The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is mourning the passing of our esteemed Member Dr Brian Corrigan AM. Brian, aged 87, passed away in Sydney on Friday 9 December, surrounded by his wife Monica, five children and 14 grandchildren.
Dr Brian Corrigan was Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1999 as a General Member for his contribution to sports science and was widely regarded as the doyen of Australian sports doctors.
Corrigan was Australia’s Olympic doctor with every team, bar one, from 1968 to 1988 and contributed to cricket, rugby league and soccer.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Chairman John Bertrand AO said “Brian will be remembered his dedication, persistence and contribution to sport across many disciplines”.
Family and friends are warmly invited to attend Brian’s Funeral Service to be held at St Joseph’s College Chapel, Mark Street, Hunters Hill on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 2pm.
The Board, Members & staff of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame extend our deepest sympathies to Brian’s family and friends.
Dr Brian Corrigan AM
26.01.1929 – 09.12.2016
Brian Corrigan was a leader in two sporting fields, one in sports medicine itself and the other in dealing with drugs in sport. Except for 1976, Corrigan was involved with the Australian Olympic team as Medical Officer for every Olympiad from 1968 to 1988. In 1976 he was the Medical Officer for the Papua New Guinea Olympic team.
Corrigan was one of the medical officers to be nominated by the Australian Sports Medicine Federation as one of the first officials appointed to the 1968 Olympic team. Apart from devising a program of acclimatisation to the altitude with very light training work for the first week, they made early arrangements for the team to take its own water supplies and they designed and later enforced a pattern of strict dietary control. Corrigan was at Ron Clarke’s side after the 10,000m race, somehow bypassing security to be at with Clarke as he collapsed over the finish line.
He was Australian soccer’s doctor for 30 years and was honoured with induction into the Soccer Hall of Fame. He was the Medical Officer for Richie Benaud’s touring team in England 1961, and was the Medical Officer for World Series Cricket from 1977 to 1979. He was also Medical Officer to the Manly rugby league team from 1963 to 1968.
Corrigan was Chairman of the Drugs in Sport Committee (Australian Sports Commission) from 1985 to 1989 and Chairman of the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) from 1989 to 1991.
Corrigan was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to sports.