History of the QPA

History of the Queensland Polocrosse Association Inc.

The Queensland Polocrosse Association Incorporated (QPA) was formed in September 1957 with clubs from Cairns in the north to Goondiwindi in the south, Mt Isa in the west to Gold Coast in the east. At any given tournament you might find professional and business people, politicians, trades-people, farmers and school teachers all competing and mixing together. Their common characteristics are a love of sport, horses and a competitive spirit.

Some players are content with weekend participation while others strive for representative honours. Polocrosse is a family sport played by people of all ages and abilities from juniors to veterans, beginners to experts. Often Polocrosse tournaments are the main social outing for the family who travel, play and camp together.

Queensland has hosted many International Test events over the years including visiting teams from New Zealand, Zimbabwe, New Guinea and the best of the World Team against Australia in 1988, the inaugural World Cup – Morgan Park, Warwick in 2003 and again the 2nd World Cup at Morgan Park, Warwick in April 2007.

Volunteers are vital to our organisation. Like many sports, the QPA relies heavily on its volunteer network who provide a valued service that makes a huge difference to many people’s lives. The management of their sport and the sporting, economic and social benefits brought about by its activities within rural communities depends on what they can offer to encourage future growth.

The QPA is governed by an elected Management Committee and comprises 42 clubs across 6 Zones. A full time State Administrator is also employed, located in QPA House at 108 Russell St Toowoomba.

The QPA is a non-government, Not-For-Profit organization, incorporated 27th June 1988, Incorporation Certificate Number 4440

For a list of the recipients of the A.E. Earle Memorial Patrons Trophy, QPA Life Members, the QPA Hall of Fame Members and passed Presidents and State umpires click here.

QPA Vision

The vision of the QPA is aligned with the national vision of the National polocrosse body, the Polocrosse Association of Australia (PAA):

The Queensland Polocrosse Association Management, Coaches, Officials and volunteers will strive to provide quality service and personal achievement in all aspects of Polocrosse programs and operations with a particular focus on growth, development, and performance

QPA Mission

Develop the sport of Polocrosse throughout Queensland as a fiscally responsible and sustainable organisation that provides programs in the areas of coaching, umpiring and athlete development to such a degree as to make the sport enjoyable, well run and safe for all participants and visitors, and retains the existing member base and attracts new members of whatever colour, gender, race or disability who may wish to participate in the sport.

QPA Values

Family orientated environment

Friendly and happy atmosphere

Value, respect and inclusion of all stakeholders

Social interaction and responsibility

Development, improvement and achievement for all

Strong and positive culture involvement

Quality, equity and safety for all

Fun and enjoyment

Fairness and integrity

QPA Goals

Growth

Strong governance

Sustainability