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Tom Gorman - Still Active

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Still Active

Gorman continued his passion for rugby, becoming active in Rugby League affairs and signing on as administrator following his retirement as a player. He is still active in the Old Boys' organization at the St. Mary's College boys' academy.

Rugby League Week published a list of the top 100 Rugby League players in 1992 and each year thereafter adds new players. Tom Gorman was one of three new players inducted in 1996. The State Library of Queensland in 2002 erected an exhibit called 100 Not Out, celebrating a century of Queensland sporting moments and athletes. Tom Gorman is mentioned in the exhibit.


1902 Born in Queensland, Australia
1924 Starting this year, plays 10 consecutive Test matches against Great Britain
1926 First paid player on Brisbane Brothers team
1929 First Queenslander to captain the Kangaroos team

Awards and Accomplishments

1996 Named to Rugby League Week's top 100 Rugby League players
2002 Included in State Library of Queensland's 100 Not Out exhibition of memorable Queensland athletes

Tom Gorman, the first Queenslander to captain an Australian rugby team, has been known as a genuine sportsman, as well as a role model for youth. The Oxford Companion to World Sports & Games said of Gorman, "His positional sense made him an outstanding defender, and he had inspiring qualities as a leader, especially in tight situations."

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