Join us in wishing Amy Burow, Life Member of Athletics Victoria, a happy one hundredth birthday.
Mrs Burow has been involved with athletics since she joined the newly formed Victorian Women’s Amateur Athletic Association (VWAAA) at Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club in 1934 at 15 years of age. She has maintained a strong connection in the Australian athletics movement over the past 85 years.
It was clear that at an early age Mrs Burow showed great commitment to supporting women’s athletics and to volunteering more generally. Just short of her 17th birthday Mrs Burow was elected the Treasurer of the athletic club and in 1942 was appointed State Treasurer of VWAAA. Both of these roles she served concurrently until taking some leave from the committees to support her husband and start a family. Between 1942 and 1956 she maintained her active connection with the Eastern Suburbs club in less formal ways.
In 1956 Mrs Burow returned to be an extremely active and supportive role model in women’s athletics. A connection she has continued without interruption since.
Between 1956 and the amalgamation of the men’s and women’s competition as Athletics Victoria in 1982 Mrs Burow was:
- Official, Judge, and Referee for VWAAA;
- Organizer and Referee for VWAAA State Championships;
- Elected Club Representative to State Executive Committee; and
- Elected member of State Board of VWAAA.
Between 1964 and 1982 Mrs Burow was the Vice President of VWAAA. In this role Mrs Burow oversaw great changes in the management, structure and funding of athletics in Australia. The amalgamation provided a great number of challenges and it was only through strong and dedicated leadership demonstrated by Mrs Burow that the a large number of these issues were able to be addressed and that the large number of volunteers remained engaged and continued to provide their support to athletics.
In 1971 Mrs Burow was appointed the Competition Manager of the brand new sports facility at the Doncaster East Athletic Track. Mrs Burow continued to manage all VWAAA competitions at this venue through in to 1983. Concurrent with these other commitments Mrs Burow was the Convener of Athletics Officials for VWAAA between 1976 and 1982 and managed the transition of all events and officials in to the new structure of Athletics Victoria in 1982/83.
Mrs Burow has been appointed as a Life Member Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club, a Life Member Victorian Women’s Amateur Athletic Association and a Life Member Athletics Australia. She has also received the Merit Award and Platinum Service Award from Athletics Australia.
Even today, Mrs Burow remains a strong supporter and advocate for female athletes through her Directorship on the Maisie McQuiston Foundation as well as for young athletes as Treasurer of the Torch Club. Both of these philanthropic organisations were co-founded 37 years ago by Mrs Burow and are active in providing financial support for these targeted groups.
Mrs Burow is a very respected role model and well-loved member of the local community. She is a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and is affectionately known as ‘Ma’ to all who come in contact with her.
We thank Mrs Burow for her contribution to athletics and wish her all the best as she celebrates another remarkable milestone.
Summary of Service
- 2019 is the 85th anniversary of commencement with athletics
- Joined Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club in 1934
- Committee member, Treasurer and Vice President of VWAAA
- Official, Judge, Referee as well as Convener of Athletics Officials
- Co-founder of Torch Club to support junior athletes
- Co-founder of Maisie McQuiston Foundation to support female athletes
- Treasurer of Torch Club, held position for 37 years
- Director of Maisie McQuiston Foundation, held position for 37 years
Service to Athletics
- 1934 joined Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club, remained member until club amalgamation in 1979
- 1934 – 1945 state grade athlete (sprinter) for Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club
- 1936 – 1945 elected to Committee of Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club
- 1936 – 1945 elected as Treasurer of Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club
- 1942 – 1945 appointed State Treasurer of Victorian Women’s Amateur Athletic Association (VWAAA)
- 1945 – 1956 continued connection with Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club while starting family and supporting husband suffering from war illnesses
- 1956 – 1983 Official, Judge, and Referee for VWAAA
- 1956 – 1983 Organizer and Referee for VWAAA State Championships
- 1956 – 1983 Elected Club Representative to State Executive Committee
- 1956 – 1983 Elected member of State Board of VWAAA
- 1964 – 1982 Elected Vice President of VWAAA
- 1971 – 1983 Manager of VWAAA competition at Doncaster East Athletic Track
- 1976 – 1982 Convener of Athletics Officials VWAAA
(1982 Finalisation of amalgamation of men’s and women’s competitions)
- 1982-1983 Convener of Athletics Officials, Athletics Victoria
- 1982 – 1983 Director on Inaugural VAAA/Athletics Victoria Board
- 1982 Co-founder of Torch Club to support junior athletes
- since 1982 Inaugural Treasurer of Torch Club
- 1982 Co-founder of Maisie McQuiston Foundation to support female athletes
since 1982 Inaugural Director of Maisie McQuiston Foundation
Summary of Awards
- Life Member Eastern Suburbs Women’s Amateur Athletic Club
- Life Member Victorian Women’s Amateur Athletic Association
- Life Member Athletics Australia
- Merit Award Athletics Australia
- Platinum Service Award Athletics Australia
- News Limited Services to Sport Award 2009