These people's actions have helped to shape Southport Sharks Australian football history-one of Queensland’s most successful clubs. Their contribution ranges from generous donations, to administrative guidance and coaching excellence. Whilst their contributions to the club may differ, they are all united by a passion for promoting the Australian Football League (AFL) at a local level on the Gold Coast.

Game Changers | Board of Directors | Key Contributors | Patrons | Life Members | Player Life Members

Game Changers

Alan Doc Mackenzie

Dr Alan Mackenzie

President

Dr Alan Mackenzie

President

If they were to do a blood test on Dr Alan Mackenzie, they would probably find black and white coursing through his veins. It is doubtful if there has ever been a record, in administration, anywhere in Australia to match that of the ‘Doc’. Dr Mackenzie’s life at Southport began early in the 1970s when

Alan Doc Mackenzie

Wally Fankhauser

03.03.1922 – 11.12.1995

Wally Fankhauser

03.03.1922 – 11.12.1995

THE grandson of German immigrants, the late Wally Fankhauser is one of the major reasons why the Southport Sharks enjoy being the envy of sporting clubs nationwide. It was his $2 million donation that set up the move of the club from Owen Park in Southport to a ground at Musgrave Hill, one which now

Gerry Carmody

10.12.1949 - 18.08.2011

Gerry Carmody

10.12.1949 - 18.08.2011

GERRY Carmody was standing enjoying a beer at the Down Under Bar of the Pacific Hotel one night late in 1974, minding his own business, when he somehow became elected as treasurer of the Southport AFC. From then on Carmody was associated with the Southport committee, mostly as secretary and treasurer until his death in 2011, part of

Board of Directors

Alan Doc Mackenzie

Dr Alan Mackenzie

President

Dr Alan Mackenzie

President

If they were to do a blood test on Dr Alan Mackenzie, they would probably find black and white coursing through his veins. It is doubtful if there has ever been a record, in administration, anywhere in Australia to match that of the ‘Doc’. Dr Mackenzie’s life at Southport began early in the 1970s when

Alan Doc Mackenzie

Bob Langford

Vice President

Bob Langford

Vice President

Bob has been Vice President of the Southport Sharks since 2004. His contribution to Gold Coast football is exceptional. Bob is actively involved in Football and has a key involvement in the operations of every Sharks game.

Ron Stewart

Secretary

Ron Stewart

Secretary

Ron has been a company director since 2007 and has been Company Secretary since 2007. He holds a Diploma of Sales & Marketing and has been actively involved in the club for over 15 years.

Shaun Stephens

Treasurer

Shaun Stephens

Treasurer

Shaun has been Treasurer of Southport Sharks since 2012. His qualifications include Diploma of Financial Services, Diploma of Accountancy, Fellow NTAA and Registered Tax Agent Shaun has been a Company Director since 2009 and is Principal of an Accountancy Practice.

Rick Fankhauser

Director

Rick Fankhauser

Director

Rick's qualifications include Commercial Cook and has experience as a company director since 1995.

Clayton Glenister

Director

Clayton Glenister

Director

Clayton completed a Bachelor of Laws Degree and was admitted as a Solicitor in New South Wales and Queensland in February 2002.  He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors (GAICD) and holds a Diploma in Financial Services (Dip FS). Clayton serves on numerous boards including Southport Sharks.

Paul Stevens

Director

Paul Stevens

Director

A current director of Southport Sharks, Paul has a long history with the Sharks and Gold Coast community. Paul has been a Company Director Since 2004.

Adam Garton

Director

Adam Garton

Director

Adam holds a Bachelor of Architecture and has been a company director since 2001.

Royce Enders

Director

Royce Enders

Director

Royce is a Southport Sharks Hall of Famer, Best & Fairest winner (1991) and premiership player (1992). Royce has been heavily involved in Southport Junior and Youth football development on the Gold Coast and has been player-manager for several young Queenslanders who have progressed to AFL level. Royce has been a Company Director since 2016.

