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Bradman Gala Dinner  28 November  2018
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2017 Bradman Foundation Honouree ~ Belinda Clark AM

The Bradman Foundation Chairman Maurice Newman AC was pleased to announce that former Australian Captain Belinda Clark AM is the 2017 Bradman Honouree.

Belinda is an outstanding servant of the game and her leadership on and off the field over 30 years will be acknowledged at the annual Bradman Foundation Gala Dinner being held at the SCG on 8 November.

Initially selected for Australia at the age of 21, the Newcastle born Clark represented Australia over a 14 year period. During an exemplary career, Clark played 15 Tests scoring 919 runs at an average of 45.95 with 2 centuries and 118 ODIs scoring 4844 runs at 47.49 including 5 centuries and 30 fifties with a highest score of 229. As a captain, Clark’s record was exceptional, winning a total of 84 from 101 international matches played, including two ICC Women’s World Cup titles 1998 & 2005.

After retirement, Belinda was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2011, the Australia Cricket Hall of Fame and New South Wales Hall of Champions. Off the field Belinda moved into administration as Chief Executive of Women’s Cricket Australia, managing the successful transition to full integration with Cricket Australia. In addition Belinda was appointed to the ICC Women’s committee and was one of the driving forces behind developing the concept of a multi-format Women’s Ashes Series. Belinda is currently a valued senior executive with Cricket Australia charged with the development and introduction of new junior formats across all states and associations.

Bradman Honourees include a distinguished list of past players who have been acknowledged for their contribution to upholding the values of leadership that Sir Donald Bradman believed necessary to protect and respect the game and its character building qualities.

CONGRATULATIONS Michael Mitchell, first prize winner of two business class tickets to one of Emirates 39 European destinations plus a stop-over in Dubai.

Second prize winner, Tracey Holmes, will receive an all inclusive two night stay at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley retreat.

Watch the 2016 Bradman Gala Dinner tribute to Bill Lawry here.
Watch the 2016 Bradman Gala Dinner tribute to Graeme Smith here.

Political, Corporate and Cricket Royalty at Gala Dinner

Last year we witnessed South Africa’s record-breaking Captain, Graeme Smith and our own much-loved Bill Lawry inducted as Bradman Honourees. Once again the presentation of the awards was both memorable and meaningful. Master of Ceremonies Mark Nicholas and our Patron John Howard combined seamlessly with sophistication, humour and respect to capture the cricketing achievements and personalities of our two Honourees.


Graeme, accompanied by his parents Graham and Janet, was moved by the Bradman Foundation’s recognition of his achievements. In South Africa he is largely uncelebrated and he has simply moved on from his stellar playing career into a business career. To have his parents in the room, at the SCG – the scene of many of his great on-field battles, was a highly significant moment in his life.

Similarly, Bill Lawry after a lifetime of playing cricket leading his State and National side followed by a lengthy and distinguished broadcasting career proudly accepted our award with both humility and an impish sense of humour. He was especially pleased that his two daughters Susan and Elizabeth were present to witness their father’s acknowledgment.

In response our audience were once again closely engaged by the on-stage presentations throughout the night. Their attentiveness and palpable goodwill towards all speakers greatly contributed to the collegiate atmosphere by which the Bradman Dinner is now defined.


Our fundraising success was underpinned by the ongoing support of our event partners Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, Wide World of Sports, Carlton United Breweries, Tyrrell’s Wines, Emirates Airlines and Investec.

The room was beautifully presented with 75 photos of guests from previous years archives and match footage from yesteryear which was shown between the onstage segments.

It was a night to remember.

Bradman Honourees are:
2006 Norm O’Neill OAM
2007 Neil Harvey MBE, Sam Loxton OBE
2008 Bill Brown OAM, Arthur Morris MBE
2009 Alan Davidson AM MBE, Dennis Lillee AM MBE
2010 Sunil Gavaskar, Adam Gilchrist AM
2011 Sir Richard Hadlee MBE, Bob Simpson AO
2012 Rahul Dravid, Glenn McGrath AM
2013 Mark Taylor AO
2014 Steve Waugh AO, Sachin Tendulkar AM
2015 Richie Benaud OBE
2016 Bill Lawry AM, Graeme Smith
2017 Belinda Clark AM

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