March 7, 2018 by  

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Once again, the Primary Club has been offered a section of premium seats in the Nick Shehadie Stand of Allianz Stadium (“SFS”) to watch all home games for the Waratahs and Roosters.  Proceeds from the sale of these tickets goes to support our charities.

For more details about forthcoming Waratahs games and ticket prices, CLICK THIS LINK.

For Roosters home games, let us know on and we’ll send you the details.


March 5, 2018 by  


The Primary Club of Australia is pleased to announce our new Blazer!  See image here.  Members need to place an order before 8th March 2018, along with your measurements form (below).

Price: GBP120 (+ a shipping cost which will be confirmed) – at today’s exchange rate GBP120 = AUD215

Timing:  Before 8March (this is final date in order to have blazers for Kenya, no order accepted past this date, as we intend doing one large order together) – we require:

  1. A confirmation email sent to Nathan Reay – – that you would like a blazer, attaching your completed measurements (form attached below)
  2. A deposit of AUD200 paid into the Primary club account using the link:

Both of these MUST happen before close on 8 March for your order to be completed.  A balancing payment will be taken on completion of the blazer delivery to cover the balance of the cost / exchange rate changes and shipping (if we have over 15 ordered, shipping is envisaged to be under GBP10 as a guide).  Any questions as to the Blazer itself please email Club Captain Nathan Reay – or call on 0481 433 979.


March 2, 2018 by  

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The Annual Primary Club Golf day is scheduled for Monday April 30th 2018, once again at the magnificent Elanora Country Club near Sydney’s northern beaches.

The event will be an Irish 4 Ball, shotgun start at 8:30 am with lunch and refreshments to follow.  Entry options are listed below.

The Primary Club of Australia Inc. is a registered charity founded in 1974 with the fundamental aim to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the pleasure that sport and physical activity brings.

Over $6 million has been raised since 1974 and donated to projects ranging from the purchase of playground equipment at schools with children with special needs, equipment for blind cricket, to horse-riding arenas, hydrotherapy pools and specialised yachts for the disabled.

Entry forms can be obtained by either:

For further information on the Primary Club please visit;

Please extend this invitation to fellow golfers who you feel may be interested in supporting this very worthwhile cause.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

2018 Elanora Golf Day ENTRY FORM


February 8, 2018 by  


Shaun Marsh of Australia is dismissed for a primary at Newlands (AP Photo/Halden Krog

The Aussie cricketers were enjoying a super summer, until our men’s team arrived in South Africa in March!

To date, in all forms of international cricket this financial year, we now have 13, compared to the 20 we accumulated in the full 12 month period last year.

Primary Club Members donate $10 to charity every time an Aussie cricketer suffers the indignity of scoring a primary in an international fixture.

  • Chadd Sayers (#13) was welcomed into the Primary Club in his maiden Test, the second innings of the 4th Test in Johannesburg on 3rd April.
  • Peter Hanscomb became No. 12 in the first innings of the 4th Test in Johannesburg on 31st March, while Beth Mooney earlier on the same day in Mumbai opened with a primary in the Australian Women’s T20 Final against England.
  • In the 3rd Test at Newlands, Capetown, Australia wilted in the second innings (against the back-drop of the ball-tapering scandal) and racked up the 9th and 10th primaries, with Shaun Marsh and Pat Cummins capitulating in a team total of just 107 runs on 25th March.
  • Amanda-Jade Wellington in the ODI in India on 15th March (run out without facing ball) and Pat Cummins in the 2nd Test at Port Elizabeth on 9th March.
  • Agar, Cummins and Coulter-Nile in the ODI series in India in Sept/Oct.
  • Villani, Beams and Wellington in their ODIs in Taunton (July) and Coffs Harbour (Oct).

PS.  The visiting English team did not suffer a single primary in the Ashes Series!


October 9, 2017 by  


We are now receiving registrations for corporate team entries in MARATHON CRICKET 2018, to be held at the SCG on Monday 29th January 2018.  Places are available for morning or afternoon slots, for teams of 12 players in a modified Twelve/12 over format, at $7,020 or $8,400 per team respectively.

