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Board Members

John Bertrand AO – Chair

John Bertrand is a businessman, international sportsman, and philanthropist.

He skippered the winged keel Australia II to victory over the US Defender Liberty to win the 1983 America’s Cup, breaking 132 years of American domination and in the process, breaking the longest-running record in the history of modern sport. The Confederation of Australian Sport voted the Australia II victory as the: Greatest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport.

When Australia II crossed the finishing line (after coming from 3 races to 1 down), the nation celebrated as never before.

The late Prime Minister Bob Hawke summed it up – ”any boss who sacks anyone today for not turning up is a bum!”

A World champion and Olympic bronze medalist (Finn class, Montreal), John represented Australia in five America’s Cups and two Olympic Games.

In his business career, he successfully built companies in the marine industry, property development and digital media industries.

He was co-founder and Chairman of Quokka Sports, a pioneering digital sports broadcast company based in Silicon Valley, San Francisco.

John was President of Swimming Australia from 2013 until 2020.

America’s Cup winner, Olympic bronze medalist and multiple world Etchell class sailing champion, John was inducted to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985. In 2013 he was elevated to Legend of Australian Sport. He has also been Chair of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board since since 2005.

John has an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University and is a Vice Chancellor Professorial Fellow at Monash University.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Monash University and a Master of Science from MIT in Boston.

In 2016, Bertrand’s Order of Australia (AM) award was upgraded to Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition for sporting administration, in particular swimming and sailing, children’s welfare, higher education and mentoring of young people.

He continues to mentor young aspiring Olympians.

Rob Bradley AM – Executive Member Director
Representative for Confederation of Australian Sport

Rob Bradley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS), an organisation dedicated to promoting the importance of community sport and advocating the contribution that it makes to Australia from health, social and economic perspectives.

From 1996-2013 Rob was CEO of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia leading drowning prevention advocacy, water safety public education and aquatic risk management. He was Chair of the Australian Water Safety Council from its inception in 1998 until 2013 working to achieve a cooperative and coordinated approach to water safety involving government and water safety agencies. In 2012 the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) made Rob a Grand Knight in the Order of Life Saving having held numerous senior roles including President of the ILS Asia Pacific Region.

In addition to serving on the Board of CAS from 2009 he also served as a Director of the Australian Amusement Leisure and Recreation Association (AALARA) for ten years from 2003.

CAS has previously released three research reports ‘Maximising the Potential of Australian Sport’, ‘Assessing the benefits of reducing physical inactivity by 15% by 2018’ and ‘Maintaining the membership of women in sport’  in order to gain greater understanding and support of sport as an effective weapon for preventative health.

  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – March 2015

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp – Independent Director

Sally Capp was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in May 2018 and was the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor.

Sally was also the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.

Sally began her career as a Solicitor, after completing Law (Honours) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne. Sally has held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ, and she took the small business she co-founded to the ASX.

A passionate Magpies supporter, in 2004 Sally made history as the first female board member of Collingwood Football Club. She is involved in a number of charities, currently sitting on the Board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and the Melbourne University Faculty of Business and Economics.

  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – November 2015

Belinda Clark AO – Athlete Member Director

Belinda Clark became Captain of the Australian Team at 23, leading Australia in 11 Tests and 101 One-Day Internationals, with a win-rate of over 80%, and won two World Cups. She was the first player, male or female, to make a double century in a one-day international. She opened the batting and averages over 45 in both Tests and ODI.

She was named Cricketer of the Year in the inaugural edition of Wisden Australia, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000, inducted into the NSW, International Cricket Council and Australian Cricket Halls of Fame.

Once retired, she became the first female head of the Bupa National Cricket Centre (formerly the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence) overseeing the development of Australia’s best young male and female cricketers.

Belinda has recently turned her attention to grassroots sport and is now Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, Community Cricket. Belinda has a degree in Applied Science (Physiotherapy), experience in sports administration across multiple roles and in 2015 attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

  • Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame – 2011
  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – October 2017
  • Appointed to Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program Selection Committee – 2018

Perry Crosswhite AM – General Member Director

Perry Crosswhite’s contribution to sport in Australia have been significant, both as an athlete and as a sports administrator where he has played a major role in devising, establishing and administering programs which supported the resurgence and sustained success of Australian sport over more than three decades.

In his long career he has held senior sports positions with the Australian Olympic Committee, 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2006/2018 Melbourne Commonwealth Games organising bodies, State and Federal Governments, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission) and Australian Institute of Sport.

