Orienteering Australia sadly advises that Sue Johnston passed away on Friday, July 4th, at her home in Urunga, northern New South Wales, from motor neurone disease.
Sue began orienteering in Queensland in 1979. Although she took three hours to complete her first course, she enjoyed considerable success in various age classes, with wins in both Australian and Easter 3-day championships, as well as captaining the Australian team in Australia/New Zealand challenges.
Sue was also heavily involved in administration, initially with the Queensland Association, and later with Orienteering Australia as vice-president (Development), and as president from 1997 to 2000. She received the Silva Services to Orienteering Award in 2001.
In her professional life, Sue was eminent in the field of education, and served as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Tasmania for five years, before moving to Coffs Harbour in late 2005, where she was Head of the Coffs Harbour Campus of Southern Cross University.
Sue is survived by her partner, Peter Plunkett-Cole. If you would like to send condolences, do so to Peter at 108 Osprey Drive, Urunga, NSW 2455