John Bertrand AO – Chair
John Bertrand AO is a businessman, international sportsman, and philanthropist. He has been Chair of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board since 2005.
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 with the late Prime Minister Bob Hawke AC GCL summing 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), Bertrand 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.
The America’s Cup winner, Olympic bronze medalist, and multiple world Etchell class sailing champion was inducted to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 and in 2013 was elevated to Legend of Australian Sport.
John has an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University, is a Vice Chancellor Professorial Fellow at Monash University and 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.
Bertrand was President of Swimming Australia from 2013 until 2020 and continues to mentor young aspiring Olympians.
- 1969: Graduated Monash University with a Bachelor of Engineering
- 1971: Graduated Boston MIT with a Master of Science
- 1984: Made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
- 1985: Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- 1993: Inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame
- 2000: Awarded the Australian Sports Medal
- 2001: Awarded the Centenary Medal
- 2004: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board
- 2005: Appointed as Chair of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board
- 2013: Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Victoria University
- 2013: Elevated to Legend of Australian Sport
- 2014: Made Monash University Vice Chancellor Professional Fellow
- 2016: Upgraded to Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Alisa Camplin-Warner AM – Athlete Member Director
Alisa Camplin-Warner AM won Australia’s first ever Winter Olympic Gold Medal in Freestyle Aerial Skiing, and is a respected leader in Australian business, sports administration, and corporate governance. She spent 16 years as a global executive with IBM from 1996-2012, leading teams across Sales, Delivery and Strategy/Transformation. Today, Alisa is a highly experienced Non- Executive Company Director, an in-demand keynote speaker and corporate consultant assisting organisations to achieve repeatable sustainable success through a focus on resilience, mindset and improved human performance.
Camplin-Warner is currently a Director of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Deputy Chef de Mission for the Australian 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic team, the ‘THINK Well’ Ambassador for AIA Insurance’s Vitality Program, the Collingwood Football Club’s Patron of Women’s Sport, and Co-founder of the charity project Finnan’s Gift. She is a purpose and values driven leader, known for her passion, integrity, analytical thinking, big ideas, operational excellence, and outcome orientated competitive nature.
Camplin-Warner has previously held the roles of Chair: Australian Sport Foundation 2010-2013, Deputy Chair/Director: Sport Australia (Australian Sports Commission) 2007-2018, Director: Collingwood Football Club 2009-2018, and was the Performance Manager for Australia’s 2018 Winter Olympic Team and Chef de Mission for Australian’s 2012 Youth Winter Olympic Team. Alisa holds a Bachelor of Information Technology, a Doctorate honoris causa from Edith Cowan University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Alisa currently lives and works in Hong Kong with her young family.
- 2000: Awarded the Australian Sport Medal
- 2003: Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
- 2008: Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- 2019: Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
- 2021: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board
Belinda Clark AO – Athlete Member Director
Belinda Clark AO was a prolific, right-handed, opening batter who, across her career amassed 919 Test runs at an average of 45.90 and 4,844 One Day International (ODI) runs at 47.49. She was appointed Captain of the Australian Cricket Team in 1994 – at just 23 years old – which was a position she held for eleven years which included victorious ICC Women’s World Cup tournaments in 1997 and 2005. She holds the record for most matches as Captain of the Australian Team (101 games at a winning rate of 83%) and remains the only Australian in cricket history to score a double century in an ODI innings. In domestic competition, Clark won five Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) championships with New South Wales and two with Victoria.
Clark is widely considered a pioneer of the game and one of the greatest female players to play the game. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, the second ever into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, with her accomplishments on the field matched by her contribution of it through her efforts to grow the game as an administrator on the Executive at Cricket Australia and as a member of the ICC Women’s Committee.
Upon retirement, 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, then turned her attention to grassroots sport as Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, Community Cricket.
Clark 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.
In 2017 she was appointed to the Board of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, in 2018, appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program Selection Committee and in 2020 she founded The Leadership Playground.
- 1992: Graduated University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Physiotherapy
- 1998: Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year
- 1998: Appointed Assistant Development Manager at Cricket New South Wales
- 2000: Appointed CEO of Women’s Cricket Australia
- 2000: Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
- 2005: Appointed as Senior Manager, Team Performance at Cricket Australia
- 2008: Inducted into NSW Hall of Champions
- 2011: Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- 2011: Inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
- 2014: Inaugural female inductee to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame
- 2015: Graduated Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program
- 2017: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board
- 2018: Appointed as Executive General Manager, Community Cricket at Cricket Australia
- 2018: Appointed to Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program Selection Committee
- 2018: Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
- 2020: Founded, The Leadership Playground
Perry Crosswhite AM – General Member Director
Perry Crosswhite AM has made a significant contribution to sport in Australia, both as an athlete and as a sports administrator where he’s 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. Throughout his 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, Crosswhite was brought to Australia to play basketball by SAHOF Member Lindsay Gaze OAM and began his career with the Melbourne Tigers and played with this team from 1969 to 1980, a period in which 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 at the Munich 1972, Montreal 1976, and Moscow 1980 Olympic Games and captained the Australian Team at the latter two. He played over 300 games for Australia between 1970-1980 and was a member of the Headquarters staff at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and from 1991-1993 and was part of the team which bid successfully for the 2000 Olympics.
