Passionate former Australian and New South Wales Blues fast bowler Mike Whitney and Bankstown District Cricket Club Life Member Martin Klumpp have both been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for their service to cricket.
Whitney was made a Member of the Order of Australia, while Mr Klumpp received the Medal of the Order of Australia.
Whitney was also acknowledged for his service to the broadcast media, most notably as the main presenter of Sydney Weekender on the Seven Network for the last 24 years.
The former fiery left-arm quick was recognised not only for his enormous contribution to cricket as a player for Australia, NSW and his club, Randwick Petersham, but also an administrator.
Whitney has been a fervent President of the Randwick Petersham Cricket Club since 2001. He was made a Life Member of Cricket NSW in 2002, and Randwick during 1993, before its merger with Petersham-Marrickville, in 2001.
Mr Klumpp was recognised for his great service to the Bankstown club in an administrative capacity, and as a volunteer, for the past 41 years. He played for the Bulldogs, in the lower grades, between 1976 and 1987.
Whitney represented his country in 12 Test matches and 38 One-Day Internationals between 1981 and 1992 taking 85 wickets across both formats.
He was a prolific wicket taker for NSW and Randwick. In 94 First Class matches for the Blues, Whitney claimed 314 wickets and is second only to Geoff Lawson amongst fast bowlers on the all-time list of leading wicket takers.
Whitney also returned 262 First Grade scalps at an average of 18.93 for Randwick during a career that spanned 15 seasons.
His impact off the field has been just as outstanding. In addition to President of Randwick Petersham, Whitney was the inaugural Chairman of the NSW Past Players Association, the Baggy Blues, from 2012 to 2014.
His community work includes Patron to the Sydney Coastal Cricket Club (1991-2018), the Cricketers Club of NSW for an extraordinary 35 years and the Christopher Robin Committee, at the Children’s Hospital, Randwick, from 1993 to 2003 helping to raise funds for vital equipment.
Mr Klumpp has been an Honorary Secretary of the Bankstown District Cricket Club since 1986.
Before that he served as an Assistant Secretary from 1981 to 1986. He became involved at an administrative level, very early on, as a committee member between 1978-81.
Mr Klumpp has also been an Assistant Secretary to the Bankstown Women’s Cricket Club for the past 13 years and Director of Bankstown Sports Club since 2013.