Perry Crosswhite AM – General Member
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