The Sir Roden Cutler Award

To acknowledge outstanding sporting achievement by an athlete with a disability, The Primary Club of Australia created the Sir Roden Cutler Award.

Sir Roden Cutler VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE served as Twelfth Man and Patron of the Primary Club of Australia from our inception in 1974 until his passing in 2002.  Richie Benaud OBE graciously assumed this role since.

Sir Roden agreed enthusiastically back in 1998 to lend his name to this special award, which the Primary Club and its members choose to present to an athlete or administrator who has performed an extraordinary service to his/her sport on behalf of people with disabilities.  As part of the award, the awardee now receives a grant of $20,000 for recreational facilities for the sport of his/her choosing.

Past winners of the Sir Roden Cutler Award include:

  • James Pittar (Swimming) 1999
  • Zoltan Peglar (Yachting) 2000
  • Michael Milton (Skiing) 2001
  • Julie Higgins (Equestrian) 2002
  • Ben Felten (Rowing) 2003
  • Jan Pike (Equestrian) 2004
  • Kurt Fearnley (Wheelchair Marathon) 2006

At the Marathon Cricket Dinner at the SCG on Tuesday 19th January last, President Jim Maxwell presented the 2009 Sir Roden Cutler Award to Brad Dubberley for his services to Wheelchair Rugby.

Brad Dubberley is regarded as one of the best wheelchair rugby players in the world and played a key role in Australia’s silver medal performance at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

Brad became a quadriplegic when, aged 12, he slipped and fell down a 50m cliff head first into a creek when playing in the bush with friends.  While still in rehabilitation, Brad took up wheelchair rugby in 1995, at the age of fourteen.

Brad first represented Australia in 1996 at a Test Series against New Zealand in Sydney.  During his sporting career, he has competed in over seventy major competitions including Paralympics in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.  In November 2006, Brad was appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Australian Wheelchair Rugby Team.  As one of the youngest coaches of a national team in the world, he coached Australia to another silver medal at the 2008 Beijing games.

“Brad epitomises the spirit of playing the game, coaching and inspiring other young athletes with disabilities that Sir Roden would have been proud to witness,” said Jim Maxwell.  Brad has advised the Primary Club that the award funds be directed to the acquisition of multi-purpose chairs and equipment for Wheelchair Sports.

If you know an althete with a disability who you would like to nominate for a future award, please contact the Primary Club of Australia office on 9980 2525.

Funding of $55,000 provided to Halinda School for Special Purposes

Funding of $55,000 was provided for indoor and outdoor fitness equipment as part of the school’s Healthy Life Style/ Healthy Living Program. This equipment is to promote active, challenging fitness and climbing facilities for 55 students in years 7 to 12.

A Synthetic Turf Softfall was also installed to provide a safe ground covering for the playground.