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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.

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Vale Ken Page

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.

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Carbine Club member Kerry Chikarovski recognised in Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours.

Kerry Chikarovski was recognised as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the Parliament of New South Wales, and to the community’.  
Best known for being the first woman to lead a major political party in New South Wales when she was elected Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party (1999-2002).

As an MP her responsibilities spanned from consumer affairs to industrial relations, women’s affairs to infrastructure. After leaving politics she started Chikarovski & Associates when organisations started to solicit her help to navigate government bureaucracy.

Kerry holds a number of board positions, with her passion for sport evident in roles at NSW Waratahs Rugby Union and NSW Women’s Rugby Union, and she works across several not-for-profits including Adopt Change, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and Our Watch.

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CCNSW Member Craig Phillips Honoured for a life in sport

More than 35 years’ experience in the elite sports industry in Australia, Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) CEO Craig Phillips has today been honoured as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia, ‘for significant service to high profile sporting organisations through executive roles’.

CEO since 2015, Phillips has dedicated his working life to sport – locally, nationally and globally, including nine years as CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and as a member of its Executive Board & the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Board.From 2005 to 2014, Craig successfully led the AOC’s relationship with its 40 member National Sports Federations, the national network of Institutes of Sport and other peak sporting organisations – both nationally & internationally.He has been involved in the successful planning, management & leadership of 12 Australian Olympic (Summer & Winter) Teams – Barcelona 1992 to Sochi 2014. 

Craig’s membership of these teams saw him become the most capped Olympic Team official in Australian sporting history.
Phillips served on the Oceania National Olympic Committees Executive and the Board of the Gold Coast 2018 (GC2018) Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) in addition to the GC2018 Sport and Technical Committee and GC2018 Joint Marketing Committee.He is currently a committee member at the Carbine Club of NSW and a member of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Sports Committee.

CGA President Ben Houston said being bestowed with a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia honour is a fitting tribute for Phillips.“On behalf of Commonwealth Games Australia, our board, our sport partners and our staff, I congratulate Craig on being made a Member of the Order of Australia,” Houston said.“The Member of the Order of Australia is a fitting tribute for Craig’s three decades of dedicated service to Australia’s elite sport industry and a testament of his passion for sport.“This award acknowledges Craig’s commitment to Australia’s elite sport industry and his passion and focus on ensuring the best outcomes for Australian athletes.”

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urt 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.

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Kerr and Kane appointed to The National Sports Tribunal (NST)

CCNSW Members Peter Kerr AM and Darren Kane, both prominent lawyers heavily involved in sport over many years have been appointed to The National Sports Tribunal (NST). The tribunal hears and resolves national-level sporting disputes in Australia.

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CCNSW Committee Member Kirsten Thomson appointed NSWIS Director of Corporate & Communications

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.

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