Ted Pickett

Edward (Ted) Pickett (b 1909), sportsman, excelled at cricket, football, badminton, tennis, middle-distance running, golf, billiards and snooker. His all-rounder status possibly cost him national selection. One of Tasmania's best wicketkeepers, he represented the state at cricket nine times, including against Don Bradman in 1930. He won the Pardey Shield for tennis in 1926 while still at school, and in 1935 the Tasman Shield Trophy for the Northern Tasmanian Football Association's best and fairest football player. In 1955 he won the Tasmanian billiards and snooker titles, the first person to achieve both in the same year, also becoming the first Tasmanian to win the Australian Amateur Snooker Championship. A bookmaker for 37 years and a true 'sporting gentleman', Pickett was inducted into the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame in 1994.

Further reading: information provided by Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.

Jai Paterson