The WACA is proud to announce that Hon. Terry (Tuck) Waldron has been re-elected to the Board for a second term and enters his second year as Chair. Joining him is newly appointed Nicola Brandon who brings more than 20 years of global commercial experience as a marketing leader working with world-class companies, leaders, teams and brands.
The WACA farewelled and thanked Darren Wates for his contributions over the past five years as a Board Director.
Members, the WACA Board and staff paid homage to Mr David Williams, Ms Janice Law-Davis and Mr Colin Minson who were awarded Honorary Life Membership.
Chair of the WACA for nearly nine years from September 2004 to August 2013, David Williams revolutionised the way the organisation ran its operations. He established a new financial model for the WACA that invested in grassroots cricket operations through the creation of a number of coach and cricket officer roles. Williams was also the inaugural Chair of the Perth Scorchers when the KFC Big Bash League competition was introduced in 2011-2012.
During his tenure as Chair, Williams skilfully led two major reforms to improve the WACA Constitution and the Board. His years of leadership were significant for his extraordinary energy and considerable intellect and his all-consuming desire to do the best for cricket in WA.
Janice Law-Davis served in almost every capacity over her 20 years in cricket, assuming the role of president, vice-president, assistant secretary, selector, club delegate, player and committee member.
Law-Davis debuted for Western Australia in 1964-65 as a top-order batter and opening bowler and went on to represent the State for the next 16 years. Over her playing career she captained WA for five seasons and for most of those years was a selector for those WA teams. Law-Davis also held a number of offices for the WA Women’s Cricket Association.
Colin Minson has been the voice of WA cricket for the past three decades and this cricket season will see him call his 300th Sheffield Shield match. After volunteer stints at commercial and community radio stations 6PR, 6NR, 6AR and Radio Fremantle, Minson is now the Chair and main cricket commentator at Sport FM and provides ball-by-ball coverage of state and club cricket.
CEO Chair Hon. Tuck Waldron thanked the Members for their ongoing support over the past 12 months and highlighted the WACA’s success during the year;
- Both State and Federal Government’s committed significant funding towards the WACA Ground Improvement Project
- WA Men’s and Women’s teams won the Marsh and Ruth Preddy Cups in their respective 50-over domestic competitions last season
- 13 Western Australian were selected in Australian teams
- Perth hosted its first ever day-night Test and the WACA Ground hosted its first women’s T20 International
- The WACA Ground continued to thrive as a multi-purpose venue, hosting the likes of the Qantas Wallabies, Manchester United and a number of other events
- Perth Scorchers had highest average attendance across the regular 2019-20 KFC Big Bash League season
- WA Community Cricket recorded strongest growth in registered participation in the country, led by a massive 45% increase in women and girls’ cricket
- Mr Waldron also presented on the work that has been achieved over the past few months in remodelling the WACA’s finances to ensure it is well-placed to deal with forecasted falls in revenue across cricket in Australia as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
WACA CEO Christina Matthews provided an overview of the WACA Ground Improvement Project, including the proposed planning phases of the project.
The Members also heard from WA Head Coaches Becky Grundy and Adam Voges, previewing the exciting and unique 2020-21 season for the WA Men’s and Women’s teams. Both teams are well-prepared to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities the season may present.
Grundy discussed her excitement around some of the young stars of the team looking to pushing for a place this summer as the team build towards back-to-back WNCL titles, while Voges spoke of the team’s commitment to developing adaptable and resilient cricketers with eyes firmly fixed on winning a 16th Sheffield Shield for WA.
WACA HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
Hon. Tuck Waldron with Janice Law-Davis