It is with great sadness that Netball NSW has learnt of the passing of former Hunter Academy of Sport Chief Executive Officer Ken Clifford after a battle with cancer.
Ken was extremely well-known and respected within not just the Hunter sporting community but NSW as a whole. As both a participant and administrator, Ken was the central figure in building the Hunter Academy of Sport to where it stands today.
A former teacher and sports organiser at Wallsend High School, Ken led the Academy for 27 years until his retirement in 2014.
Under his leadership, the Academy grew from having an initial program for basketball only to caring for more than 550 elite young sports people in 28 different programs including netball.
In 1991, Ken helped introduce the Hunter Festival of Sport to provide opportunities for many more people, young and old, to simply participate in sport, not necessarily at the elite level. This festival attracts more than 20,000 participants every year.
The thoughts of Netball NSW are with his friends and family, especially wife Laraine and Stephanie, Jacqueline, Glen and Rochelle and grandchildren at this time.