The Board


John Bertrand AO - Chair

John Bertrand is an international sportsman, businessman and philanthropist.

He skippered the winged keel Australia 11 to victory over Dennis Connor’s 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 11 victory as the “greatest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport”. A World champion and Olympic bronze medallist (Finn class, Montreal), John represented Australia in five America’s Cups and two Olympic Games.

John is both a businessman and philanthropist. In his business career, he successfully built companies in the marine industry, property development and digital media industries.

In September 2013, John was appointed Chairman and President of Swimming Australia.

John continues to be a Mentor to many young aspiring Olympians.

He is a Vice Chancellor Professorial Fellow at Monash University. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Monash University, a Master of Science from MIT in Boston and an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in April 2004
Appointed Chair of the SAHOF Board in May 2005
Elevated to 'Legend' status in SAHOF in October 2013



Rob Bradley AM - Excutive 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 made Rob a Grand Knight in the Order of Lifesaving 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 recently 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 SAHOF Board in March 2015



The Hon Lord Mayor Sally Capp - Independent Director
Lord Mayor City of Melbourne

Sally Capp has extensive experience in CEO and executive leadership roles in both government and large corporations. She is currently Executive Director of the Victorian division at the Property Council of Australia; prior to her current role, Sally was Chief Operating Officer at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI).

Sally has acted on a number of Boards for a range of companies and not-for-profit organisations. Sally is currently an Advisory Board Member of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, a Board Member of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, and Trustee of the Mary Jane Lewis Trust.

Appointed to the SAHOF Board in 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, ICC and Australian Cricket Halls of Fame. Once retired, she became the first female head of the Bupa National Cricket Centre (formerly the CA 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 CA’s Head of Junior Cricket and a Director of the LOC for ICC WT20 2020. 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.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in October 2017



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, the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and 2006/2018 Melbourne Commonwealth Games organising bodies, State and Federal governments, Sport Australia (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: 1972 in Munich; 1976 in Montreal; and 1980 in Moscow - captaining the Australian Team at the latter two Games. He played over 300 games for Australia from 1970-80. He was a member of the HQ staff at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and from 1991-93 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.

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General Bio

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


Robert de Castella AO MBE - Athlete Member Director

Robert 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 & 1992) and won gold at two Commonwealth Games (1982 & 1986).

He is a former Board Member of Sport Australia (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 the 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 4th Dan black belt in Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate. 

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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in May 1997
Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 1997
Appointed Chair of the SAHOF Selection Committee in 2000


Geoffrey Henke AO - General Member Director

Geoff 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 Chairman 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.


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General Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1993
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in 1997



The Hon Rod Kemp - Independent Director

The Hon. Rod Kemp was one of the 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 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 Kemp also chairs a non-profit organisation and is a trustee of a major philanthropic fund.


Appointed to the SAHOF Board as an Independent in October 2012 


Michael McKay OAM - Athlete Member Director

Michael 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.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2007
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in February 2009


Kieren Perkins OAM - Athlete Member Director

With 11 world records, 2 Olympic Gold, 2 Olympic Silver and more than a dozen Commonwealth and World Championship swimming medals, Kieren's sporting achievements are legendary. Kieren was also an integral member of the Australian delegation sent to Monaco in 1993 to bid for the 2000 Olympics.

Since his retirement from swimming in 2000, Kieren has acted as a former Partner of Performance Global Pty Ltd and former Partner of RogenSi, a global consulting and training company. From consulting, Kieren has moved into corporate roles within the NAB including State Manager NAB Private Wealth in Queensland, Chair of the QLD State Leadership Council, General Manager of NAB Private Client Experience and General Manager NAB Private Direct. He is currently General Manager NAB Enablement Buisness and Private Bank based in Melbourne.

Kieren has also served on numerous Boards including 15 years at the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Swimming Australia, Sport Australia (Australian Sports Commission) and Pain Australia. In 2019 Kieren was reappointed to the Swimming Australia Board. Kieren was made an honorary Doctor of Philosophy by Queensland University in 2001.


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Athlete Bio

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2002
Appointed to the SAHOF Board in 2013


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