Sportsman of the Year


(Introduced in 1981)
(Replacing the Perpetual Trophy awarded to the Best Platoon in the Nudgee Cadet Corp 1938) (Photo)

This Annual Perpetual Trophy is named for its donor, Old Boy James Joseph Delahunty, who attended St Joseph's College, Nudgee from 1917 to 1925. (Photo)

James was prominent in Debating, Public Speaking, Studies and Sport. At Nudgee, he played in the First XIII Rugby League, First IV (Tennis) and XI (Cricket) and also represented the school in Swimming and Athletics. It is fitting that this Trophy, is given annually to the Outstanding Sportsman/s of the Year, as James was such a fine all-rounder. (Jas. is the English abbreviation for James, which he used in business.)

On leaving school, James studied Pharmacy at the old School of Pharmacy, George Street, Brisbane City and was a resident at St Leo's University College (then in Wickham Terrace) for 11 years, as he was orphaned at Nudgee. In his final year of Pharmacy, James won the Minnis Gold Medal. It was at St Leo's, that he developed a love for Rowing. He became very actively associated with this sport for many years, first as a participant and later as an administrator. He was President of the Queensland Rowing Council for fifteen years and the Australian President for three years during that period.

The Delahunty Family has long been associated with Nudgee College. James was president of the Old Boys' Association 1948-49, representing the school on the GPS sport committee in the 1950's and helped make the Annual Nudgee Ball (always held on the evening prior to the EKKA Show Holiday) one of Queensland's social events of the year.

James's two brothers John E (NC 1925-28) and later Christian Brother, Br Bernard (de Sales) Delahunty (1925-26) were also excellent sportsmen at Nudgee.

James's two sons, John (1953-56) represented the school in middle distance running, swimming and rugby. James (Junior) (1959-62), also a Pharmacist represented Nudgee First XV and GPS Third XV in Rugby. He swam in the U16 GPS winning relay in 1961.He went on to play for Brothers Rugby and represent QLD U19.

James's two grandsons carried on his fine tradition. Brendan (NC 1997 – 2000) was No.3 (tight head prop) in the un-defeated Nudgee premiership First XV in 2000. He played in the GPS First XV. He was selected in the Queensland and Australian Schools Teams that played against Ireland and New Zealand. Seamus (NC 2002 – 2005) played in the First XV 2004 and 2005 and represented the school in Rowing and Water Polo. He was Vice Captain of Boats 2005.

(See Nudgee Sport 1891-91 Page 378 by Br Darcy Murphy cfc)

(The Family's current address is PO Box 125, SPRING HILL QLD 4004)

November 2008