David Shipway AM to Receive AFL’s Jack Titus Service Award

The West Adelaide Football Club would like to congratulate life member, David Shipway AM on receiving the AFL’s Jack Titus Service Award for his outstanding contribution to Australian Football.

David served on the SA Football Commission for 21 years and held the position of Deputy Chairman from 2012 to 2016.  This was preceded by a role as a West Adelaide board member from 1985-94 including serving as Chairman in 1988-89 and president from 1990-94.

His work in Community Football across South Australia is outstanding which was recognised in 2017 when he received an Order of Australia Medal.

David recalls his passion for AFL starting at West Adelaide when he was just a child getting autographs from legends like Ken Eustice and Neil Kerley who turned into lifelong friends.

BL Shipway has sponsored the club for over 40 years and is currently supporting the junior program.

David has requested that the AFL present the Jack Titus Medal to him at a West Adelaide home match function where he will also be our guest speaker. The date of this match will be released soon. Members and supporters will be able to attend and purchase tickets for $65 which includes a two course meal, beer, wine and soft drinks as well as entry into the match.

We once again congratulate Shippy on his outstanding achievements and we thank him for his unwavering support of the West Adelaide Football Club.


Chairman, South Australian Community Football League (2009 – 2017) ;
Deputy Chairman, South Australian Football Commission (2012 – 2016) ;
Member of South Australian Football Commission (1997 – 2017) ;
Chairman, SANFL Life Members Committee (2001 – present) ;
Chairman, West Adelaide Football Club (1988 – 1989) ;
President, West Adelaide Football Club (1990 – 1994);
Management Committee Member, West Adelaide Football Club (1985 – 1994).


  • Order of the Member of Australia for Services to Football (2017) ;
  • Life Member of SANFL (2008) ;
  • Life Member of West Adelaide Football Club (2000) ;
  • Introduction of mandatory para & quad insurance cover under National Insurance Scheme ;
  • SA Volunteer of the Year Award named in David Shipway’s honour ;
  • Responsible for the SA Community Football League funding contributions to the value of $8 million to Community Football between 2009 and 2017;
  • At the forefront of many fundraising activities for families and communities struck by tragedy, including: Provision of 22,000L rainwater storage tanks to 60 drought-affected clubs between 2012-14;
  • Donation of grain field bins to 80 clubs across wheat belt areas as fund-raisers, resulting in 600k funds raised;
  • Provision of six 200,000L water tanks to communities affected by 2015 Pinery bushfires;
  • Establishment of the annual Miners Cup competition between Broken Hill / Roxby Downs leagues;
  • $60,000 fundraising in 2018  for teen Tai Martin-Page after suffering a spinal cord injury;
  • $100,000 fundraising in 2019 for former SANFL/AFL player Mark Mickan after Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.