The St John’s community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Vickerman earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Mr Paul Dellow, President of The Johnsmen’s Association, shared the following reflection on behalf of the alumni organisation of St John’s College:
Vale Dan Vickerman
The Johnsmen’s Association is saddened to hear of the passing of Johnsman Dan Vickerman (1999-2000). Vickerman started at John’s midway through 1999 after moving from Cape Town to pursue studies and a football career at the University of Sydney. Despite being a man of impressive stature, Dan was not one to impose himself on others and preferred to bemusedly observe the goings on of College from afar. In 2000, he was a key member of the victorious Rawson Cup rugby side that crushed their opposition, defeating St Paul’s (39-10), St Andrew’s (45-5) and Wesley (36-10). Dan possessed a quiet intensity that he applied to all that he did, both on and off the field.
Vickerman made his debut with the Wallabies in 2002 and went onto play for the Wallabies in 63 matches including three World Cup campaigns. He notched up 78 caps for the Brumbies and Waratahs between 2001-2011 and 49 First Grade Games for Sydney University including 3 Grand Finals. In the midst of all this, he found time to study Land Economy at Cambridge University.
He will fondly be remembered as one of the toughest players on the field and one of the nicest off the field.
The Association extends its deepest condolences to his wife Sarah, their two young boys, extended families and his fellow Johnsmen.
President – The Johsnmen’s Association