Life Members, Patrons & Ambassadors
Life Membership of the Childhood Cancer Association may be conferred on any member who has served the Association with distinction.
The Association is very proud to recognise the following Life Members:
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia
We welcome and thank His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, for accepting the role of Patron of the Childhood Cancer Association.
Patron since December 2014
Travis Boak - Captain, Port Adelaide Football Club
Travis Boak is the captain of the Port Adelaide Football Club, a dual All-Australian, triple Fos Williams Medallist and a former John Cahill Medallist. Travis enters his fourth season as captain of Port Adelaide, which will have him poised to become the Power's longest-serving leader in the coming years. He is a passionate supporter of the Childhood Cancer Association.
Major Peter Badcoe VC Medal - 2014, 2015
Showdown Medal - 2013 (Showdown XXXIV)
All-Australian - 2013, 2014
International Rules - 1 cap - 2014 test v Ireland, Perth
Brownlow Medal (end of 2015) - 83 votes
NAB Rising Star - 2007 - Rd 19 nominee
2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award - read here for details of Travis' nomination, for his work with Childhood Cancer Association
John Cahill Medal (Best and Fairest) - Winner: 2011, Runner-up: 2013, 2014
Fos Williams Medal (Best Team Man as voted by the players) - 2013, 2014, 2015 - equal record
Gavin Wanganeen Medal (Best player under 21 years) - 2009
Most Improved Player - 2008
Leading disposals - 2014, 2015
Ambassador since October 2010
Read Travis' testimonial here
Kate Collins - Reporter & Presenter, Nine News
A proud South Australian, Kate Collins has been part of Adelaide’s Nine News for more than 10 years.
Alongside Brenton Ragless, Kate presents Adelaide’s only 6pm one-hour bulletin.
Prior to joining Channel 9 Adelaide in 2006, Kate completed a Bachelor of Media at Adelaide University and a postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at the University of South Australia.
While completing her studies, she worked as a weekend newsreader on radio before making the switch to TV, joining the Nine News team as a general reporter.
Kate is a passionate ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis SA, Childhood Cancer Association, Ovarian Cancer Australia, Peter Couche Foundation, Playgroup SA and Barkuma Inc.
Kate has been a proud Ambassador of Childhood Cancer Association since 2010 and she continues to support the association by attending family and fundraising events throughout the year.
Follow Kate Collins on Twitter: @katecollins9
Ambassador since 2010
Michelle den Dekker OAM - Australian Netball World Champion & Commonwealth Games Gold medallist
Michelle den Dekker made her Australian debut in 1985; Michelle went on to play 84 Test matches in the green and gold, captaining Australia from 1988-1995. She is still the current longest reigning Captain.
Michelle held a 92 per cent winning rate as captain, winning 65 of 71 games. Michelle won two World Championships as captain (1991, 1995) and led Australia to a Commonwealth Gold medal in 1990.
Michelle was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1992 and awarded the SA Great Award, for services to sport in South Australia in 1993.
Her exceptional agility and leadership were inspirational both on and off the court. She was regarded by many as one the greatest Netballers ever to grace the Netball Arena worldwide.
Her contributions to Netball and the profile of Women in Australian Sport are outstanding.
Michelle continues today to contribute to Sport through her involvement in promoting organisations as Ambassador for the South Australian Sports Hall of Fame, the Childhood Cancer Association and the Australasian Masters Games.
Michelle is a National High Performance accredited Coach.
Ambassador since August 2013
Eugene Galekovic - Captain, Adelaide United FC
Eugene Galekovic started his professional career with Morwell-based national Soccer League (NSL) side Gippsland Falcons as a 19 year old in December 2000 before signing with South Melbourne the following season.
He stayed with South Melbourne until the NSL’s closure in 2003/4 where at season’s end he secured a place on the list of Beira Mar in Portugal on the back of his impressive display for Australia during the 2004 Athens Olympics. These Olympic performances also earned him a place in the full Socceroo squad for the friendly international match against Turkey in the same year.
Galekovic joined Adelaide United in October 2007. He is one of the hardest trainers at the club and respected and liked by team-mates and coaching staff alike.
Major Honours for Galekovic include:
A-League Championship: 2006–07
A-League Premiership: 2006–07
FFA Cup: 2014
A-League Premiership: 2015–16
A-League Championship: 2015-16
AFC Asian Cup: 2015
A-League Goalkeeper of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15
Adelaide United Club Champion: 2008–2009, 2009–10
Adelaide United Player's Player of the Year: 2008–2009, 2009–10, 2011–12
A-League PFA Team of the Season: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
A-League All Stars: 2014
PFA A-League Team of the Decade: 2005–15
Most Goalkeeper of the Year Awards: 4
Ambassador since November 2013
Dr Michael Rice AM - Paediatric Oncologist (retired)
Dr Michael Rice was responsible for establishing the Association, beginning the process in 1981.
Dr Rice initiated contact with other parents of children with cancer and called them to a meeting at the hospital to discuss the establishment of a support group. This meeting ultimately led to the formation of the Association. Since its’ formation, Dr Rice has regularly attended meetings of the Association to provide guidance and advice, and to act as a mentor.
His significant contribution to the Association was first acknowledged with the naming of the Michael Rice Units at Prospect in September 1985 - made available to country families whilst staying in Adelaide for treatment.
Dr Rice has received many prestigious awards over the years including:
* 1998 - The Howards Williams Medal at the Australian College of Paediatrics
* 2000 - The Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
* 2003 - The Centenary Medal
* 2004 - The Gold Medal of the Australian Medical Association
* 2004 - The Medal of the Order of Australia
Ambassador since April 2010 & Life Member
Sam Power - Racing Driver
Sam Power is an Adelaide born Racing Driver currently participating in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, with team MOMO Megatron.
2009 - First State Championship race win - Racing sports
2011 - Victorian State Champion - Formula Ford
2012 - Round podiums at Townsville & Bathurst - Formula Ford
2012 - Rookie of the year runner up - Formula Ford
2012 - 6th place overall National Formula Ford
2013 - First National Race win - Formula Ford
2013 - 3rd place overall National Formula Ford
2014 - 6th place overall Porsche Carrera Cup
Darren Berry, Professional Cricket Coach/Sports Broadcaster
Darren is a former Australian cricketer and former coach of the South Australian Redbacks and Strikers. He is also a Sports Broadcaster and can be heard curretly on Geelong's K Rock Football.
1997 Ashes Tour UK
2 Sheffield Shields (1990/91 & 2003/04)
2 One Day Titles (1994/95 & 1998/99)
2 Grade Premierships (1993/94 & 1996/97)
Carlton CC Club Championship 2007
Victoria T/20 Champions 2008
Rajasthan Royals IPL Champions 2008
South Australia T/20 Champions 2011
South Australia One-Day Champions 2012
Ambassador since August 2014
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