Crosswhite 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. Crosswhite 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 and, 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 Crosswhite 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.
- 1998: Australian Sports Administrator of the Year
- 2000: Awarded the Australian Sports Medal
- 2003: Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- 2007: Made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
- 2015: Awarded Australian Commonwealth Games Association Life Membership
- 2016: Inducted into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame
- 2017: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Selection Committee
- 2018: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board
Dawn Fraser AC MBE – Athlete Member Director
Dawn Fraser AC MBE is arguably Australia’s most decorated and most controversial athlete of all time. Known for her politically incorrect behaviour and larrikin character as much as her athletic ability, she won eight Olympic medals, and six British Empire and Commonwealth Games gold medals.
She won the Olympic 100m freestyle title at the 1956 Melbourne Games and went on to win it again at the 1960 Rome Games and the 1964 Tokyo Games, becoming the first and only swimmer of either sex to win the same event at three successive Olympics. She was the first woman to break the minute for the 100m freestyle, held the world record for that distance for an incredible sixteen years, and possessed 23 individual world records and was part of 12 team world records.
In retirement, she owned a cheese shop in Balmain and a hotel for five years and became Patron of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia (her 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
- 1965: Made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- 1980: Awarded the Olympic Order by the IOC
- 1985: Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame – the inaugural female Inductee
- 1988: Bi-Centenary Ambassador
- 1988-1991: Elected to the NSW State Parliament, representing the City of Balmain
- 1993: Elevated to Legend of Australian Sport
- 1998: Made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) Awarded AO
- 1999: Voted Female Swimmer of the Century
- 1999: Voted Athlete of the Century by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- 1999: Voted the World’s Greatest Living Female Water Sports Champion
- 2000: Awarded the Australian Sports Medal
- 2000: Voted the First Lady of the Sydney Olympic Games by the IOC
- 2018: Made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
- 2019: Awarded Life Member of Swimming Australia
- 2019: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board
Steve Hooker OAM – Independent Director
Steve Hooker OAM was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2017 as an Athlete Member for his contribution to the sport of Athletics and was the first Pole Vaulter to be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
He remains one of only a handful of athletes to hold Olympic, World Championship, IAAF World Indoor Championship and IAAF Continental Cup titles simultaneously, after completing the winning set in 2010, and was also the first Australian man to hold both the Olympic and World titles concurrently.
Steve also served for five years on the board of the Australian Olympic Committee Board, including Chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes Commission . Steve recently finished up a 5-year period as Chief Executive Officer of Resimax Group and is now the director of his own Property Development Business iHi Projects.
- 2008: Appointed Captain of the Australian Athletics Team
- 2012: Appointed to the AOC Athletes Commission
- 2016: Appointed Chair of the AOC Athletes Commission
- 2016: Appointed to the Australian Olympic Foundation/ Australian Olympic Committee
- 2016: Appointed CEO of Dr Me
- 2017: Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- 2017: Appointed CEO of Resimix Group
- 2023: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Hon. Martin Pakula – Independent Director
Martin Pakula completed a Bachelor of Economics at Monash University in 1989 and an Honours Degree in Law in 1991. After leaving university Martin completed articles at Macpherson and Kelley and was admitted to practice in 1993.
From 1993 to 2006, Martin worked as as an official of the National Union of Workers where he served as Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Branch from 2000-2004 and as Victorian Branch Secretary and National Vice President from 2004-2006. Martin also served as a Director of LUCRF Super from 2004-2006.
In 2006 Martin was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council electorate of Western Metropolitan where he served till 2013 and in 2013 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat of Lyndhurst (later renamed Keysborough) which he represented till 2022.
Whilst in State Parliament Martin held a range of ministerial portfolios including Minister for Industry and Trade, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Public Transport, Attorney General, Minister for Racing, Minster for Tourism, Sport and Major Events and Minister for Jobs and Innovation
Martin is a Major Projects Advisor at the Australian Football League and a Non-Executive Director of Helloworld Travel Limited
- 1989: Graduated from Monash University – Bachelor of Economics
- 1991: Graduated from Monash University – Honours Degree in Law
- 2006: Elected to the Victorian Legislative Council
- 2013: Elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly
- 2023: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board
Andrew Plympton AM – Independent Director
Andrew Plympton AM 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, he has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of two global insurance broking firms.
In the ASX-listed companies’ sector, he 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, Online sales) and traditional areas including aerospace, manufacturing, and labour hire.
Plympton 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 he 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.
Plympton has been successful in the sport of sailing, winning one World Championship and numerous titles. He holds several sporting achievements and awards and Life Memberships from two sporting organisations.
- 1988: Won the International Etchells Class World Championship (Sailing)
- 1993: Elected President of the St Kilda Football Club
- 2004: Elected President of Yachting Australia
- 2008: Appointed as a Member of the Australian Olympic Committee and Australian Olympic Foundation
- 2011: Elected to the Australian Sports Commission (including the Australian Institute of Sport
- 2018: Made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
- 2020: Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board