Alan ‘Doc’ Mackenzie Cause Of Death, Obituary Not Yet Available – The Gold Coast SUNS are heartbroken to discover that Life Member Alan ‘Doc’ Mackenzie passed away today at the age of 75.
According to goldcoastfc.com.au, Mackenzie was a long-time supporter of Queensland AFL football and was instrumental in the formation of the Gold Coast Football Club. On behalf of everyone who has been and continues to be connected with the Gold Coast SUNS, Chairman Tony Cochrane expressed his heartfelt sympathies.
Cochrane said, “On behalf of everyone at the Gold Coast SUNS, our deepest condolences go out to his wife Jo-Ann and fellow family members, as well as the Southport Sharks, and it goes without saying that they will always be welcome as part of our football club.”
“Doc Mackenzie was held in high regard by the entire Queensland AFL community. “This was especially true for us here at the Gold Coast SUNS, where he served as a founding father with dignity and commitment, stretching back to the first bid committee. Alan Mackenzie was one of our first life members, having served on the Gold Coast SUNS board for eleven years.
“His contribution in transforming Southport Football Club into a powerhouse both on and off the field over such a long period of time is an outstanding achievement that should never be underestimated.” “Doctor, you will be sorely missed.”
In April 2008, Dr. Alan Mackenzie joined the GC 17 bid team with the sole intention of bringing AFL football to the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Football Club was given a provisional license by the AFL in March 2009, bringing the endeavour to life a year later.
His impact on the Gold Coast Football Club since that time has been nothing short of spectacular. Doc served on the board for ten years and was recognized as a life member of the club in 2018, recognizing his significant contribution to the club’s founding. Dr. Mackenzie served as president of the Southport Football Club for 48 years and has worked in the AFL as a player, volunteer, medical officer, coach, selector, and administrator.
For six years (1992-98), he worked as a club doctor, selector, and match committee chairman for the Brisbane Bears/Lions. He earned the Australian Sports Medal (2000), the AFL Merit Award (2003), and the inaugural Gold Coast Bulletin Sports Award as a Life Member of AFL Queensland (2003).
Dr Mackenzie was inducted into the AFL Queensland Hall of Fame in 2008, and the AFL awarded him the highly coveted Jack Titus Service Award in 2012. He was also awarded the Service to Sport Award at the Queensland Sport Awards in 2018 for his service to Australian Rules Football in Queensland.