Packages include luncheon for the morning teams and dinner for the afternoon teams, while the latter watch the feature games in the late afternoon and evening.  Contact the office on 0411 028 468 for more information, or email

For social or club teams, interested in playing in one of four the breakfast timeslots, please register your interest now, by sending an email to

Because of limited opportunities this summer, we are only receiving registrations from Primary Club members.


July 10, 2017 by  


Come and join fellow Primary Club Members for our traditional Day 1 Test Match Breakfast on Thursday 4th January from 7:30am in the Eastside Dining Room of Allianz Stadium (“SFS”), a short stroll away from the SCG.  Special guests include former England captain, Mike Gatting, who will be appearing along with Twelfth Man Mark Taylor, President Jim Maxwell AM and Master of Ceremonies Mike Coward AM.

CLICK HERE to book online now.

$120 for Primary Club Members and their guests; or $1,200 for a table of 10.  We encourage Members to book early, because we are likely to be oversold for the Ashes Breakfast.

If you require SCG seats – either a corporate box or ticket-only seats, go to THIS LINK, where you can also order your Breakfast seats.


June 8, 2017 by  

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Primary Club Members will be disappointed to learn that Aussie batsmen over the 2016/17 financial year suffered the first-ball duck, or ‘primary’, on 20 occasions in international matches – 15 by male players and 5 by females.  However, this of course has a positive twist in that all our members are ‘fined’ $10 for each such event, meaning our charity trust account should receive a healthy boost when our 2017/18 renewal notices go out in early June.

The offending Aussie batsmen were:

  • Tim Payne, Jhye Richardson, Ashleigh Gardner and Megan Schmidt in Twenty/20s;
  • Adam Zampa, Aaron Finch twice, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazelwood, Elyse Villani twice and Alex Blackwell in ODIs; and
  • Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges and Nathan Lyon twice in Test Matches.

All such fines are optional and therefore tax-deductible donations, which go straight into our charity account!


May 23, 2017 by  

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The Board of the Primary Club of Australia is pleased to advise $233,000 in grants were paid or committed to the following organisations, consistent with our charter to provide sporting and recreational facilities to people with a disability.  (All in NSW unless advised otherwise.)

  • Ambarvale High School – sensor room and breakout area
  • Blind Sports & Recreation, Kooyong VIC – swish table and audible ball
  • Crestwood High School, Baulkham Hills – playground pergola
  • Cromehurst School, Lindfield – bike track
  • Disabled Surfing, Coolangatta QLD – beach buggy
  • Empower Golf QLD, WA and NSW – paragolfer units, Cairns, Wembley and Illawarra
  • Sir Roden Cutler Award (Katie Kelly) – Sports Access Foundation
  • Sargood Foundation, Collaroy – final payment for gym equipment
  • Special Olympics NSW – shirts and caps for All-Star cricket festival at Bowral
  • St Vincent de Paul, Sutherland – trampoline
  • TLC for Kids, SA, VIC and NSW – distraction boxes in childrens’ wards
  • Touched By Olivia Foundation, Marion SA – carousel for inclusive playground
  • Aspect Treetop School, Ashford SA – playground equipment
  • Trytons Cricket, Randwick – shirts for season
  • Wangaratta Specialist School , VIC – bikes, helmets and accessories
  • Wairoa School, North Bondi – safe and engaging playground

Katie Kelly named Sir Roden Cutler Awardee 2016/17

February 19, 2017 by  

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Para-triathlete and Rio gold medallist, Katie Kelly OAM was selected from five amazing athletes as the winner of the 2016/17 Sir Roden Cutler Award at the Primary Club of Australia’s Marathon Cricket Dinner on Thursday 16th February at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Katie, with her support group, has established the Sport Access Foundation to assist people with a disability with access to sport and recreational facilities.  Her $20,000 grant from the Primary Club will be directed to this organisation.

On Friday morning, Katie was interviewed on the ABC Breakfast program.  Hear her amazing story by clicking here.

In the photo here, past winner Liesl Tesch is presenting the Award to Katie (centre) with NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres MP.

