It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Steve Chisholm has lost his long battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.
Steve is the founder of this club and worked tirelessly in the early years to keep this club going. We are forever indebted to him.
It all starter in 2007 with a vision to bring AFL the Lane Cove region. Steve Chisholm was a long time Lane Cove resident but felt the kids in the region needed a club of their own so they could play Australia’s indigenous game.
He knocked on the doors of all the local schools and lobbied the NSW AFL. He eventually started an Auskick programme at St Michaels Primary School; which was amazing considering his son was too old for Auskick.
Steve was ably assisted by Roger Caine. Each year they managed to persuade more and more members to join up. This eventually led to the formation of an Under 9 and 10’s team.
In 2011 Steve Chisholm met another ex Victorian who had a similar vision of AFL in Lane Cove, but on a bigger stage. Enter Nick Brumley who turned the St Michael’s Blues into the the club we know today, the Lane Cove Cats.
Many people thought he would never succeed. With clubs already established in the region, the risks were high. But Steve wanted to create something unique; a junior football club in Lane Cove that prides itself on providing a platform for kids of all abilities to enjoy Australia’s indigenous game.
His selfishness, drive, commitment and empathy for others are the cornerstones of the club we know today.
Steve’s legacy will live on with the club and in the community for many years to come. His son, Alex Chisholm, is an emerging AFL umpire, who reached the highest level last year when goal umpiring the his first AFL match between Sydney v North Melbourne in round 7 (2018). He is also survived by his wife Kate.
Rest in peace Steve.