As a student and past staff member, Oaklands Parade has been a direct part of Old Boy Warren Sturgess’ (1971) everyday life for eighteen years. By today’s standards, one would be excused for thinking that his long association with Churchie would be difficult to eclipse in any field. However, this level of loyalty and commitment is something that Warren himself has surpassed. For the past thirty years, Warren has been the ring announcer at the Chinchilla Show.

The Sturgess family association with the Chinchilla Show is deep-rooted.  Warren’s grandfather was the chief ring steward and in the 1960s his father was the chief showjumping steward. It therefore comes as no surprise that equestrian events were a major part of Warren’s childhood. He and his brothers first became involved at the show when their father had them putting up fallen showjumping poles. Having been Chinchilla’s man behind the microphone since 1987, Warren has decided that it is possibly time to hand over the reins. Ironically he once joked with his predecessor Vic Black, whose three sons Harvey (1960), Craig (1963) and Bob (1969) are Old Boys, that there was no chance of beating his record of 25 years. Interestingly, back in 1994, Warren was also the announcer at the first Chinchilla Melon Festival.

Warren attended Churchie as a student in 1970 and 1971. He first worked at Churchie as the Head of Strategic Development from 1993 to 1999, which encompassed responsibilities across Marketing, Fundraising and Old Boys. After a stint at the University of Queensland and then the Royal National Association (RNA), he returned in 2005 as the Director of Philanthropy and remained in that role until 2013 when he moved into semi-retirement.

Featured Image (Right): Source – Chinchilla News, 28 May 2015, Hayden Smith