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National Australia Day Council welcomes Adam Gilchrist as new Chair

9 September 2008

The National Australia Day Council is delighted to welcome Adam Gilchrist as its new Chair, Acting Chair Shelley Reys said today.

Former Australian cricketer Gilchrist, was announced as the Chair by Senator the Hon John Faulkner, Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary, this morning.

Best known for his outstanding cricketing career, Adam entered the international scene in 1996 and went on to become an Australian cricketing legend.  Adam is acknowledged for his leadership and outstanding contribution to the Australian team and more than his outstanding statistics, it is the manner and spirit in which he played the game that makes him one of the world's most exciting and popular cricketers.

Giving something back to the community outside of cricket is important to Adam and has lead to his support for such worthy organisations as Canteen, World Vision and Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Adam Gilchrist Cricket Development Scholarship.

Born in New South Wales, Adam now lives in Western Australia with his wife Mel, and their three young children.

"Adam's trademark sense of fair play and pride in being Australian will be an important asset to the work of the National Australia Day Council and our national day," Ms Reys said.

Australia Day and the Australian of the Year Awards have grown from strength to strength in recent years, with more people than ever participating.  Adam will be an important part of that growth - his well-known leadership skills will be an asset to us in that process," Ms Reys said.

"The NADC board and I look forward to working with him."

The National Australia Day Council leads a network of state, territory and local committees in presenting Australia Day celebrations and the Australian of the Year Awards program.