Jack Maddocks is an accomplished sportsman who currently plays for the Melbourne Rebels Rugby team, and was recently named in the Australian Wallabies squad for the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series. Jack was also a first grade cricketer, and Rugby World Cup u20’s team member.
I knew Cooper through primary school and the early years of high school. I played cricket and was friends with his older brother Mitch. Cooper was such a promising young cricketer that he used to train and play with us as well sometimes. I also remember he loved his AFL. My memory of Cooper is that he was a incredibly nice young boy who loved his sport. I saw a lot of myself in him, through his passion for being outdoors and spending time with his mates.
When I was 13 my older brother Will was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Luckily for us, Will made it through. But It was the toughest time of my life watching him go through his treatment so I understand fully the effects that cancer has not only on the patient but also those close to them.
Through my relationships with Will, Cooper and others, cancer has become something which I feel incredibly strongly about. So when I was offered the opportunity to become an ambassador for the Cooper Rice-Brading foundation, I jumped at the opportunity. I’m incredibly humbled to be given this opportunity and hope that I can make a difference in some way.
Paul Roos played 87 games for the Swans after joining the club in 1995 following a star-studded career with the old Fitzroy club or the Brisbane Lions as they are now known. This included six seasons as captain. Paul was runner-up in the Brownlow Medal – AFL’s highest individual player award, in 1986 after finishing third the year before. He also won the E J Whitten Medal, awarded to the best Victorian player in State of Origin football, in 1985 and 1988.
During his career with Fitzroy, he was a member of the Victorian representative team 10 years running, two as captain. He was also named in the All-Australian team on seven occasions, twice as captain.
After retiring as Swans coach, Paul took assumed the role of overseeing the Swans Academy, and made his mark as a columnist with News Limited newspapers and as a member of Fox Sports AFL commentary team.
In late 2013, the Melbourne Demons signed him for a three year deal with the club. He successfully turned MFC fortunes around during his tenure.
At the end of 2016, Paul stepped away from his coaching duties with the Melbourne Demons and announced his return to the media, with FOX Sports and Triple M.
One of the joys of coaching your boys in junior sport is the contact you have with other families and the lessons you can pass on. Often you come across boys that teach you valuable lessons also. One such family was the Rice-Bradings, and the young man that taught us all lessons was Cooper.
I was blessed to have spent time with Mitch and Coop. Coopers courage compassion and love of life was inspiring. He was a huge Demon and Swans fan and I’m pleased to say a great mate.
Its a privilege to be asked to continue his legacy through the Foundation.
Coop we will always remember you and you will always inspire us all.
Baxter Holt – CRBF Ambassador
Baxter Holt, is a young man who attended The Kings School, Sydney, who has been on the fringe of our life for many years. He and Cooper, had trialled side by side for representative cricket selection for many years, and had faced one another on the field on many occasions, throughout the Sydney GPS cricket competition. Coop’s big brother Mitch had also played against Baxter in the GPS competition.
But it was not just Baxter’s outstanding achievements on the cricket field that resonated with Cooper, it was his thoughtfulness, and his unsolicited kindness.
Baxter took the time to write to Coop, when he was at his lowest ebb, after their school teams met on the field in the latter part of 2016. Cooper was struggling at this stage, as his cancer had metastasised to his right femur, and the pain of bowling was immense. He was however, hell-bent, on ensuring no-one outside the family knew. Baxter had no idea how serious Cooper’s condition was at the time, nor would he have known how much his words beautifully chosen words, meant to Coop, when he was so desperately in need of that random act of kindness.
Baxter has remained close to our family, and we are honoured to have him join us as Youth Ambassador for the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.
2018 Member Australian u19’s World Cup Cricket team
2017 Sixers Academy Squad
2017 Captain AAGPS x1 team
2017 Captain The Kings School 1st X1
2017 Member NSW metro u19 Australian Championship winning team
2017 NSW 2nd x1
Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli
Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli has graced the Sydney airwaves since 2011. After beginning his radio career in Perth, then becoming a regular on the ‘Hamish and Andy’ Saturday morning show, he moved to Sydney and teamed up with Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald at Nova 969. The boys started their breakfast show tenure together and have been entertaining Sydney siders over their breakfast and on their commute to work ever since. Michael attended Scotch College, Melbourne, and is married to Lisa, with two lively little boys, Ted and Jack. Michael’s family and his highly successful media career, however, are but two of the many facets of his very busy life.
Michael has volunteered extensively in the not for profit space, with organisations such as Bandaged Bear(Westmead Children’s Hospital), My Room Children’s Cancer Charity, and the Cancer Council. Michael also had intimate knowledge of sarcoma, through the tragic loss of a close friend, and used his medical connections nationally, to assist Cooper and his family in sourcing treatment options.
Michael formed a very special, and deeply meaningful friendship with Cooper in the final year of his life, enabling him to laugh, to dream, and to experience the normalcy he so yearned. Not once did Michael fail in his support of Cooper through the very difficult times. Since Cooper’s passing, Michael has vowed to assist the Foundation in very practical terms, by joining the Board, to ensure Cooper’s vision and his legacy are preserved.