|Rod McQueen Park
When the Caloundra based Wallabies succeeded in winning the World Cup in November 1999, Rod McQueen became Australia’s most successful national coach.
His team had already won back the Bledisloe Cups against New Zealand and notched up record victories against all the major rugby nations.
He played 173 first Grade Matches for Sydney Club, Warringham, then went on to coach the top grade into grade finals. He successfully coached the NSW Waratahs and was foundation coach of the ACT Brumbies.
While based in Caloundra Rod’s team held the Webb Ellis Cup, Bledisloe Cup, Cook Cup, Mandela Plate, Tri-Nations Trophy, Lansdowne Cup and the Hopetown Cup.
He is just as well known for his achievements with Surf Life Saving, a life member of the Collaroy Club, after more than 25 years his fierce competitive streak was evident everywhere, but no more so then when rowing as stroke in the Senior Surfboat crews.
McQueen helped win five state championships and two silver medals in the Australian titles.
As well as representing the state he also captained the NSW team on three occasions each time undefeated.
In the 2003 Australia Day Honours list Rod was awarded an AM.