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Barrie Cox

Barrie joined Redlands Centre in 1984 with his two daughters, Kelly and Megan.

He was a committee member from 1986 and served on the committee for over 20 years, including four years as Centre Manager. He was part of the team that assisted with the relocation of the Redlands Centre to Cleveland High School.

Barrie served on the Zone and Regional committee for over 20 years, including one season as Zone Coordinator. He took on the role of technical and equipment guru for the Region and was always on hand at Zone and Regional competitions to help with the technical and equipment side of the competition. Barrie spent many a night sleeping on High Jump mats on school ovals during Regional competitions to ensure the equipment was safe overnight!

Barrie was a valued member of the LAQ Competition Committee for 15 years and was also an Area Liaison Officer for the South East Region for a number of years.

At LAQ competitions and events, Barrie was the Equipment Officer for five years and Technical Manager for 27 years from 1995 to 2022. He was instrumental in ensuring LAQ’s competition equipment was of the highest standard and was always on hand at competitions to make sure other officials had what they needed in order to run their events. Barrie was always recognisable buzzing around the track in the green LAQ buggy at all of the LAQ carnivals and championships, which has now been named ‘Barrie’s Buggy’.

Nationally, Barrie officiated at all five Australian Little Athletics Championships held in Queensland between 1989 and 2018.

Beyond Little Athletics, Barrie was also a highly respected and valued official for Queensland Athletics, Athletics Australia and Oceania Athletics. His international appointments included the 2001 Goodwill Games, World Athletics Veterans Association Championships, 2018 Commonwealth Games and Oceania Championships and events held in New Zealand, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and Melanesia. His involvement at this level shows that Little Athletics can be a platform to travel the world!

Barrie has been rewarded with many honours and awards for his contribution to Little Athletics. These include:

  • Redlands Little Athletics Centre Life Membership
  • LAQ Distinguished Merit Award 2007
  • LAQ Official of the Year 2009
  • LAQ Life Membership 2012

You won’t find anyone in our sport that has contributed the significant amount of hours as a volunteer than Barrie. Following his unexpected passing in 2022, Barrie was honoured by LAQ with the naming of the “Barrie Cox Memorial Volunteer of the Year” award in recognition of Barrie’s outstanding contribution to Little Athletics.

Barrie was a tremendous servant to Little Athletics for 38 years and he sadly passed away in 2022.