The NSWRL was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former NSW Premier, The Hon. John Fahey AC, aged 75.
Mr Fahey had a long and distinguished career in public service, was a driving force in securing the 2000 Olympic Games for Sydney, and was a passionate Rugby League fan.
“John was a thoroughly decent gentleman who achieved many highlights throughout his political career and his passion for the public service and the state of NSW was matched by his love for Rugby League,” NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said.
“He made a wonderful contribution to the game, as both a player and an administrator, and he will be sorely missed.”
Mr Fahey played in the lower grades for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs before becoming a patron of the club and was captain-coach of Camden and Oakdale in the Group 6 competition.
He later served in Group 6 administration as Club President, Group Vice-President and Member of the Referees Appointment Board.
After retiring from politics, Mr Fahey maintained his involvement in Rugby League and since 2002 was the inaugural patron and director of the Men of League Foundation.
He also acted as Chairman of Australian Rugby League Development Limited, which was the governing arm of Junior League development throughout Australia, and was a member of Rugby League’s Centenary Committee.
The NSWRL would like to extend its sincere condolences to his wife Colleen, his children and grandchildren, and his many family and friends.