12 February 2018

SCG Trust pays tribute to Sir Nicholas Shehadie

The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust has joined the sporting world in mourning the loss of Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE.

Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd said Sir Nicholas was a giant figure in the modern history of Sydney and Australia, as one of our country’s most prominent and accomplished citizens. Sir Nicholas represented everything that is good about Australia .

“Sir Nicholas is true rugby royalty. He was a Wallaby captain, President of the Australian Rugby Union, a member of the IRB and ARU halls of fame, as well as a member of the Sports Australia Hall of Fame,” Mr Shepherd said.

“In public life, he was just as accomplished, serving as Sydney’s Lord Mayor, the chairman of SBS and serving his community in many other roles.

“We also know him well as a loving husband of Dame Marie Bashir our beloved Governor and a wonderful father and grandfather.

“Only one grandstand at the Sydney Football Stadium is named in honour of a single person.

“In 2001 upon his retirement, there was no argument when the decision was taken to name the eastern grandstand the Nick Shehadie Stand.

“When a new Sydney Football Stadium rises in the years ahead, Sir Nicholas’s name will feature prominently again.

“Sir Nicholas made a huge contribution to the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust during more than 20 years of service, including 11 years as chairman. He is a life member and features in the Walk of Honour.

“His Wallabies career started at the SCG in 1947 and he spent much of his childhood in the suburbs that surround our grounds.

 “During his Trusteeship, the SCG moved into cricket’s modern era with the giant light towers erected for World Series Cricket. Similarly, Sir Nicholas was keenly involved in the establishment of the Sydney Football Stadium in 1988.

“Sir Nicholas was also a key figure in helping Sydney secure the 2000 Olympics, as well as establishing the Rugby World Cup.

“The SCG Trust owes Sir Nicholas and his family a great debt of gratitude for his many years or services, for his vision for our grounds and for his contribution to Australian society.

“We join the sporting community in farewelling a truly great Australian.”