Sal Vasta

Mr Sal Vasta

Life member 2012.
Sal Vasta

Sal Joined South Brisbane District Cricket Club in 1998. Sal had an illustrious lower grade career scoring many runs and taking a few wickets in 5th grade and 6th grade for Souths. Sal was a member of the Souths 6th Grade Premiership Team in Season 2007-2008. Sal has also organised and played a number of Seasons in the Warehouse Winter Competition for Souths giving many younger players the opportunity to play in Winter. Sal continues to play in both over 40’s and is a driving force behind the Sunday Legends T20 competition which aims to give former players at the club an opportunity for the occasional T20 game for the club.

Sal was first elected to the Management Committee in 2000. Sal was later elected as the Secretary serving in that position from 2002 until 2006 when he was elected as President of Souths serving until 2011. Sal was appointed as a delegate for South Brisbane to Queensland Cricket in 2002 until he was elected to the Board of Qld Cricket in 2011.

During that time he served on the Grade Committee from 2008 as a voice for the club. He also served on the Racial Vilification Committee since 2004 and the Conducts Committee since 2005. Sal was elected to board of Queensland Cricket in 2010 and subsequently elected as the Deputy Chairman of Queensland Cricket in 2011.

During that time, Sal oversaw a re-structure of the Committee and the Constitution of the Club. Sal oversaw many changes in his time as President including a new Canteen structure, recruitment of Brian May to Souths as 1st Grade Captain, the new coaching structure, Presidents Day including the Life Member Roll Call, recruiting as Patron of the Club in 2008 of Premier Anna Bligh, fostering closer ties with Souths Juniors, the agreement with Yeronga AFL including the acquisition on Lights for Jack Cooke oval in exchange for use of the oval, the recycled water project which resulted in drought proofing Norm Gray oval after a decade of drought and difficult conditions for the club and many others.

The floods of January 2011 left the clubhouse devastated and Sal drove the committee and the club towards the re-build process from day one of the disaster. His tireless efforts in seeking assistance from government resulted in Souths being the first club to receive significant State and Local Government grant funds as an example to other clubs within the State. Sal’s vision to take the opportunity to improve the physical structure of the clubhouse are evidenced in the new ‘John McKnoulty Clubhouse” and the success of the building is no small part attributed to his direction as President.

Sal’s family have been involved in club activities also, including his wife, Deb Vasta who was presented with Volunteer of the Year in 2009-2010. Sal’s son Xavier also plays cricket for Souths as has his brother Damien. Sal’s family are regularly seen at the club and his family as a whole are supporters of South Brisbane Cricket Club.

Sal has been a Senior Crown Prosecutor in Queensland for many years and was appointed to the Federal Court in 2015. We congratulate Justice Vasta.