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Bandits Advisory Board

Dave Nilsson
Board Member

Dave Nilsson is Australia's top batting hero. In 1992, he became the second big-leaguer trained Down Under. Since, nearly 30 of his fellow countrymen have followed. That group started with Australia's best-remembered pitcher, Graeme Lloyd. Nilsson and Lloyd formed the first all-Aussie battery in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers on April 14, 1993.

So far, only two of Australia's big league batsmen have come to the plate 1,000 times or more in the majors: Nilsson and the man who preceded him, Craig Shipley. Shipley was a useful reserve, but Nilsson emerged as a strong starter in his eight seasons, all with the Brewers. Battling through an array of injuries, he played in 837 games, primarily at catcher, but also frequently in the outfield, at first base, and as designated hitter. He hit .284 with 105 home runs, 470 RBIs, and an OPS of .817.

"Dingo" has been a staunch supporter of Australian baseball in many ways. He could have continued his big-league career after the 1999 season but chose instead to represent his homeland in the 2000 Olympics at Sydney. He played in the ABL during eight Aussie summers from 1989 through 1997. Digging deep into his own bank account, he sought to keep the circuit afloat as majority owner in 1999-2002. Recently, he has been a coach and manager.

Col Dick
Board Member

Col Dick is the Chief Executive Officer of Baseball Queensland and an ardent supporter of the sport in the Brisbane area and all over Queensland.

Darron Reichman
Board Member

Darron is the Principal of Reichman Lawyers and established the practice in 2001.
He has over 25 years legal services experience and was admitted to practice in 1991. Darron has also lectured at Bond University. Areas of Practice include, commercial and estate litigation, body corporate and community management dispute resolution and litigation, property and business transactions, business structures and governance and commercial law.

Paul Campion
Board Member
Paul Campion is a legendary radio host and a dual recipient of the Australian Commercial Radio Award for best music personality. In 2013, Paul was acknowledged at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards for 25 Years service to the industry. He is currently the drive time presenter on 97.3 FM in Brisbane. Paul is the older brother of rugby league great Kevin Campion.

Campion started his career in 1987 at Radio 4MK Mackay with radio legend Simone Feiler, both starting on the same day. He worked at a number of country and regional radio stations including 4VL where he worked under the tutelage of famed radio producer 'Camel' before arriving at Sea FM on the Gold Coast in 1991 to work with Jeff Allis and Guy Dobson.

In 1994, Campion joined 2Day FM Sydney as an on air presenter under Brad March and Brian Ford, he moved to Perth in 1996 as part of MMM working alongside Kyle Sandilands.

Campion then moved back to Queensland in 1997 where he worked at sister Austereo network station B105. At the time Campion achieved the highest ratings figures in Austereo history Austereo.

In 2001, Campion returned once again to Brisbane as the inaugural breakfast host of new DMG ARN partnership 97.3 FM. He has been in is current role as drive presenter since 2005. Paul graduated from AFTRS Radio programming with high distinction at Macquarie University Sydney and since that time has been a QUT mentor for media,communication and journalism students in Brisbane.

Campion is a Co-founder of Couee Community and event organiser for
Paul is married to Lea and has two children.

Brad Harris
Board Member

Brad is the Executive Operations Manager for the Dingo World Series, a Baseball Australia-sanctioned international tournament event for Under-14 teams.

Andrew Latimer
Board Member
Andrew Latimer joined Flight Centre's Corporate Division in the role of Corporate Business Manager in July 2012. For the previous 3 years Andrew was employed as Flight Centre Business Travel Operations Team Leader.

This transition has allowed Andrew to utilise his exceptional relationship building, communication and sales skills in a business to business environment.

Andrew's previous experience in an operational capacity has given him a unique and valuable skill set for the Corporate Travel Market.

This understanding of the Corporate Travel Market means Andrew delivers strong results for his clients, providing innovative cost-effective solutions to ultimately reduce overall expenditure.

Andy Utting
Board Member
The High Performance Manager for Baseball QLD, Andrew Utting played five years in the minor leagues, over a decade in Australia and for the Australian national team. He won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. His brother Ben Utting has also played for the Australian team and in the minors.

Utting made a major impression as the captain of Australia's team in the 1995 World Junior Championships. He helped Australia to a bronze medal after losing by only one run in the semifinals to the Gold Medal winner, the USA. Utting made the tournament All-Star team as the top catcher and later signed with MLB's Baltimore Orioles.

In 1996, Utting made his US debut with the Rookie-level GCL Orioles and the Class A Advanced Frederick Keys. When Scott Dawes was injured in the 1996-1997 ABL season, Utting stepped in as the starting catcher for the Melbourne Reds, batting .170/.245/.213 with a .937 fielding percentage in a rough season. In 1997, Andy played for the Bluefield Orioles, showing good on-baseability and some power.

With Dawes healthy in the ABL in 1997-98, Utting was a backup once more Down Under. He bounced all over the Orioles system in 1998, filling in wherever needed in Bluefield, Frederick, with Double-A Bowie, and the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. His one home run in Triple-A came off of Dwight Gooden, fulfilling a longtime dream.

Utting had trouble throwing due to an injured rotator cuff and required surgery that sidelined him for the winter of 1998-1999. Let go by Baltimore, Utting caught on with the independent Cook County Cheetahs. Moving to first base with the 1999-2000 Victoria Aces, Utting hit only .213/.373/.255. Back with Cook County in 2000, he hit .207 and slugged .261 in over 100 at-bats back at catcher. That winter, he batted .178/.356/.311 in 16 games in the International Baseball League of Australia.

Moving to the Queensland Rams, Utting had a fine 2003 Claxton Shield, hitting .345/.387/.483 with six RBI in seven games to help them to a title. He was on the Australian squad that won the 2003 Oceania Championship. Due to injuries to a couple players, Utting was added to the Australian team for the 2004 Olympics. He batted .263/.417/.263 with six runs in eight games, backing up David Nilsson at catcher and also serving as DH regularly. He scored one of two Australian runs in their gold medal game loss to Cuba as they earned silver.

Utting hit .222/.286/.444 with 6 RBI in 7 games as the starting Australian first baseman in the 2005 Baseball World Cup. In the 2006, Claxton Shield, Andy hit .321/.406/.429 with 6 RBI in 7 games. He batted .308/.438/.615 while splitting DH duties with Ben Risinger in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup and hit .348/.400/.435 as Queensland's C/DH in the 2007 Claxton Shield. He followed with a .275/.375/.300 performance in the 2008 Shield. Utting was with Australia for the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, going 3 for 6 with 4 walks and a time hit by pitch as Australia failed to make it to the 2008 Olympics. He produced two of their four runs in a tough loss to Mexico.

Graham Vankan
Board Member