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Australian sport loses a gentleman of ‘rare dignity’

Former Australian cricketers Michael Slater, Richie Benaud, Mark Taylor and former Olympian Kieran Perkins at the 2007 Media Awards.
Former Australian cricketers Michael Slater, Richie Benaud, Mark Taylor and former Olympian Kieran Perkins at the 2007 Media Awards.

10 Apr 2015


Australian Sports Commission Chair John Wylie AM has paid tribute to the former Australian cricket captain and broadcaster Richie Benaud, who has passed away aged 84.

“Richie Benaud exemplified the values that underpin Australian sport,” Wylie said.

“He was a courageous and innovative leader but also a gentleman of rare dignity both on the field and throughout his career as a journalist and broadcaster.

“Richie Benaud leaves a significant legacy; his iconic personality has contributed to our sporting culture, his example as Australia’s cricket captain set a standard for all leaders to aspire to, while his work as a journalist drew respect around the world.

“During this time our thoughts are with Mr Benaud’s wife Daphne, his family, friends and the many people involved in Australian cricket who have benefited from his legacy and his example.”

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