Pamela Willmette OAM (dec)


Pam Willmette started her playing career with the Barbarians club (1957) where she was a founding team member, captain of the team and club president. As Pam Wedupp, she played for NSW from 1959 to 1961 and also in 1963.

Pam managed the NSW State women’s team for 6 years in the sixties and early ’70s. She also coached the State women’s team in 1968 and 1969 and was a State women’s selector from 1964 to 1981. Pam managed the State U20 women’s tours to New Zealand in 1972 and 1973 and was the Head of the delegation for the NSW women’s tours to Hong Kong, Taiwan (1978), Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia (1981).

In the 1970’s Pam managed the Sutherland Association women’s team, coached Grafton to a State Division 2 championship, coached Illawarra Under 17’s and Sutherland Under 18’s. She was the NSW delegate to the Australian Women’s Council from 1962 to 1981 and coached the Parramatta Under 20 team in 1983.

Perhaps her best-known roles were as Treasurer of the ABU Women’s Council ( 1965-81), Australian Women’s selector ( 1968-1971), and team manager of the Australian women’s teams ( Brazil 1971, Japan-China 1974 and Colombia 1975). She received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 1977, the Order of Australia ( OAM) in 1981 and is a Life member of BNSW and the Australian Women’s Council.

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