Lord’s Taverners ACT proudly assists young and disadvantaged people in Canberra and the region to play cricket and other sports when they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.  We provide support to some activities annually, but we’re always on the lookout for new projects and programs.  Here’s a sample of what we do.

Junior Taverners Awards

Lord’s Taverners ACT has presented Graham Wilkinson Memorial Junior Taverners Awards since 1987.

This program is for cricketers aged between 14 and 18 who show outstanding cricketing ability, sportsmanship and general attitude to the game, both on and off the field.

The awards are named in recognition of Mr Graham Wilkinson AO, the Foundation President of Lord’s Taverners ACT, and are supported by his family.

  • 2022 Grace Lyons and Blake Faunce
  • 2021 Julia Bassett and Zak Keogh
  • 2020 No Awards
  • 2019 Clare Levings and Ethan Fitzpatrick
  • 2018 Matilda Lugg and Tom Engelbrecht
  • 2017 Kelly Rowlings and Josh Low-McMahon
  • 2016 Jessica Howard and Daniel Leerdham
  • 2015 Jodie Hicks and Mac Wright
  • 2014 Alana Ryan and Lain Beckett
  • 2013 Jodie Hicks and Matthew Condon
  • 2012 Emily Aberline and Cameron Roxby
  • 2011 Zoe Cooke and Tom Rogers
  • 2010 Pip Taylor and Aaron Ayre
  • 2009 Rebecca Beath and Aaron Ayre
  • 2008 Nisha Nangrani and Jason Floros
  • 2007 Kirsten Burrowes/Emilee Preston and Jason Behrendorff
  • 2006 Rebecca McRae and Ashton May
  • 2004 Caitlin Rawstron and Adam Ritchard
  • 2003 Clare Currie and John Rogers
  • 2002 Amy Jason-Jones and Sam Gaskin
  • 2001 Hannah Stanley and Dan Pascoe
  • 2000 Genevieve O’Keefe and Sven Holcombe
  • 1999 Kris Brett and David Dawson
  • 1998 Adelaide Jones and Ryan Bulger
  • 1997 Peta Simotas and Duncan Brede
  • 1996 Jenny Austin and Simon McPhillips
  • 1995 Libby Craft and Michael Dawn
  • 1994 Peta Simotas and Jesse Edwards
  • 1993 Mark Higgs
  • 1992 Sean King
  • 1991 Sean Godwin
  • 1990 Meredith Byron
  • 1989 Michael Bevan
  • 1988 Huntley Armstrong
  • 1987 Stephen Frost

Lord’s Taverners Disability Awards

For nearly 20 years, our annual Disability Awards program has supported young people with physical and intellectual disabilities, enabling them to pursue their sporting goals.

Our rigorous selection process ensures that support goes to applicants with clear objectives and the drive to achieve them. The annual Awards presentations are heart-warming affairs that showcase stories of talent, determination and achievement. We are proud to have supported young people who went on to become national champions and even olympians in their chosen disciplines – but we’re just as proud of those who made a go of it in local competitions.

If you would like to apply for Lord’s Taverners Disability Award, please Apply for Support.

Blind Cricket ACT

Lord’s Taverners ACT is a long-time supporter of Blind Cricket ACT, which manages the game of blind cricket in the ACT and Southern NSW.

We have provided funding for specialised equipment and costs associated with players competing, including uniforms, cricket gear and staging matches, and helped to fund a tour to England by Australia’s national blind cricket team.

In 2023, we provided funding to send seven players and a team manager to participate in a combined ACT-Tasmania team at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships in Brisbane.


Lord’s Taverners ACT is a proud supporter of Pegasus, a not-for-profit Canberra-based community organisation that provides therapeutic horse-facilitated programs and activities for people with disabilities.

We fund the Lord’s Taverners “Taverners Bill” Riding Development Scholarship, which pays the recipient’s annual riding fees. Bill (pictured) was a popular member of the Pegasus herd for many years.

New Arrivals

Lord’s Taverners ACT proudly helps young new arrivals to find their feet in our community through sport. Working with Australian Red Cross, Cricket ACT and local clubs, we have provided funds for clothing, equipment and membership fees in a variety of sports. Our program gives young new arrivals the opportunity to continue to pursue their sporting passion – and, who knows, perhaps one day we’ll see some of them playing for their new country!