A former Australian Test and Sheffield Shield cricketer, Mr Gannon played in three Tests from 1977 to 1978 and 37 Sheffield Shield matches for Western Australia between 1966 and 1979.

Mr Gannon made his First-Class debut for WA in 1966 where he took three wickets against Victoria. He was also a member of the 1967-68 WA Sheffield Shield winning team.

Following his career on the field, Mr Gannon moved into the role of WACA Board Vice President and Deputy Chair from 2004 to 2013 and took on the position of Chair from 2013 to 2015 before his retirement.

During his time as WACA Chair Mr Gannon played a pivotal role in the development of the WACA Vision 2030 blueprint, which included cricket’s move to Optus Stadium and the improvement plans for the WACA Ground to become a modern, boutique community venue.

Mr Gannon was also a Director on the Cricket Australia Board.

Mr Gannon was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2017 for his service to cricket.

In the community, Mr Gannon was a Board Member on the Wally Foreman Foundation, a small foundation which provides financial assistance to young athletes who show great potential and Chairman of the Paraplegic Benefit Fund Australia.

A successful businessman, Mr Gannon was the co-founder and Chairman of Gannon Growden Schonell financial advisors and the founding Chairman of Shadforth Financial Group Australia. He also served as the Chairman for the Western Pacific Financial Group from 2011 to 2014.

The Perth Scorchers will be wearing black armbands to honour Mr Gannon in their Big Bash League Final tomorrow night at the SCG.

WACA Chair Hon. Tuck Waldron said;

“The Board, Management, staff and players of the WACA are very saddened with the passing of Sam Gannon.

“Sam has made an outstanding contribution to cricket in WA, during his time as a Player, Vice President and Chair of the Board.

“Having served on the WACA Board for more than a decade, Sam was committed to ensuring the continued success of the WACA and was dedicated to growing cricket in WA.

“On behalf of everyone at the WACA and the WA cricket community we send our deepest sympathies to his family and closest friends.”