Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Kris­tine Tar­bert

IT ALL started when an am­bi­tious 19-year-old rugby league player was asked to be­come trea­surer of the newly es­tab­lished St Marys Rugby League Club.

Now, in recog­ni­tion of his years of ser­vice to busi­ness and com­merce through the sports/en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and to West­ern Syd­ney, Pan­thers chief ex­ec­u­tive War­ren Wil­son has been ap­pointed a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Australia (AM) on the Queen’s Birth­day 2015 Honours List.

“I was stunned ... when I got the first let­ter to say I had been nom­i­nated,” Mr Wil­son said. “I was over­whelmed and hon­oured; a com­bi­na­tion of a whole lot of emo­tions.”

Mr Wil­son has suc­cess­fully com­bined his love of league with a dis­tin­guished busi­ness ca­reer.

Af­ter St Marys, Mr Wil­son over­saw a highly ef­fec­tive re­struc­tur­ing dur­ing his ten­ure as chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sky Chan­nel and then chief ex­ec­u­tive at TAB Ltd.

He be­came Pan­thers Group chief in 2012 and im­me­di­ately be­gan cham­pi­oning fun­da­men­tal changes which took the club from the brink of in­sol­vency to the po­si­tion of strength and sta­bil­ity it en­joys to­day.

“I would love for it to be com­pul­sory for ev­ery kid in Australia to be in­volved in sport for the team as­pect, the ethics, the ac­tiv­ity and the fit­ness,” Mr Wil­son said.


Pan­thers chief War­ren Wil­son, with St Marys Rugby League Club play­ers Taime Paul and Will White, has been ap­pointed a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Australia.

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