Vale Ian Craig

November 18, 2014 by  

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Former Australian Test Cricket Captain and Primary Club of Australia honorary Vice President, Ian Craig, passed away this weekend aged 79.

Ian Craig at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.

Ian Craig at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.

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Mr Craig was just 17 when he was called in to the Australian Test squad in the 1953 season, having made his debut as a 16-year-old during the 1951-52 season.

He was Australia’s youngest state cricketer, the youngest Australian player, NSW’s youngest captain and the youngest Test captain when, at 22, he led the 1957-58 tour to South Africa.

Mr Craig led a team that contained the likes of Richie Benaud, Alan Davidson, Neil Harvey and Bob Simpson.

Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards, Cricket NSW chairman John Warn and SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd paid tribute to the former Australian captain.

Mr Edwards said: “We were very sad to learn of Ian’s passing and on behalf of Cricket Australia, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and former teammates at this difficult time.

“Ian earned a very special place in the proud history of our game as the youngest Australian to make a first-class double century, gain Test selection and captain his country.

“Beyond those remarkable achievements I will always remember him as a true gentleman. I thoroughly enjoyed his company and views on the game over many years.

“He will be sadly missed and will forever be remembered as one of the elite few to have captained his country in Test cricket.”

Mr Warn said: “Ian Craig was a childhood hero to many after becoming the youngest Australian to play for his state and country.

“A peerless captain for NSW, he was fondly regarded by his former team mates and all those who knew him.

“Ian was a warm, gentle and modest man who will be greatly missed.”

Mr Shepherd said: “Ian Craig made a huge contribution to Australian cricket as a player and then a Test captain.

“One his retirement from cricket, he chose to continue that commitment to the sport by serving on the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust for 18 years in all.

“When Ian was appointed to the Trust in 1968 to replace Stan McCabe, he became the youngest Trustee, just as he was NSW’s and Australia’s youngest player when he first earned his caps.”

Mr Craig is the 88th Trustee and served two stints, the first from September 30, 1968 to July 13, 1978 and the second from July 14, 1988 to July 13, 1996.

He also served on the Bradman Foundation, including the role of chairman and ultimately became a life member, and as a board member of the New South Wales Cricket Association.

The flags atop the Members Pavilion were flown at half mast today in tribute to Mr Craig.

He is survived by his wife Ross and children Andrew, Jonathan and Alex.



Youngest to play state cricket (NSW): 16 years, 249 days
Youngest to play for Australia: 17 years, 239 days
Youngest Australian men’s Test captain: 22 years, 194 days
Test captaincy record: Played 5, won 3, drew 2
First class captaincy record: Played 48, won 28, drew 17, lost 2, tied 1


Tests       11 matches, 358 runs,  Highest score: 53;   Average: 19.88        with 2 fifties

Great Article from Rouse Hill Courier about our recent donation to Tallowood School

November 1, 2014 by  

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New play equipment for Tallowood School

New playground: Tallowood School pupil Zac and Primary Club patron and former Sydney Roosters player Jimmy Smith make use of a hammock installed with the help of a grant from the organisation. Picture: Natalie Roberts

New playground: Tallowood School pupil Zac and Primary Club patron and former Sydney Roosters player Jimmy Smith make use of a hammock installed with the help of a grant from the organisation. Picture: Natalie Roberts

TALLOWOOD School had just one trampoline and one small area of equipment before The Primary Club of Australia came to play.

The Kellyville school, which has 98 students from kindergarten to year 12 with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities enrolled, received a grant of $58,480 from the organisation to install new play equipment.

Deputy principal Deb Swinton said the children had made use of the double slippery dip, hammock and spinner — a circular swing which responds to gravity and movement — in lessons and at lunchtimes.

“They might do circuits where they’ll have a swing and go down the slippery dip,” she said.

“We encourage a lot of physical activity for the children who can because a lot of them traditionally don’t have access to formal sport.

“For the younger kids we have to teach them how to play and share, so they take turns on the equipment.

