The Tweed community paid their respect to sporting volunteer and youth support officer Teresa Walsh yesterday.
The Tweed community paid their respect to sporting volunteer and youth support officer Teresa Walsh yesterday. John Gass /

Tributes flow for much loved student support officer

UPDATE, Wednesday July 1: More than 2000 people attended a special farewell for Teresa Walsh yesterday at Banora Point Community Centre.

ORIGINAL story: TWEED sporting and school groups are mourning the death of Teresa Walsh, a much loved member of their community.

The 47-year-old mother of three passed away suddenly and mysteriously in her South Tweed home last Saturday.

Teachers and students at Tweed River High School, where Teresa was a student support officer, are still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

Brian Cox, President of the South Tweed Junior Rugby League Club, said Ms Walsh was a first aid officer, a registrar, a committee member, and a member of the Juniors for over 10 years.

Ms Walsh represented one of three generations in her family to have attended Tweed River High School, with father Geoff Walsh and her daughter.

She attended the school from 1982-1987 and remained proud of its achievements.

In 2011 she told the Tweed Daily News: "Tweed was one of the best sporting schools in the state, having students representing Australia," she said.

Mr Cox played rugby league with Ms Walsh's younger brother Anthony Walsh at the club in the 1980s.

"She will be remembered for caring for every single kid, I honestly believe she loved them all," he said.

"Even if it wasn't her own kids, or if the kids were good bad or bad, one way or the other she was there to support them.

"At every game at South's she was always cheerful and supportive, on her last day (last Saturday) she was there from six in the morning to eight at night.

"She did it every game. She picked on us for being late and she's the last to go home."

Tributes flowed in on social media this week, from clubs all over the state and across the border - a testimony to the spirit of volunteering.

"South Tweed Junior Rugby Leagues and indeed the entire Group 18 have lost such a wonderful lady," Ally Sultana said.

"Going to training and home games will not feel the same."

"Absolutely beautiful woman, you will be dearly missed," Kylie Gibson of Mullumbimby Junior Rugby League said.

"Our thoughts are with your family."

Teresa is believed to have died from natural causes which have yet to be determined.

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