Today, more than a thousand people gathered together to honour the life of Ken Crichton

Dr Ken Crichton, a great friend of the Australian dance community, has died just 10 days before his 60th birthday.

The sports physician was born on December 1, 1955 and died on November 21 in Sydney.

A memorial service was held today, the 30th of November, at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in Rose Bay, Sydney.

Ken, who loved golf, skiing and tennis, had only recently joined the club.

Almost every dancer and dance teacher in Sydney knew Ken. His empathy with every one of them was remarkable and he supported them all, giving them hope that they would soon recover from their injury or pain.

Around 1300 people attended the service, many more than the club had expected.

His children, Angus and Katie Crichton, both spoke of the love they had for their father and his influence on their lives, as did his close friends.

Ken had worked for many years in Sydney, most recently at the North Sydney Sports Medicine Centre in St Leonards.

His achievements are still listed on the centre’s website:

“Dr Ken Crichton was born in 1955 and completed his medical training with honours at the University of New South Wales in 1978. He has been a full time sports and exercise physician since 1982.

“He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for services to Australian sport having completed the role as deputy chief medical officer and head of athlete care for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“He was awarded Australian Dance Community Honours in 1993 and a Citation for Distinguished Service to The Australasian College of Sports Physicians in 2006.

“Dr Crichton is director of Sports Medicine at the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre and is a consultant sports physician at the Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine at the New Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

“He holds a fellowship in the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, is a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation (an elected rather than academic award) and achieved the Level 3 Immediate care in Rugby certification in 2015.

“In March 2007 he was accepted as a foundation fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK).

“He was elected president of the Australian College of Sports Physicians in 1992 for a two year term and was chairman of training for the college for a three year term following his presidency. He continues to serve the college as a member of the Court of Examiners”.

Ken was the medical director for the Australian Ballet and the medical consultant for both the Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Every dancer in those companies, past and present, and every student dancer and teacher, will always remember his care and kindness.

In the last six months, Ken suffered from severe depression.

The program for today’s memorial service suggested “in remembrance of Ken” that mourners might “consider a donation to the Black Dog Institute or The Australian Ballet”.

Dr Ken Crichton