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JAMES Frizelle’s Automotive Group chief operating officer and co-owner of the Gold Coast Titans, Rebecca Frizelle, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Ms Frizelle’s honour was awarded for her contribution to the automotive sector and to rugby league.

She is one of Queensland’s leading business leaders, serves as a director on corporate boards and has been a major contributor to local and national charities and foundations.

In honouring Ms Frizelle, the Titans said she has also been a trailblazer for women in Australian sport, becoming the first female chair of an NRL club with the Titans before stepping down from the role to join husband Brett and Darryl and Jo Kelly to become a co-owner of the club at the end of 2017.

Titans executive chairman Dennis Watt said in the club’s newsletter that the OAM was a deserved recognition of Frizelle’s incredible contribution to the Gold Coast community.

“Anyone that has met or had the pleasure of working with Rebecca would understand that she is a force of nature,” Mr Watt said.

“She is tireless and relentless in everything she does, and that work ethic is the foundation of the success she has achieved.

“The contribution she has made to this club is enormous, as a supporter, then as chair and ultimately as a club owner.

“Rebecca and the other owners stepped in to take over this club because they believe in its importance to the Gold Coast community, and she continues to lead the hard work being done to turn this club into a source of pride for the people of this region.

“While she is never one to chase individual accolades or awards for what she does, a prestigious honour such as this is truly fitting for the commitment and success she has delivered as one of this city’s true leaders.”

James Frizelle’s Automotive Group started in 1985 and became one of the biggest automotive retailers in Queensland, with 15 brands on six locations in south-east Queensland and northern NSW.

In 2017, the Frizelle group joined with Peter Warren Automotive Group to become the biggest privately-owned dealership group in Australia with 29 brands, a body repair business, media agency and a 4WD lifestyle accessory outlet.

By Neil Dowling