Inspiration comes from strength of Ackermans
Jul
4
2015


It has been a pretty tough couple of weeks for all involved with rugby league after the passing of Falcons player James Ackerman.

As the chairman of the club I just wanted to thank everyone for their overwhelming support for the Ackerman family and the Falcons Club, it has truly been amazing.

I thought I would share with you the club message that I delivered at James' funeral on Wednesday, it sums up, if possible the thoughts and emotions at the club.

"On Saturday the 20th June at Bishop Park it was the beginning of the end but also the start of a beginning. The tragedy that unfolded and the loss of a young man is very hard to put into words, also it's is extremely difficult for James friends and team mates, old and new as many have never had to deal with something like this. James was doing something he loved, something that takes courage to play and many of us will need plenty of courage to continue on.

The family have set the standard that we all need to follow, to say their courage has been outstanding would be an understatement, it has led the way.

The loss has fortified friendships, renewed old ones and started new friendships and all inspired by James, the man he was and his family.

At the Falcons Club we have been inspired by the overwhelming offers of support from around the country and we are eternally grateful, our focus for the immediate future will be about spirit, not winning or losing but about what we are, who we are and how we conduct ourselves, and how we must honour Ackers memory, and continue to support his family.

The jersey will be retired permanently so that in years to come when someone asks why there is no number 8 there will be a story to be told, a memory to be had and a legacy to uphold.

This year our motto has been Our Team, Our Town but it is plain to us all that it is actually Our Game, Our Rugby League Community and Our James Ackerman."

This afternoon at Sunshine Coast Stadium the club lines up against the Mackay Cutters, a hard enough job normally but today is to a level that I hope no other club ever has to go to.

Today is a tribute to James Ackerman and an opportunity to show support to his family.

As I said above the score is irrelevant, but the effort, physically, mentally and spiritually will have to be massive.

It is an opportunity to pay tribute to a fine young man, please feel free to come and join us, as the last two weeks has proved to me that we are all in this together, thank you.

Just on another note is very hard to thank everyone but I must single out Simon Ball and the staff ate the Stadium they have been wonderful through the season and particularly over the last two going above and beyond which means a lot to our club.

 

Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

Upcoming Events
03
23
2019
QLD State Dragon Boat Titles are once again being held on Kawana Lake, come along and check out all the action across 2 days!
03
24
2019
KSP Field 5. Round 8

4:00pm - Senior Mens
03
23
2019
QLD State Dragon Boat Titles are once again being held on Kawana Lake, come along and check out all the action across 2 days!
03
24
2019
KSP Field 5. Round 8

4:00pm - Senior Mens
03
31
2019
Round 4

Kick off: 3.30pm
03
31
2019
It's on again! Walk, run, skip or jump to raise funds to support Sunshine Coast patients & their families.
04
06
2019
Round 5

Kick off: 5.00pm
04
07
2019
KSP Field 5. Round 10

4:00pm - Senior Mens
04
13
2019
Falcons v Easts Tigers: 12:45pm

Rabbitohs v Warriors: 3:00pm
04
13
2019
In a Round 5 clash the South Sydney Rabbitohs will play the New Zealand Warriors at Sunshine Coast Stadium!
04
27
2019
Round 8
Kick-Off: 5:00pm
04
28
2019
KSP Field 5. Round 12

4:00pm - Senior Mens
05
03
2019
Sunshine Coast Stadium will be hosting the 2019 School Sport National Triathlon Championships across three exciting says!
05
12
2019
KSP Field 5. Round 14

4:00pm - Senior Mens
05
18
2019
Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Sunshine Coast community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.
05
19
2019
A fun family-friendly day of demonstrations, information displays and a great way to learn more about our emergency services.
06
27
2019
Round 12
Kick-off: 2:30pm
06
02
2019
Sunshine Coast Colour Walk / Run, a colourful day for everyone!

You can Walk, Jog, Run or a mix of it all. It’s completely self-paced.
06
15
2019
Bringing the best players from across Queensland to compete across two massive days, get ready to catch the 2019 Tri Series at Sunshine Coast Stadium! With QLD Country and QLD City merit teams chosen from this event in each age group, it's going to be an epic Tri Series!
06
16
2019
Round 18
4:00pm - Senior Mens
06
29
2019
06
29
2019
Round 20
4:00pm - Senior Mens
07
14
2019
Round 19
Kick off: 2:30pm
07
14
2019
Round 22
4:00pm - Senior Mens
08
03
2019
Round 19
Kick off: 5:00pm
08
11
2019
Round 25
4:00pm - Senior Mens
08
17
2019
08
25
2019
Round 27
4:00pm - Senior Mens
09
01
2019
Round 23
Kick off: 2:30pm
See all Events

Have your next event at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Make a Booking
What's On

Become a Volunteer

Find out more

Like us on Facebook

Find out more

Follow us on Twitter

Find out more

Follow us on Instagram

Find out more
Latest News
Oct
8
2018

Sheppard to feature in the Under the Southern Stars festival

Under the Southern Stars summer festival will deliver music lovers the ulti..
read more
May
21
2018

Sunshine Coast Fire 2018 July School Holiday Camp

Sunshine Coast FC’s July Holiday Camp will be held from Mond..
read more
See all News