The Sydney Swans would like to congratulate Brian Bourke (AM), Gabrielle Trainor (AO) and Antony Green (AO), who were yesterday recognised with Queen’s Birthday honours.
Brian Bourke is a QC specialising in criminal law, an accomplished author and one of the greats of the Swans. A Sydney Swans Life Member, he was appointed to the Victorian Bar in 1960 and in the same year joined the South Melbourne Football Club as a Committee Member, serving in that role for six years before being named the Swans Chairman, a role he held from 1967-72. In addition, Bourke sat on the AFL Tribunal from 1976-82 and served on the AFL Appeals Board in the 2000s.
Bourke was honoured as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the law and the legal profession, to Australian rules football, and to the community”.
Gabrielle Trainor, a journalist, lawyer and public-sector executive, was an inaugural member of the AFL NSW/ACT Commission. When the GWS Giants entered the AFL, Trainor was an inaugural Board member, before being appointed to the AFL Commission in 2016.
Trainor was recognised as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the community through consultancy roles, particularly in the field of transport and infrastructure planning and design, and as a contributor to social welfare, sporting and cultural institutions”.
Meanwhile Antony Green is a Sydney Swans ambassador. A political analyst, Green is synonymous with election night as he has covered Australia's state and federal elections since 1989.
Green has been honoured as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to broadcast media and the community as a key interpreter of Australian democracy”.