A former American who naturalised in 1971, Perry was brought to Australia to play basketball by Lindsay Gaze and began his career with the Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club playing with this team from 1969 to 1980. During this period the team won numerous Victorian and National Club championships. In recognition of his playing record he was inducted into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2016.

He represented his adopted country in Basketball in three Olympics: Munich 1972; Montreal 1976; and Moscow 1980 – captaining the Australian Team at the latter two Games. He played over 300 games for Australia from 1970-1980. He was a member of the Headquarters staff at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and from 1991-1993 was part of the team which bid successfully for the 2000 Olympics.

Perry joined the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) in 1995, initially as General Manager, before becoming the ACGA’s first CEO in 1999. In this position, and until his retirement in 2015, he was responsible for the funding, organisation and preparation of the Australian Teams which competed at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games, as well as the many other programs and projects undertaken by the ACGA.
Perry was also a Director of the Company which successfully bid to secure the rights to host both the 2006 Melbourne and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and subsequently became a Director of the both 2006 and 2018 Games organising committees.

His contribution to Australian sport extends beyond elite-level to include participation. As the first professional Recreation/Sport Officer employed by the Victorian Government back in 1973, he is credited as having helped design, implement and administer programs that expanded opportunities for Australians to participate in sport including ‘Sport for All’, ‘Aussie Sports’ and ‘Life. Be in It”.

In June 2007 Perry was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Awards for his service to sport, particularly through executive roles with the Commonwealth and Olympic Games organisations, and to basketball as a competitor at national and international levels. He was made a General Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2003.

  • Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame – 2003
  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Selection Committee – 2017
  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – June 2018

Robert de Castella AO MBE – Athlete Member Director

Rob de Castella won the world championship in 1983 and was a world record holder in the marathon from 1981 to 1984. He represented Australia at four Olympic Games (1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992) and won gold at two Commonwealth Games (1982 and 1986).

He is a former Board Member of Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission) and former Director of the Australian Institute of Sport. He is an outspoken advocate for community health targeting child obesity through his SmartStart for Kids! charity.

In 2009 he launched the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), a health promotion charity that uses marathon and running to address health and social issues by celebrating resilience and the achievement of our Indigenous people. He is a Founding Director of Deeks Health Foods, a grain and gluten free food business.

Rob still runs most days and is also now a passionate traditional martial arts practitioner with his 4-Dan black belt in Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate.

  • Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame – 1985
  • Appointed to Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – May 1997
  • Appointed to the Sport Australia hall of Fame Selection Committee – 1997
  • Appointed Chair of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Selection Committee – 2000

Dawn Fraser AC MBE – Athlete Member Director

Dawn Fraser was born in Balmain on September 4, 1937. Dawn is the youngest of 8 children to Kenneth George Fraser and Rose Christina Miranda and siblings Joyce, Rose, Kenneth, Heather, John, Hugh, Donald and Alick. Dawn has a daughter, Dawn-Lorraine Fraser and Grandson Jackson Fraser.

Dawn started swimming at the age of 4 because she was asthmatic. She attended Birchgrove Pubic Primary School then to Riversdale High for 6 months before transferring to Leichardt Girls High School to finish off schooling where she left at age 15 to start her first full time job as a dressmaker.

Dawn swam for NSW in Australian titles then went onto the Olympics where her swimming career took off.

1956 Melbourne Olympic Games; 2 Gold, 1 Silver
1960 Rome Olympic Games; 1 Gold, 2 Silver
1964 Tokyo Olympic Games; 1 Gold, 2 Silver

Dawn was the first swimmer to win the same event at three consecutive Olympic Games.

After Dawn’s swimming career she owned a cheese shop in Balmain for five years and owned a hotel for another five years. She is also Patron of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia (also favourite animal), Seahorse Nippers Noosa and Paws for Friendship.

  • 1961 Awarded Helms award
  • 1962 First female to break one-minute barrier for the 100m freestyle
  • 1964 Australian of the Year
  • 1964 Awarded the ABC Sportsperson of the Year
  • 1965 Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame at Fort Lauderdale
  • 1965 Awarded MBE, Member of the British Empire
  • 1980 Awarded the Olympic Order by the IOC
  • 1985 Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as the inaugural female Inductee
  • 1988 Bi-Centenary Ambassador and went to Seoul Olympics representing Australia
  • 1988-1991 spent a term in the NSW State Parliament for of city of Balmain
  • 1993 Elevated to Legend status in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • 1998 Awarded AO, Officer of the Order of Australia
  • 1999 Voted Female Swimmer of the Century in Vienna
  • 1999 Athlete of the Century Australian Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1999 World’s Greatest living female water Sports Champion
  • 2000 Awarded Australian Sports Medal
  • 2000 Made First Lady of the Sydney Olympic Games by President of the IOC Juan Antonio Samaranch
  • 2018 Awarded AC, Companion of the Order of Australia
  • 2019 Awarded Life Member of Swimming Australia
  • 2019 Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board

Geoffrey Henke AO – General Member Director

Geoff Henke occupies a unique place in the history of Australia Winter Sports. He is often referred to as ‘The Godfather’ of Winter Sports. Henke is an instrumental figure behind the development of the Icehouse, Australia’s National Ice Sports Centre. He was also involved in the development of the Ski Resorts at Falls Creek and Dinner Plain within Victoria.

