At Twin Towns AGM in May, members voted unanimously to endorse a resolution that saw retired Twin Towns Board Director Ross O’Leary honoured with Life Membership.

Ross was elected to the Board in 2008, where he has been an active participant until his resignation in February 2023. During this time, he was a representative on many of the Board’s internal sub-committees where he was respected for his participation and enthusiasm.

In his younger years, Ross trained to become a butcher. He was also an avid Rugby League player.

With not a lot of money in butchering at the time, Ross decided to supplement his income by playing professional Rugby League.

The sport took him to Parramatta where he played in 1959/60 before moving to Illawarra where he competed up to representational level for nine years.

His income from football gave him the opportunity to develop and manage three butcher shops in Padstow, Strathfield and Tempe. Many members will now identify where Ross’ love of barbeques comes from!

Ross and his partner Jo moved to Banora Point in 2002 where he immediately showed his commitment to the area by joining Twin Towns.

He also joined South Tweed Seniors Rugby League Club and became the catering and sponsorship officer. He also moved to a similar role with South Tweed Juniors Rugby League Club.

In 2003, Ross took up bowls at Club Banora. A short time later, he was elected to the position of Sponsorship and Catering officer on the Bowls Committee.

Ross continues to be involved in that capacity to this day but now also advocates for the development of junior bowls at Club Banora.

The Board of Directors, Management and staff wish Ross success in his future activities and in particular, his desire to grow the sport of bowls through junior participation.