We are deeply saddened to pass on the news of the death of our dear "Davo," Alan Davidson at 11.30 this morning.
To Quote Sir Donald Bradman. It is always sad when the time comes to say “Au Revoir” . In the sporting world that applies to both the public and to the entertainer (or, if you prefer it, the performer, because some of the performers are not entertainers. Alan Davidson was both.)
The son of Leslie Keith Davidson and Hilda Aileen Clifton, Alan grew up in Lisarow, NSW near the city of Gosford on the NSW Central Coast.
He learnt to play cricket on a pitch that he dug out of a hill on his family's rural property. By the age of nine, he was playing in the second division of the Gosford grade competition. Throughout his high school years, he represented Northern High Schools in the state combined public schools' competition where he played against his future Test captain Richie Benaud, who captained City High Schools.
During his teenage years, Alan kept fit by working on the family property, chopping wood and carrying farm produce. An Australian cricketer of the 1950s and 1960s he was an all rounder: a hard-hitting lower-order left-handed batsman, and an outstanding left-arm fast-medium opening bowler. Strongly built and standing six feet tall, Alan was known for his hard hitting power, which yielded many long hit sixes.
His left arm bowling was a mainstay of the Australian pace attack of the 1950s and early 1960s, and from the late 1950s he was widely regarded as one of the finest pace bowlers in the world, with a classical bowling action which imparted late swing…Alan was considered along with Wasim Akram as one of the two greatest left arm fast bowlers in history, and bowled with great control, conceding less than two runs per over. Only two other post-war bowlers have a superior bowling average. Alan was known for his anticipation in close catching positions and his accurate and strong throwing arm from the outfield. His ability to take improbable close range catches saw him earn the nickname "The Claw".
Alan married Betty Patricia McKinley in 1952. Their sons were born in 1953 and 1955 while he was on tour in England and the West Indies respectively. He was named as the New South Wales Father of the Year in 1982.
Alan was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1962. He was made a Member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1964 and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1988, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2004, and the ICC Hall of Fame in 2011. He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Alan Davidson Oval, in Alexandria and Wyoming, NSW, is named after him
He will be deeply missed.
Sadly Life Member Ken Page passed away yesterday 24.10.2021. A truly beautiful man, his wife Heather a lovely lady. They are well supported by their family. He will be truly missed.
Ken Page had a long history of success and dedication within the sporting industry.
Golf and horse racing were only two of his sporting interests, and his involvement in sport over many years demonstrated Ken's great sporting passion.
Ken made a significant contribution to the horse-racing industry. He was media spokesman and then General Manager of Marketing and Public Relations at the NSW TAB and was the Australian representative to the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga, USA.
Ken was the Managing Director of Adam Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Fundraising Committee of NSW. He was also a member of the Olympic Games Fundraising Committee of NSW.
In 2006 Ken was awarded the Order of Merit by the New South Wales Olympic Council in recognition for his outstanding contribution to sport and the Olympic movement.
A popular and supportive member of the Carbine Club and a friend to so many, our thoughts are with Heather and the rest of Ken's family.
Carbine Club member Kerry Chikarovski recognised in Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours.
Kurt Fearnley AO appointed to Australian Team Executive
Member and three time Paralympian Kurt Fearnley AO will join the Australian team executive for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Carbine Club of NSW Committee Member, Kirsten Thomson has recently been appointed to NSWIS as Director of Corporate & Communications. Kirsten has most recently spent time with the Office of Sport as their Director of Communications.
NSWIS quote “We're delighted to have Kirsten back on board to build organisational capability, drive partnerships, and lead the corporate & communications functions.”
Kirsten was an Australian middle distance freestyle swimmer who won a silver medal in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Congratulations Kirsten on your appointment.
CCNSW Member Michael Crismale joins Racing NSW Board
Carbine Club of NSW Member and Former Club Chairman Michael Crismale has been appointed to the board of Racing NSW for a three-year term.
Michael has extensive experience in sports administration, including as chair of the Australian Turf Club, where he secured TV and digital rights agreements, helping the sport to reach wider audiences and boosting revenue.
He also supported the launch of The Championships in the autumn carnival. His continued commitment to the industry and extensive knowledge will make him a valuable addition to the board.
Congratulations Michael on your appointment.