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Sad news for the Golden Oldies Rugby Community
with the PASSING OF ALLAN FORNO.
“We are deeply saddened at Golden Oldies Rugby to report that Allan Forno passed away on October 27th. Allan indeed created an enormous number of friends during his involvement with Golden Oldies Rugby that stretches back to 1985 when Paul Gleeson invited him to become the Australian representative of the Golden Oldies Rugby movement. It was no surprise that Forno should play an active role in the game. He played rugby all his life through school and to representative level and coached.
Allan was interviewed for our 21st commemorative book and told Lynn McConnell, “When my local club, Eastwood, decided to enter a team in the 1983 Sydney Festival, I was playing in the Frothonians which was organised by the famous Geoff Harvey, musical director for Channel 9. It was a team made up of ex-grade players who had attained Golden Oldies classification. “Once rugby is in the blood it is hard to resist the chance to pull the boots on again, no matter to what level. The camaraderie you experience with your teams from juniors through to Golden Oldies may be different across the ages but is still full of good memories,” he said. “A famous man once told me, ‘Golden Oldies provided rugby with an experience from womb to tomb’.
A rugby man through and through Allan believed Golden Oldies rugby would flourish as long as there are players retiring from competitive rugby and looking to find a way to stay fit and involved with the game. Backing him in his involvement with Golden Oldies all the way was wife Joan who had a long involvement in Australian women’s rugby. She played a key role in the festival administration and each are recipients of the Australian Sports Medal.
When VSL took over the management of Golden Oldies Rugby in 2012, Allan took the change in his stride and became a valued mentor, sounding board and adviser to the new Golden Oldies management team. He will be sadly missed by all Golden Oldies Rugby teams and players who enjoyed his company and the usual vibrant conversations that Allan enjoyed.
He leaves a huge hole in the Golden Oldies and we extend our sympathies to Joan and his family.”
Peter McDermott, Executive Director, VSL
THE Three principles THAT every GOLDEN OLDIES WORLD Rugby Festival is built ON.
1. To provide players from any country an environment in which sportsmanship and camaraderie thrive. The Festivals are founded on Fun, Friendship and Fraternity for those who have retired from serious competitive play, but wish to continue participating in their favourite sport for sheer enjoyment.
2. To provide an environment for participants to play against others who still prefer to play games more competitively, the opportunity to do so against like-minded teams, but still remaining dedicated to playing in a spirit of goodwill.
3. To provide opportunities for team members and their spouses or partners to travel, create new friendships and renew old acquaintances.
YEARS THAT GOLDEN OLDIES RUGBY HAS BEEN GOING
Since 1979 the Golden Oldies family has been crossing the globe. Denver will be the 23rd World Rugby Festival and the third time the event will be held on mainland USA.
AGE OF OUR OLDEST GOLDEN OLDIES RUGBY PLAYER
Think you're too old to play? Golden Oldies Rugby has a number of different grades with rule variations that make sure everyone can play without being hurt.
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TEAMS WE EXPECT TO ATTEND
At the latest Golden Oldies Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand - we had over 100 teams participating from around the world. In Denver we expect that number to be even higher.
Christchurch was our first World Rugby Festival and it’s fair to say that the experience far exceeded all our expectations.
The organisation and coordination of the event was, in our humble view, top-shelf! The value received for our entry – from the hotel, to the meals, to the transportation, to the game day experience and all the warm hospitality extended to us – was exceptional.
Our Old Boys crew enjoyed the experience so much that it was an easy decision for us to pony up the entry fee for Denver 2020 the moment that event was announced. Can't wait!