Sir Roden Cutler
The Primary Club's 'Sir Roden Cutler Award' is named in honour of the longest-serving Governor of New South Wales, Sir Roden Cutler VC AK KCMG KCVO CBE.
Sir Roden Cutler was a keen sportsman, a distinguished diplomat and winner of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth armed forces.
During the Battle of Damour in 1941, Lieutenant Roden Cutler suffered a serious injury and had his right leg amputated. Roden understood life’s challenges for all people with a disability, particularly those with a competitive spirit. The Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation helps the elderly and physically handicapped to be mobile and also with transport to and from their medical appointments. Many people have contributed to this cause, notably Cutler's former high school, Sydney Boys High, and his primary school, Manly Village, which also dedicated memorials to Cutler on the 90th anniversary of his birth.
Sir Cutler was appointed the Primary Club’s 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 of $5,000 for sporting and recreational equipment for the registered charity nominated by the recipient.