Thursday, February 23, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Raiders Ready For 2023

On Wednesday, February 15, the Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders Rugby Union held its annual general meeting at the Whitsunday Sportspark clubhouse.

The 2023 committee was formed and discussions around this year’s plans were held, with Steve Ward taking the reigns as president, Leanne Hoffman and Maddy Spruce as Senior and Junior Secretary, and Hanny Spence as Treasurer.

Trent Elson retired as President, joining Andre and Karla Houston, who announced they would be stepping down as well after a momentous five years on the executive committee -- they have taken the mighty Raiders from strength to strength and are commended for steering the club to several minor premierships and an unmatched history of more wins than any other regional club.

New President, Steve Ward, was also quick to praise Andre with his passion for coaching not only for the Raiders as well as leading the way to take the boys to representative teams.

“This season will give Andre the time to dedicate his wisdom and experience into taking our team to the next level with his coaching skills,” Mr Ward said.

The remainder of the committee was formed by general committee members Davina Briskey, Jasmin Reynolds, Toni Ward, Sharron Pratt, Craig Spence..

“We’re also proud to announce our womens representative, Shakaya Costello, and our Men’s representative, Shakane Costello,” Mr Ward said.

The 2023 coaches for Senior Mens will be Andre Houston, Craig Spence, and Steve Ward, while proudly heading up the club’s Senior Womens will be Nathan Sainsbury and Maddy Spruce.

The Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders Rugby Union 2023 Coaching Staff, Andre Houston, Nathan Sainsbury, Craig Spence, and Steve Ward

Raiders executive committee members for 2023 Maddy Spruce, Leanne Hoffman, Hanny Spence, and Steve Ward

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