Dave Vickers has been involved in the administration of baseball in the ACT since its inception in 1957.
In 1957 Dave was a member of a group that formed the first recognised baseball competition in the ACT. He was also involved in establishing one of the foundation teams – The Canberra Club. Dave took on the role of Public Relations Officer in raising the profile of Baseball in the ACT. Dave then became the announcer for all matches of the day something he has continued for the past 50 years.
Dave held the position of President with the Junior Baseball Association from inception in 1961 until amalgamation with the senior body in 1973 when life membership of the Senior Baseball Association was conferred upon him. During his time as President of the juniors, he played a key role in steps to ensure baseball’s success, such as changing baseball in the ACT and NSW from winter to summer and the introduction of T-Ball for juniors. T-Ball has now been expanded nationally.
The creation of the Eagles Baseball Club, the Umpires Association, and the development of interstate matches were also among his achievements.
He also represented the ACT Baseball Association at national meetings, after one of which the ACT was accepted into national junior competitions. Dave is a Life Member of the ACT Baseball Association and Ainslie Football Club. His place in the ActewAGL Hall of Fame is truly warranted. During his 50 year’s working with baseball in the ACT he has continually worked tirelessly on the development and promotion of the sport.
Dave Vickers is a true sporting pioneer in the ACT, his commitment to the development of baseball is immeasurable. He is a priceless asset to his chosen sport and there is no doubting baseball would not be where it is today without Dave’s contribution. Dave has long been a motivated leader driven by his passion for baseball. Baseball in the ACT will forever be indebted to Dave Vickers.
His family, are still very involved with Ainslie Baseball Club carrying on a proud family tradition.
Born: 1 November 1929