The other four finalists each received a finalists medal from Life Member Daphne Benaud:  Ryley Batt OAM (Wheelchair Rugby, Port Macquarie NSW), Matt Bugg (Sailing, Lindisfarne TAS), Carol Cooke AM (Cycling, Melbourne VIC), Michael Lyddiard (Triathlon, from Townsville QLD)

Some of Australia’s best athletes named as Sir Roden Cutler Award finalists

February 10, 2017 by  

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Five of Australia’s most inspiring athletes with a disability, including Paralympic medallists and an Afghanistan War veteran, have been named as finalists in The Primary Club’s Sir Roden Cutler Award.


Among the 2017 finalists is Ryley Batt OAM, a four-time Paralympian and dual Paralympic gold medallist in Wheelchair Rugby, and Carol Cooke AM, a three-time gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist.


Also included as finalists are Paralympic sailor Matt Bugg, Paralympic gold-winning paratriathlete Katie Kelly, and endurance athlete and Australian of the Year finalist Michael Lyddiard.


The winner, to be announced at a major dinner at the Sydney Cricket Ground next Thursday night, will receive a $20,000 grant for sporting and recreational equipment to be given to an organisation they choose which reflects the Club’s charter.


Jim Maxwell, president of The Primary Club of Australia and legendary cricket commentator, said the finalists are an inspiration for not only people challenged with a disability, but the broader community too.


“What makes these five athletes worthy of being finalists in the Sir Roden Cutler award is their sporting accomplishments, their sheer determination to overcome their challenges and their tireless efforts to encourage other people living with a disability that they too can reach their dreams,” Mr Maxwell said.


The 2017 finalists in the Sir Roden Cutler award are:

  • Ryley Batt OAM, a four-time Paralympian in the Australian Wheelchair Rugby Team that has won two consecutive gold medals in London and Rio, who delivers Paralympic awareness talks and mentors young people with disabilities.
  • Matt Bugg, has a sailing world championship and a silver medal from the Rio Paralympics in the 2.4m class, who tirelessly works with sailors with disabilities in Tasmania by coaching and providing technical advice.
  • Carol Cooke AM, the winner of three Paralympic gold medals in cycling at the 2012/2016 Paralympic Games, who gives motivational talks to young women and founded the MS 24 Hour Megaswim which has raised over $7m for those living with Multiple Sclerosis since 2001.
  • Katie Kelly, a gold medal winning Paratriathlete, who provides inspiration to young children with Usher’s Syndrome and founded the Sport Access Foundation to provide grants for disabled people to be involved in sport.
  • Michael Lyddiard, Afghanistan War veteran who after being severely injured in the line of duty has competed in triathlons, cycling, and distance swimming, who is an Ambassador for the Veteran Charity “Soldier On” and a finalist in the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year awards.


The Sir Roden Cutler Award, established in honour of the Primary Club’s first Twelfth Man and Patron and the longest-serving Governor of New South Wales, recognises athletes with a disability who display enormous determination and dedication in their sporting pursuits, inspire the nation, and are the embodiment of the Australian spirit.


A portion of the grant this year comes from the Royal Australian Mint that will donate part of the proceeds from the recently released limited edition Richie Benaud 50 cent collectible coin, after it heard of the Primary Club of Australia from Daphne Benaud while she assisted with the coin’s creation.


Richie Benaud was a foundation member of the Primary Club when it formed in 1974 and was its Twelfth Man and Patron from 2002 to 2014.


Royal Australian Mint Chief Executive Officer Mr Ross MacDiarmid said: “The Royal Australian Mint is proud to contribute to Richie Benaud’s legacy by not only releasing this special commemorative coin but also supporting the Primary Club of Australia and the athletic industry with a contribution of proceeds towards this inspiring program.”


Media contact:          Peter Laidlaw 0419 210 306


About The Primary Club: For more than 40 years, The Primary Club of Australia, with support from the cricket-loving public, has been committed to helping many of the four million Australians with disabilities lead a more active and inclusive life. A cricket-based charity, we have provided more than $6 million of equipment and facilities for organisations that support people with disabilities. It works with other leading charities in the disability sector to identify community needs and ensure all of the funds it raises delivers a positive outcome for people with disabilities. Since its establishment, The Primary Club of Australia has funded projects ranging from specialist playground equipment for young children with disabilities through to sporting equipment for people with disabilities participating at the elite level of sport. All donations by the Club are made to other registered charities.

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