The WA sporting landscape has been left with an hole in its heart following the passing of veteran sports broadcaster Colin Minson.
Minson, the founding chairman of Sport FM 91.3 and long-time cricket and football broadcaster, passed away on Monday night aged 75, following an eight-month battle with leukemia.
The man affectionately known as ‘Minno’ was anything but a minnow, a giant of the WA sports industry whose services to cricket and football were recognised with both life membership of WA Cricket and the Cometti Award at the WA Football Media Guild awards last year.
He enjoyed a rich and varied career in the sports industry as a statistician, player agent and football manager in the WAFL, as well as a three-decade stint as one of WA’s most recognisable voices across both cricket and football airwaves.
As an agent, Minson was responsible for helping Subiaco forward Gary Buckenara secure a $100,000 deal with Hawthorn and was instrumental in convincing Brian Peake to accept a lucrative deal with Geelong in 1981.
WA Cricket chairman Terry Waldron called Minson one of the outstanding figures of WA sport in his lifetime, whose passion for cricket raised its profile and helped shine a light on all levels of the game.
“He helped keep cricket on the map at a time we couldn’t get much coverage. His coverage through Sports FM of our local Premier Cricket competitions was fantastic and helped elevate that competition, but not only that, he supported other levels of community cricket, across the metropolitan area and in the country,” he said.
On Sport FM’s breakfast show on Tuesday, longtime friend Wayne Clark said Minson’s legacy was one not just of a great broadcaster, but also a mentor to all he worked with.
“He was just a fantastic pal over a period of time and there are so many people who owe him so much,” he said.
“A lot of guys have been given the opportunity to get to the positions they are in radio right around Australia and even overseas and what he’s done for grassroots sports, especially for cricket, the service that he’s provided over many years has just been extraordinary.
“The biggest thing that he did, he loved to see people improve and go on to something bigger and better.”
Waldron said Minson was an energetic, enthusiastic character who was never short of an opinion – something apparent in his broadcasts – but who would also go above and beyond to help those in need.
“Only a week ago, from his hospice, he spoke on 6PR radio pointing out the fact that people couldn’t visit cancer patients at the end of their life,” he said.
“He did what was so common for Colin, he helped others all the time and in the last days of his life, he helped ensure people would get to see their their relatives who were very sick in the hospice.”
Such was Waldron’s respect for Minson, he would frequently bounce ideas of him and discuss the WA cricket landscape.
“He helped me in cricket because he was willing to raise points in how he thought the game could be better, but he also had a lot of influence in the football world,” he said.
“It’s going to be strange going around the cricket grounds and not catching up with Minno next year.”
Minson is survived by his wife Irene, and their children and grandchildren.