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.

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.  [Photos courtesy of Bada Bing Photography - www.badabingphotography.com.au] 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. liesl2 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.

Meet Jess Gallagher

August 18, 2013 by  

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jess.gallagher.RECIPIENT OF THE 2013 SIR RODEN CUTLER AWARD

The Award is named in honour of the longest-serving Governor of New South Wales, Sir Roden Cutler (Governor from 1966 to 1981). Sir Roden was a keen sportsman, a distinguished diplomat and the winner of a Victoria Cross in the military. During the Battle of Damour in 1941, Lieutenant Roden Cutler suffered a serious injury and had his left leg amputated. As an amputee, Roden understood life’s challenges for all people with a disability, particularly those with a competitive spirit. He epitomises the mission of the Primary Club, and was appointed our first ever Twelfth Man and Patron, a role he held from 1974 until his passing in 2002. The Sir Roden Cutler Award is presented for outstanding sporting achievement by a person with a disability, and includes a grant for sporting and recreational equipment up to the value of $20,000 to the organisation nominated by the recipient. In 1999, the Primary Club presented its inaugural Sir Roden Cutler Award to blind marathon swimmer James Pittar. Winners of this award since 1999 include Zoltan Pegan (Yachting), Julie Higgins (Equestrian), Michael Milton (Skiing), Ben Felten (Adaptive Rowing), Jan Pike (Equestrian), Kurt Fearnley (Wheelchair Marathon), Brad Dubberley (Wheelchair Rugby) and Ame Barnbrooke (Sailing). Each of these past winners has represented their country at the highest level in their chosen sport. Jessica Gallagher created history at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, becoming the first Australian woman to win a Winter Paralympic Games medal. To make this feat even more amazing was the fact that she had only spent 150 days on skis and was able to win it on her 24th birthday! With guide Eric Bickerton, Jessica, who currently holds scholarships to both the Australian and Victorian Institutes of Sport, claimed bronze in the women’s vision-impaired Slalom, capping an amazing rise in the sport after joining the APC’s Alpine Skiing program following a career as a gifted track and field athlete. In January 2011, she confirmed her status as one of Australia’s best athletes when she became the first Australian athlete in history to medal at a major international SUMMER AND WINTER championship when she won silver (Long Jump) and bronze (Javelin) medals at the 2011 IPC World Athletics Championships on her international athletics debut. Aside from being the only Australian athlete concurrently representing Australia in a summer and winter sport, in 2009 Jessica completed her Masters of Osteopathy and is now a fully registered Osteopath working with elite athletes. She has recently been named the first Global Ambassador for Vision 2020, a World Health Organization/ Australian Government initiative for preventing avoidable blindness and vision loss. She is also an ambassador for the Australian Paralympic Committee, Vision Australia and 2XU. In 2010 she was named Australian Female Paralympian of the Year and received an Australian Institute of Sport Achievement Award. The Primary Club is pleased to announce the Sir Roden Cutler Awardee for 2012/13 – JESSICA GALLAGHER.

Media mentions of our Sir Roden Cutler award winner

April 18, 2011 by  

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Narooma’s Paralympic hopeful lands $20,000 prize before heading overseas

A great article in the Narooma News http://www.naroomanewsonline.com.au/news/local/sport/general/naroomas-paralympic-hopeful-lands-20000-prize-before-heading-overseas/2133099.aspx?storypage=0 [link was not working in August 2012 but the article is recreated below].

Narooma’s Paralympic hopeful lands $20,000 prize before heading overseas

STAN GORTON
13 Apr, 2011 12:26 PM
WORLD-beating disabled sailor Ame Barnbrook has won another major award just before she leaves to compete in the World Championships in England in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics.Ame is the recipient of this year’s Sir Roden Cutler Award awarded by the Primary Club of Australia, which acknowledges outstanding sporting achievement by a disabled athlete.Sir Roden Cutler (VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE) served as Twelfth Man and Patron of the Primary Club of Australia from its 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. Ame said she would dedicate the money to the Access Dinghy Foundation and Sailability NSW, both of which had helped her immensely over her 15 years of sailing. She was also pleasantly surprised to get a call from world champion surfer Layne Beachley recently who told her she was chosen for a $3000 Aim for the Stars grant. Ame continues to regularly train up Sydney with her sailing partner Lindsay Mason and they are set to fly off to Weymouth, England on May 26. Ame will compete in the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta in the first week of June and then in July she will compete in the 2011 World Championships, which is the qualifying event for the Paralympics. There she has beat the other two Australian SCUD teams in order to qualify for the Paralympics. Past winners and Ame’s story Past winners of the Sir Roden Cutler Award include Michael Milton (skiing) in 2001 and Kurt Fearnley (wheelchair marathon) in 2006. Ame’s story is a truly remarkable one. Born with Phocoamelia she has only the lower half of her left leg, a small foot and three toes, she has no arms or right leg. She uses her three toes for eating, writing, playing the trumpet and sailing. She has achieved more in her 22 years than most will in a lifetime. Ame has excelled in music, and sailing and has a degree in Creative Arts from Wollongong University. Her current aim is to represent Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. In her own words, “It’s about what I can do, not what I can’t do. My disability is continually judged before my abilities have been recognised and I like to prove people wrong.” To get involved or help out with funding, contact Ame at amesarms@sailability.org

Sir Roden Cutler Award 2011 recipient – Ame Barnbrook

March 28, 2011 by  

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Amethyst (Ame) Barnbrook’s story is a truly remarkable one. Born with Phocoamelia she has only the lower half of her left leg, a small foot and three toes, she has no arms or right leg. She uses her three toes for eating, writing, playing the trumpet and sailing. She has achieved more in her 22 years than most will in a lifetime. Ame has excelled in music, and sailing and has a degree in Creative Arts from Wollongong University. Her current aim is to represent Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. I her own words, “It’s about what I can do, not what I can’t do. My disability is continually judged before my abilities have been recognised and I like to prove people wrong.” It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that Ame will be our next Sir Roden Cutler Award winner.

The Sir Roden Cutler Award

May 7, 2010 by  

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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.