It is with great sadness Cricket NSW recognises the passing of Tom Richmond OAM, who died on September 14, aged 80.
Richmond dedicated well over six decades of his life to cricket as a player, coach and administrator.
Richmond was heavily involved in coaching, predominantly in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai & Hills District Cricket Association (HK&HDCA) across hundreds of club, representative and schoolboy teams.
In 2002, Richmond was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to youth through education and cricket, and to researching the history of Hornsby.
Richmond was also Awarded the Australian Sports Medal (services to cricket); Australian Centenary Medal (services to local history); and the Premiers’ Community Service Award (service to the community).
He played for Barker College 1st XI in 1957 before captaining Thornleigh in A Grade and excelling as both a pace bowler and a leg spinner.
But it was in coaching where Richmond made his mark, both in the country around Woodenbong and Kyogle, and later back ‘home’ in the HK&HDCA.
The HK&HDCA representative player of year trophy is named after Richmond, as is the NSWDCA junior coaches’ trophy and he is a Life Member of HK&HDCA, Northern District CC and HKHDCCA (Coaches’ Association).
Richmond also contributed to cricket in areas outside of playing and coaching, serving as an umpire, as well as in various administrative roles across several cricket organisations including chairman, team manager, publicity officer, representative secretary, vice president and liaison officer, to name but a few.
Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon paid tribute to Richmond’s lifelong contribution to the game of cricket.
“We are extremely saddened to hear of Tom’s passing and from everyone at Cricket NSW I’d like to pass on my condolences to his family and friends,” Germon said.
“The success of sport is driven largely by the efforts of volunteers and Tom is one who has made an immeasurable impact on cricket and those that he has coached.
“His selfless dedication over many decades will long be remembered and we are forever grateful for Tom’s commitment to cricket.”