John Bertrand AO – Athlete Member
John Bertrand is a businessman, international sportsman, and philanthropist.
In his business career, he successfully built companies in the marine industry, property development and digital media industries in Silicon Valley.
He was co-founder and Chairman of Quokka Sports, a pioneering digital sports broadcast company based in San Francisco.
Over his 25-year international sporting career, he was involved in five America’s Cup campaigns, both sailing, management, skipper of Australia II and Chairman of oneAustralia plus competed in two Olympic Games.
He skippered the winged keel Australia II to victory over the US Defender Liberty to win the 1983 America’s Cup, ending 132 years of American domination and in the process, breaking the longest-running record in the history of modern sport.
When Australia II finally 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!”
The Confederation of Australian Sport voted the Australia II victory as the ‘greatest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport’.
America’s Cup winner, Olympic bronze medalist and multiple world Etchell class sailing champion, John is a Legend of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
John is currently Chair of the Sport Australia Hall Fame and former president of Swimming Australia, chair of the Alannah and Madeline Children’s Foundation.
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.
- Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame – 1985
- Appointed to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – April 2004
- Appointed Chair of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Board – May 2005
- Elevated to Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend status – October 2013