Colin Nicholas began coaching junior cricketers in Canberra in the 1940’s and continued to do so for over fifty years. He was one of three men who established the ACT Junior Cricket Association soon after the Second World War and was a member of the ACT Schools Cricket Committee from its establishment in 1968 until it was absorbed by the ACT Cricket Association Youth Council in 1981.
The Junior Cricket Association was incorporated into the ACT Cricket Association in 1953 and Nicholas served on the Association’s Junior Committee until 1986.
During those years he arranged the Saturday morning competitions and the representative program for the junior age groups. Also during this period he coached and managed some of his own club’s junior teams, acting as their transport officer and umpire.
He was elected a Life Member of the ACT Cricket Association in 1967 for services to junior cricket. In January 1984, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of his contribution to junior cricket.
In October 1984 the ACT Administration recognised his efforts with one of the first of its Community Services Awards.
Born: 30 December 1923
Died: 12 December 2000