QC Chair Chris Simpson awarded Life Membership to long-time cricket administrator, volunteer, businessman, coach and First Grade player Brian Gaskell. Gaskell was awarded Life Membership after a lifetime of contribution to cricket in Queensland across a variety of roles and organisations.
His service to the game is highlighted by a playing career that saw him represent Eastern Suburbs in Brisbane's First Grade competition as well as turning out for a Queensland XI against New South Wales Far North Coast in April 1961. He later coached the Queensland Cricket Association Colts team for five years and served as State Director of Coaching and Examiner of Coaches.
However, it is Gaskell’s service to the game off the field for which he is perhaps best recognised. His volunteer roles have included three decades of service each with Queensland Country Cricket, Queensland Cricket Umpires Association and Warehouse Cricket Association, the latter of which he is still a patron.
In business, Gaskell was a key early figure in the Queensland Cricketers’ Club where his tenure included a stint as president in the 1980’s, while in 1978 he founded Gabba Sporting Products, a business that now boasts an international reputation of excellence in the manufacturing of sporting infrastructure and equipment.
His association to cricket in Queensland has continued for future generations with his son Mark Gaskell and grandson Ryan Broad both representing Queensland in first class and one day cricket.
QC Chair Chris Simpson said Gaskell’s contribution and dedication to cricket made him a worthy Life Member.
“Brian Gaskell is someone who has lived and breathed cricket his entire life. From his playing, coaching and volunteering days through to his time in business, cricket has been Brian’s life, and we are extremely grateful for the passion and enthusiasm he has shown for our game.
“People like Brian help make cricket special, and I know I would be speaking for the many teammates, players, volunteers and administrators he has impacted in thanking him for his service.
“We congratulate Brian for everything he has achieved and are proud to award him Queensland Cricket Life Membership,” Mr. Simpson said.
REFRESHED QC STRATEGIC PLAN
Also, at tonight’s AGM, Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson announced a refresh to QC’s current five-year Strategic Plan. Mr. Svenson said QC’s updated strategy would focus on three key areas, being to grow participation, developing better players and teams, and engaging fans.
Click here to download QC’s refreshed 2017-2022 Strategic Plan
QC's 2018-19 Annual Report can be viewed here
“We are at the halfway point of our current 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, so this has been an appropriate time for us to look at our purpose, goals and values to ensure they resonate with everyone involved in the game,” Mr. Svenson said.
“Our refreshed strategy has been developed after a thorough consultation process involving clubs, staff, players and volunteers, and provides us with a clear set objectives that we believe are essential to securing the future of cricket in Queensland.
“We have updated our strategic goals under three key areas that set the foundation for the growth of our game. These are to ensure we are producing great players and teams; growing and engaging cricket’s fan base; and, getting more people involved in cricket across all demographics at a grassroots level.
“By focusing on these three areas and developing a set of supporting actions and measures, we believe we are setting cricket up to be in a strong and financially stable position at the close of our strategy period."
REAPPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS
Kirsten Pike and Tom Franklin have been reappointed to QC’s Board after coming to the end of their three-year terms. Both positions were uncontested, meaning Ms. Pike and Mr. Franklin will stay on the Board for another three-year term.
Former Queensland wicket-keeper Ian Healy was elected to the Board on a permanent basis after filling a casual vacancy left by Judge Sal Vasta’s resignation in July. Mr. Healy will serve the remaining two years on Judge Vasta’s original term.