Queensland Cricket has congratulated one of the game’s many hard-working volunteers on his inclusion on this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Ken Dixon today receives a Medal of the Order of Australia for more than 40 years of service to Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club, as a player, coach, volunteer and administrator.
Mr Dixon, who is also a long-serving State selector, has helped grow the Sandgate-Redcliffe club into an important feature of the local community.
The Deagon-based club started in 1961 with four senior teams, one U18 and a schoolboys’ team and has since grown to six senior teams, two women’s teams, one warehouse team, one legends team, 13 junior teams and 150 children who compete in entry level development programs such as the popular MILO T20 Blast and MILO in2CRICKET.
As a player, he took 630 wickets and scored almost 4000 runs for the club from 1967-1991. As coach of the first grade team, Sandgate-Redcliffe won four premierships in five years from 1997.
He joined the Sandgate-Redcliffe executive committee in 1973 and was elected assistant secretary in 1982. He became a Life Member in 1984.
Since 1991, he has been club secretary and has been instrumental in the day-to-day functioning of the club, from attracting new players and organising member registrations, generating and managing grants and fund-raising and assisting with general club enquiries.
In addition to his role as secretary, Ken has also taken on other voluntary duties at Sandgate-Redcliffe, including juniors’ coach, mentor to budding cricketers and stand-in groundsman.
He led the way in the creation of the junior club in 1991 followed by the introduction of women’s cricket to the club in 1995, with several ‘home-grown’ State players now calling the club home.
In 1984, Deagon No. 2 field was renamed the Dixon Oval in honour of the work of the Dixon family, including Ken and his late brother Graham’s voluntary contribution to the club.
Additionally, he has been a member of Queensland Cricket’s State Selection Panel for more than a decade, working with the Queensland Bulls and Queensland 2nd XI but also with a focus on the selection of Youth, Country and Indigenous State representative teams.
Mr Dixon was named the Brisbane City Council Senior of the Year last year for his efforts in the community through cricket and other endeavours in the region.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said the honour was most fitting for one of the game’s most diligent custodians.
“Ken typifies the many volunteers who ensure the game of cricket is vibrant and thriving throughout our State,’’ he said.
“Queensland Cricket thanks Ken for his dedication and hard work. He is a great role model for others who work selflessly at the coalface of the game.”
“On a personal note, I’m delighted that the Dixon family’s lengthy and outstanding contribution to their community has been well recognized,” Walters said.