The ICC media release below sets out details of the presentation of ICC Centenary Medals to eight Wellington region volunteers, as part of the ICC's Centenary celebrations in Wellington this week.
These medal recipients were the first of 50 people througthout New Zealand, selected by New Zealand Cricket from local nominations, to receive the medals in recognition of their long-serving voluntary contribution to the game.
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Commenting on the launch of the ICC centenary medals, Sir Richard said: “It is hugely important that we recognize volunteers. We should never underestimate this.
“There are so many people we never hear about and don’t know what they do, but who are so influential to a team or to the development of a sport.
“I used to be involved in the Badge of Gold programme, which gave monthly awards to volunteers in the country. When I present the awards the volunteers would often be embarrassed by the recognition and try to down play their contribution. Without these people though, the game wouldn’t be the same.
“I am delighted to launch the ICC centenary medal. Publicly acknowledging the volunteers in this way is very important.”
Earlier, Sir Richard became the first New Zealand player to be formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame when he received a commemorative cap from ICC President David Morgan to mark the occasion.
Hadlee, the son of former New Zealand captain Walter and brother of Dayle and Barry, is the only New Zealander in the initial intake of 55 players in the Hall of Fame*, a joint venture between the ICC and the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).
The presentation made by Sir Richard is the first of a series of similar ceremonies that will take place around the world marking the contributions of individuals who are dedicated to developing the sport and nurture the stars of the future.
The medals are an expression of gratitude for the unsung work of those volunteers who ensure cricket is a great sport with a great spirit.
This provides a fantastic backdrop to celebrate the heritage of the game and the spirit of cricket and honour those who have made a significant contribution to cricket.
The ICC is acknowledging the commitment of 1000 special volunteers with all 104 of its Members awarding the medals to recognise their contribution to the sport’s ever-increasing popularity.