After a distinguished ice hockey playing career, Geoff moved to sports administration, rising to become President of the Australia Ski Federation, Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Winter Games Team for a record six times (1976-1994), International Ski Federation (FIS) Council Member for 14 years, and was Australia’s first FIS Executive Board Member to be made a life member in 2008.

In 1998, Henke became the Foundation Chair of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. In a nation focused on summer sports, Henke has worked tirelessly to grow an Australian winter sports culture that has led to Olympic medals, World Championships and World Cup glory.

Henke was an Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Executive Member from 1985-2001, attaining the position of Senior Vice President. He was recognised with AOC Life Membership and awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee in 2000. He was also heavily involved in the Olympic Bids for Melbourne 1996 and the successful Sydney 2000 Games. He was an Executive Member of the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) from 1979-1984. Henke was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999.

  • Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame – 1985
  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – 1997

The Hon Rod Kemp AM – Independent Director

Rod Kemp was one of Australia’s longest serving Federal Ministers of Sport. During the period of 2001 to 2007, he worked closely with sporting organisations. He was awarded the Order of Merit by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) for his work in; the areas of anti-doping, funding for Olympic athletes, high performance and community sport, a major upgrade of the AIS and management reform.

The AOC also highlighted the ‘far reaching review of Australian football (soccer), which he initiated, has had a profound effect on the development of that sport’. The Australian Paralympic Committee awarded Rod the Australian Paralympic Medal ‘for his support of Australian sport and in particular, Paralympic sport’. Rod also Chairs a non-profit organisation and is a trustee of a major philanthropic fund.

  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board as an Independent – October 2012

Michael McKay OAM – Athlete Member Director

Mike McKay is considered one of Australia’s most successful oarsmen over the long history of the sport, as can be demonstrated by his results. He competed in five successive Olympics from 1988 to 2004, was a finalist in all and won medals at four of them. He won gold with the ‘Oarsome Foursome’ at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics, silver with the eight in Sydney and bronze with the eight in Athens. He was a finalist, finishing fifth, with the eight in Seoul.

Mike was awarded an OAM for service to sport in 1987 and was recognized as the Australian Rower of the Year in 1999. He served as a Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee from 1997-2000 and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. In July 2007, Mike was awarded the prestigious Thomas Keller Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rowing as a competitor and sports personality. To this day he is esteemed as a sportsman of great note to our aspiring champions.

  • Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame – 2007
  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – February 2009

Andrew Plympton AM – Independent Director

Andrew has enjoyed a long and successful career in the business sector, in particular the financial services industry, and as Chairman and Director of both ASX-listed and unlisted companies. Andrew’s background and achievements in sport and sport administration is well documented.

Over the last twenty years, Andrew has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of two global insurance broking firms.

In the ASX-listed companies’ sector, Andrew currently serves as Chairman of Harris Technology Limited and has served on nine ASX Listed Companies as either Non-Executive Director or Chairman. With over twelve year experience in the ASX listed space experience gained in new technologies (LED lighting, Bitcoin, On line sales) and traditional areas including aerospace, manufacturing and labour hire.

Andrew enjoys a high profile in the sporting sector, and served as an Executive Member of the Australian Olympic Committee for an eight year period. Andrew holds an appointment as Commissioner of the Australian Sports Commission (which includes the Australian Institute of Sport). He also chairs the Audit, Finance and Governance Committee of the Australian Sports Commission and was the Chairman of Finance and Risk at the Australian Olympic Committee. In 2014 Andrew was elected Commodore of the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. He was the longest serving President of Yachting Australia Inc, a position he held for seven years. Andrew also served as Chairman of the Australian Football League (AFL) Club St Kilda Football Club Limited for eight years.

Andrew has been successful in the sport of sailing, winning one World Championship and numerous titles. He holds several sporting achievement awards and life memberships from two sporting organisations.

In January 2018 Andrew was honoured in the Australia Day Awards becoming a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to sport and sport governance

  • Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board as an Independent – November 2020
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