2017-01-26 ESDT: The founder of the Sydney Convicts,
Australia’s first gay rugby union club, has been awarded
the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
for “service to rugby union and to the promotion of
social inclusion for LGBTI people.” The award was
announced on Australia Day.
Andrew “Fuzz” Purchas founded the Sydney Convicts
in 2004 to provide gay, and many straight men, with a safe,
supportive, and inclusive environment to play and enjoy
sport. Purchas has played a key leadership role in the club
since it was founded, helping lead the Convicts to many
victories on and off the field.