Key Contributors

Audrey Fankhauser

Audrey Fankhauser

THE matriarch of the Southport Sharks/Magpies, Audrey Fankhauser was the woman behind the scenes. Audrey and Wally first joined Southport, then the Magpies, in 1969 and she went on to be heavily involved in the women’s committee running match-day canteens and cooking meals for after-match functions. She still supports her favourite club, which Wally put

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Dean Bowtell

Chief Executive Officer

Dean Bowtell

Chief Executive Officer

From the playing field to club boss – that’s the fascinating journey of current Southport Chief Executive Officer, Dean Bowtell. The son of 1970s ruckman and dual premiership player, big Eddie Bowtell, Dean started with the Southport Sharks as a junior and he made his first-grade debut in 1989. Bowtell played in the winning grand

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Zane Taylor

Zane Taylor

AN out-and-out champion player, Zane Taylor deserves the rating of being perhaps the best to ever don Southport’s black and white colours, both as a Magpie, then a Shark. Joining Southport as a 17-year-old from Footscray, Taylor went on to play 200-plus matches for the club, he spent three seasons with Geelong in the VFL

Jason Cotter

Jason Cotter

JASON Cotter has a record unmatched by perhaps anyone else in Queensland football.He was the first Surfers Paradise junior to play for the Sharks in the QAFL – in 1983 – and went on to establish a wonderful personal record.The diminutive rover featured in 10 grand finals with Southport, winning six times.Cotter represented Queensland 12

Norm Dare

Norm Dare

A FORMER Fitzroy VFL wingman, Dare went on to be named Queensland  Coach of the Century for his deeds with Kedron, Southport and his adopted State. Dare first moved to Queensland in 1980 and had instant success, taking the now Defunct Kedron Lions to a QAFL premiership. Kedron finished runners-up in 1981, before Dare was lured

Craig Crowley

Craig Crowley

PERHAPS the best all-round skilled player to pull on the Sharks jumper, Craig Crowley developed from a larrikin from Cora Lyn to a legend at Southport. He joined Southport for the history-making 1983 QAFL premiership and went on to feature in 190 games for the club, winning  six grand finals – a record he shares with

Paul Wyatt

Paul Wyatt

MOVED across town from the Nerang RSL Club in 1995 to take up the position of secretary-manager of the Southport Sharks.At that stage the club had only a handful of poker machines, but Wyatt was to oversee the rise and rise of one of Queensland’s top-three licensed venues.He was at the administrative helm as the

Reuben Pelerman

Reuben Pelerman

REUBEN Pelerman, to become one of Queensland’s richest men, was a main contributor to the rise of Southport as a football power. When Pelerman bought the Pacific Hotel on Marine Parade, the club was already operating the Down Under Bar – but was struggling financially. With Pelerman’s help, the drinking hole was transformed into a

Gavan McGuane

Gavan McGuane

INSPIRATIONAL ruck-rover Gavan McGuane holds a special place in the history of the Southport AFC. He is the only player to have captained the club as both a Magpie and a Shark. McGuane, the uncle of Collingwood great Mick, first joined Southport in 1980 after moving north from Golden Point in the Ballarat league. McGuane

PATRONS

Mrs A Fankhauser
M Veivers
D McNamara*
Mrs T Carmody
Mrs M Wood*

*deceased

LIFE MEMBERS

W Fankhauser*
W Wood*
A McDonald*
W Hassall
J Gonard
Z Taylor
N Wallace*
D Burns
B Rickard*
Dr A Mackenzie
B Lowe
F Atchison*
W Burns*
D Hannell*
L Busch*
A Garton
A Moroney
P Stevens
G Alexander
G Carmody*
G Hubbard
S Alexander*
R Devine
Mrs A Fankhauser
W Morris
W Leslie
P Wyatt*
R Langford
R Fankhauser
N Dare
R Chapman*
K Gent
R Stewart
J Cotter
C Crowley
B Thompson

*deceased

PLAYER LIFE MEMBERS

D Burns
Z Taylor
J Cotter
C Crowley
D Bowtell
S Stephens
C Mansbridge
A Devine
C Watts
D James
B Merrett
G Screech
D Wise
J Burge

*deceased