Sue Stanley OAM – Chair
Sue has a career that lasted from 1991 to 1994 and a comeback in 2000; she single-handedly took sport aerobics from the health clubs of Australia to the world stage when she was crowned World Sport Aerobics Champion on three consecutive occasions.
Sue began winning gold medals on the international sport aerobics stage early in 1993. Her successive wins at the International Aerobic Federation World Aerobic Championships in 1993 made her the only woman in the history of the sport ever to successfully to defend a World Title. Sue’s incredible sporting achievements soared to an unparalleled level with her win in the 1994 World Aerobic Championships in Las Vegas. Her dream of becoming the only aerobic athlete to win three World Championships became a reality.
So dominant was Sue Stanley in the sport aerobics that she was undefeated both at a national and international level for four years. Amassing an amazing 35 consecutive wins, including three World Championship titles, numerous international titles and eight Australian and national championships. Without a doubt, Sue Stanley is the queen of her sport.
However, Sue is not only an Aerobics star. She is a unique individual who has been able to represent her country at the highest level, in four different sports. As a child she began her sporting career at the Australian Institute of Sport in the Australian gymnastic team, the versatile Sue then turned her talents to water-skiing and was able to represent Australia again at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. In a brilliant comeback in November 2000 at the Olympia World Championship, Sue, after a five-year retirement from all international sport, stunned the sporting world by winning gold and becoming the 2000 Ms Fitness World Champion.
Sue has now turned her attention to encouraging Australians and citizens of the World of all ages to take care of themselves and enjoy life to the fullest. Sue is a believer in the ‘sport for all’ principle. Her immediate aim is to utilise her current status and profile to deliver motivating, basic health and fitness messages to a broad cross-section of the community; reaching people who may otherwise not be inclined to participate.
Sue is considered one of the leading Australian women in sport. A recipient of a Medal of the Order (OAM) of Australia for service to sport, a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, an Australia Day Ambassador, and is the recipient of the Advance Australia Award for her ongoing contribution to sport.
- 1998: Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- 2006: Appointed to Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Selection Committee
- 2006: Appointed Chair of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Selection Committee