Born in 1936 in Point Pearce, South Australia, Mr Copley was an important advocate for the rights of Aboriginal people and played a leading role in the advancement of Indigenous cricket in Australia.
A talented and accomplished cricketer and footballer, Mr Copley went on to become a respected sports administrator.
In 2000 Mr Copley was appointed as the inaugural co-Chair of Cricket Australia’s National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Council, a role he filled until 2013 where in his final term he served alongside Cricket Australia Director and former Premier of South Australia, Dr John Bannon.
Mr Copley was a strong supporter of cricket in the Northern Territory and a regular feature at the annual Imparja Cup in Alice Springs.
Among his key achievements in sports administration, Mr Copley organised an international tour of England for Indigenous cricketers in 1988 to commemorate Australia’s first international tour in 1868, a team which consisted solely of Indigenous Australians.
NT Cricket sends its condolences to Mr Copley’s family and friends.