South Canterbury Cricket is proud to announce, Life Member and former Chairman of the Board, Harvey King has been appointed as South Canterbury Cricket’s Patron.
Harvey has a long-standing connection to the game of cricket which encompasses multiple layers.
Firstly as a schoolboy and club player locally, as a South Canterbury representative through the age groups and at Hawke Cup level for South Canterbury he was well known as a keen competitor and fast bowler.
Harvey also went on to represent Canterbury at first class level.
As well as a playing career Harvey has been heavily involved as a coach, umpire and administrator, chaired the South Canterbury Cricket Board for nearly a decade during which time the building of the Graeme Blanchard Indoor Cricket Centre was a highlight as well as also being a member of the Canterbury Cricket Board during a tough period which included the earthquakes and was involved in the establishment of the new ground at Hagley Oval, a battle that everyone is pleased was won.
Harvey was recognised for his contribution to cricket in the South Canterbury region in 2010 with Life Membership of the Association.
Also in 2010 Harvey was one of 50 NZ recipients to receive the ICC Centenary medal in recognition of their long-serving voluntary contribution to the game.
Harvey always recognises that the support of his family has played a huge part in allowing him to support the game, and said that “it is a great honour to be asked to be Patron”. As when he was given Life Membership he said “It’s a huge thrill. You don’t do this sort of thing for that kind of recognition, well, at least I don’t, but it’s great to be a life member because not too many cricket people are.”
From a South Canterbury Cricket perspective, it is our honour that Harvey has accepted this new role of Patron which will continue to bring mana to our sport throughout the region, Canterbury, NZ and the world.