“The children with autism often play in a parallel way so we encourage them to have positive interactions with each other and the play equipment really helps.”

Mrs Swinton said the children loved the play equipment.

“The hammock is very calming, so it’s good for helping them manage their emotions and behaviour as well.”

Primary Club charity development manager Geoff Verco said the organisation comprising former professional cricket and other sports players aimed to provide sporting and recreational facilities for people with a disability.

This can include hydrotherapy pools as well as general sporting equipment.

“We fit in where other funding sources dry up,” Mr Verco said.


Liesl Tesch – Recipient of the 2014 Sir Roden Cutler Award

August 30, 2014 by  

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liesl3The Primary Club Of Australia is proud to announce that the recipient of this year’s Sir Roden Cutler Award is Liesl Tesch AM. 

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Liesl has dominated the international disability sports scene since 1990 when she was the first woman in the world to play wheelchair basketball professionally. More recently she completed at the London 2012 Paralympics winning gold sailing in the two person Keelboat – SKUD 18 Event.

When Liesl was 19 years of age she had a bicycle accident, being projected over the handlebars and falling two metres onto cement. The accident left Liesl as an incomplete paraplegic but has in no way hindered her passion for life.

Liesl has competed at six Paralympic Games including Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney (Silver Medal), Athens (Silver Medal) and Beijing (Bronze Medal) all in Wheelchair Basketball, and then London (Gold Medal) in Sailing.


In 2009, Liesl competed in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in The Sailors with Disabilities yacht, to finish 2nd in their division. In late 2010, Liesl paired with Beijing silver medallist Daniel Fitzgibbon. Sailing the two-person SKUD 18 class with Fitzgibbon, the team had immediate success, winning Gold at the ISAF Gold Cup in January 2011 and Bronze at the IFDS World Championships in July of that year. Determined, they continued on to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, winning Gold.

In 2014, Liesl was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours “for significant service to sport as a Gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and through the promotion and facilitation of sport for people with disabilities”.

Liesl believes that all people with disabilities should have the opportunity to play sport and has combined her passion for travel and love of sport to take her far afield to create sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

In Australia, she is passionate about raising awareness of and promoting wheelchair sport for young athletes with disabilities and volunteers to mentor, coach and inspire juniors in numerous regional venues and at the WS NSW Junior Wheelies Christmas Camp each year. Never one to focus on the negative, Liesl believes she has been given the opportunity to promote and encourage others to take an interest in wheelchair sports.

liesl1 She has an enviable reputation for being a positive and generous team player, one to motivate and demonstrate great leadership amongst her peers and is heavily committed to giving back to the community – both in Australia and overseas.

The Primary Club are proud to present Liesl with the Sir Roden Cutler Award which is presented for outstanding sporting achievement by a person with a disability. The award includes a grant for sporting and recreational equipment up to the value of $20k to the organisation nominated by the recipient.

We congratulate Liesl on her award and will be presenting it to her at a Primary Club of Australia event in the near future.

June 2014 Newsletter

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Two versions of the newsletter are available.

June 2014 – Primary Club of Australia newsletter – High Quality version – 20 Mbs

June 2014 – Primary Club of Australia newsletter – Low Quality version – 2 Mbs

The newsletter highlights four of our donations this year – a great read and please consider forwarding it onto your friends and family.

Opening of Luke’s Place at Corrimal on the Illawarra coast.

March 31, 2014 by  

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lukesplace2 The Primary Club of Australia were thrilled to be at the official opening of Luke’s Place at Corrimal on the Illawarra coast.  We were most grateful that Steve Price, St George Dragons coach, also attended representing the Primary Club and the RL community.

The Wollongong Mayor and the Minister for Disability Services performed the opening.

The Primary Club funded $8,100 via Touched by Olivia Foundation for some of the playground equipment.  The Foundation’s mission is to create safe and secure playgrounds, where children of all abilities are able to play together in an integrated space.

The Primary Club Of Australia over the past 40 years has donated over $5 Million to charities throughout Australia.