCHANDISE COORDINATOR
MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Deacon is the newest member of the Regional Management Team. Coming with a background in photography and affiliate volunteering, Deacon is a valued member of our team. Charges with leading the social media platforms for our region, his input and engagement with touch football members across the region is invaluable to the work we do.