Major General’s Major Role with the Townsville Fire

March 12, 2022 | Townsville Fire news

Major General’s Major Role with the Townsville Fire

The Fire has made a timely announcement ahead of it Defence round clash with Southside. The Australian Army’s Major General Scott Winter will take on an ambassador role with Townsville and he couldn’t be prouder to become a patron of the club.

“I am so chuffed and honoured. The Fire stole a bit of my heart during the time I spent up here in Townsville so to get the opportunity to work with the club in this official capacity, is an enormous one, that I take very seriously.”

He’ll take pride in promoting our women, with the Fire’s values resonating with him.

“I look forward to doing that all around Australia, absolutely. I really see the patron role as me helping the Fire to tell their story and it’s a really good story. It’s one of leadership, it’s one of good role models, you know particularly strong female role models. And explaining to people how a values based organisation can make an impact in the community.”

Fire General Manager Sam Pascoe expects the Major General’s exceptional leadership skills to have an impact on every person at the club, from the players to the staff and the board.

“Both myself and our coach Shannon Seebohm have worked with Scott for a number of years now in a non-official capacity and he’s someone that we’ve really leaned on as a mentor. Scott spent two years in the Pentagon and there were still questions and answers going back and forth via emails. So this is not a new relationship but definitely a strengthening of it.”

Townsville will aim to play with military precision against the Flyers on Sunday. Chair of the Board Glenys Schutner emphasised the importance of the hosts’ camouflage strip.

“We’re absolute delighted to wear the rising sun on our jersey so we where it with great pride.”

The Army and Emergency services will battle it out for the Batkovic-Winter Cup before the main game. Townsville Police Chief Superintendent Craig Hanlon hopes it’ll be third time lucky for his side.

“Forget about policing day to day they’ll be measured on how they go on the court. They’ve got one option, win or they get transferred, it’s as simple as that.”

Lieutenant Colonel Grant Shottenkirk didn’t discuss tactics, talking up the tussle.

“I don’t want to give away too many secrets I’ll leave that up to the coach of the team.”

The action gets underway at 11am.