John Coates AC was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Wednesday December 8 1993 for his contribution to sport administration in particular the Olympic Movement.
John Coates has had a significant impact on Australian sport through his outstanding achievements in the development of the Olympic Movement in Australia, particularly through the planning and execution of the successful Sydney 2000 Olympic bid.
He has been a part of a number of Olympic bids including the Brisbane 1992 Olympic Games Bid, Melbourne Olympic Games Bid Strategy Committee, and the 1991-1993 Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Limited.
Coates was senior Vice President of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Vice President of the Sydney Olympic Bid Committee. He played a key role in bringing the 2000 Olympics to Australia and in its delivery.
Coates was awarded the Olympic Order in Gold at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics and the International Rowing Federation (FISA) Medal of Honour during those Games.
In 1982 Coates became a member of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) before being appointed Vice President in 1985. He has been President of the AOC since 1990 and was the Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team at Beijing (2008), Athens (2004), Sydney (2000), Atlanta (1996), Barcelona (1992) and Seoul (1988), and other senior team positions in Los Angeles (1984), Moscow (1980) and Montreal (1976).
Coates was Australia’s fourth member of the International Olympic Committee when appointed 2001 to serving on the Juridical Commission and the TV Rights and New Media Commission. Coates served on the International Olympic Committee holding various positions including on the Executive Board from 2009 to 2012, Vice President from 2013 to 2017 and again in 2020. He has been a member of the Coordination Commission of the London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo as Chair.
Coates has been a member of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Vice President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport and a Council Member of FISA. He is a former President of the Australian Rowing Council and former deputy Chairman of the Australian Institute of Sport and Australian Sports Commission.
Honours and Awards
1989 – Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to the sport of rowing
1993 – Made a Life Member of Rowing Australia
1995 – Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to the advancement of sport and the Olympic movement
2000 – Awarded the Olympic Order in Gold
2000 – Presented the FISA Medal of Honour
2006 – Appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the development of sport nationally and internationally through the Olympic movement promoting the well being of youth and values of tolerance, understanding, peace and mutual respect between peoples of the world.