Title Sports Council members appointed
Database Press Releases
Date 23-08-1974
Source Minister for Tourism and Recreation
Author STEWART, Francis
Citation Id HPR10020301
Speech No
System Id media/pressrel/HPR10020301

Sports Council members appointed

Canberra, August 23, 1974.


The Minister for Tourism and Recreation, Mr Frank Stewart, today announced the appointment of the first Australian Sports Council.

The Council will hold its inaugural meeting at the Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, on Thursday, 29 August.

All appointments are initially for a one-year term.

The fourteen members of the Council are:

Mr David McKenzie (N.S.W.), President of the Australian Fencing Federation, executive member of the Australian Olympic Federation (Chairman). .

Mr Jim Barry (Victoria), President of the Australian Amateur Gymnastic Union.

Professor John Bloomfield (Western Australia), Professor Of Physical Education, University of Western Australia, former surf champion.

Mr Herb Elliott (Victoria), Olympic athletic champion.

Mrs Wendy Ey, nee Hayes (South Australia),lecturer in Physical Education, Commonwealth Games athlete.

Mr Geoff Frier (Tasmania), State Supervisor of Physical Education, former state representative in swimming, lifesaving and basketball and senior league footballer.

Miss Eunice Gill (Victoria), Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Education, University of Melbourne, past President, coach, manager State and national levels for netball.

Mr Syd Grange (N.S.W.), Vice Chairman of the Australian Olympic Council, Secretary/Treasurer of the Australian' - Amateur Swimming Union.

Mr Norman May (N.S.W.), ABC sporting commentator, former .-•■surf champion.

Mr Howard Mutton (South Australia), Inspector of J Physical Education, former South Australian cricket representative, State coach of S.A. amatepr football league.

The Hon. Lindsay North, M.L.C. (N.S.W.) Councillor of the N.S.W. Lawn Tennis Association.

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Mr Julius Patching (Victoria), former General Manager of two Olympic teams and now Secretary of the Australian Olympic Federation.

Mrs Ruby Robinson (Queensland), President of the Australian Women's Hockey Association, former State representative in basketball and baseball.

Mr Michael Wenden (N.S.W.), Olympic swimming champion.

(For details, see attached biographies).

All positions on the Australian Sports Council are honorary but the appointees will be paid expenses.

Mr Stewart said the establishment of the Sports Council was a major step forward in providing assistance to

Australian sportsmen and women.

It had been formed to give expert advice on the development of sport and physical recreation in Australia, to

encourage mass participation and develop excellence.

Mr Stewart said the members appointed would not represent the Australian Government, their respective States or even an institute or sporting organisation with which they may be most closely connected.

"I want them to put aside all sectional interests and serve Australian sport in the widest possible sense", he said.

Mr Stewart said the Australian Government had no wish to interfere in the internal workings of the various sporting associations.

"Instead, through the Sports Council, we hope to supplement and strengthen the work of these Associations".

Mr Stewart said the Council would be encouraged to develop its own character to best serve the needs of Australian


The first meeting of the Council on 29 August is expected to set the guidelines for the Council's future operations, determine its functions and establish its terms of reference.

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ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRESS: The meeting will be held at the Matilda Room, Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, at 9 a.m. Thursday, 29 August.

Photographs and T.V. film may be shot between 9 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.

The Chairman will hold a press briefing in the Matilda Room at 2 p.m. after the inaugural meeting.

For further information, Mr Andrew Dettre, Sydney: 02-2212388 or 4064551.



Mr. Jim Barry

Managing Director Avon Stationery Group Pty. Ltd., Melbourne. President Australian Amateur Gymnastic Union; delegate to Australian Olympic Federation; ,Councillor National Fitness Council, Victoria; Lieutenant Colonel (RAA) Active,

Citizen Military Forces. Previous champion in gymnastics. Other interests snow skiing, swimming and water skiing.

Prof. John Bloomfield

Professor and Head of Department of Physical Education, University of Western Australia; Deputy Chairman, Community Recreation Council of W.A.; former President of Australian Sports Medicine Federation; involved with scientific sports coaching; N.S.W. Surf Belt Champion 1950-1954; Australian Surf representative


Mr. Herb J. Elliott. M . B . E . - .

Manager Pioneer Concrete; associated with National. Heart Foundation in rehabilitating coronary patients^and in "get fit" campaigns; 2 gold medals 1958 Commonwealth Games and 1 gold medal 1960 Olympic Games; sub-four-minute miler 17 times; undefeated over 1 mile and 1500 metres; active golfer and orienteerer.

Mrs. Wendy M. Ey (nee Hayes)

Lecturer in P.E., Adelaide College of Advanced Education; President S.A. Women’s Amateur Athletic Association; undertaken research on "women and sport"; silver medal 1958 Commonwealth Games; accomplished sportswoman in a variety of fields; selector Australian Women's Athletic Union; delegate to S.A. Olympic Council; member S.A. Sports Advisory Service.

Mr. Geoff Frier

State Supervisor of Physical Education, Tasmanian Education Department; member National Fitness Council of Tasmania; sportsman, coach and administrator in many sports, including swimming, basketball and Australian Rules; Senior league footballer 15 years; State

representative in swimming, life-saving and basketball.

Miss Eunice P. Gill

Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Education, University of Melbourne; former State and National representative in Netball; past President, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation; recent studies undertaken

include psychological study of skilled behaviour and aesthetic evaluation of movement; past President Australian Netball Association; President, Victorian Amateur Women's Sports Council; delegate to Victorian Olympic Council.

Mr Svd B. Grange. O.B.E, M.V.O.

Ceremonial officer for the Government of N.S.W.; Vice Chairman Australian Olympic Federation; General Manager 1960 Australian Olympic team; Chairman National Fitness Council of N.S.W.; Sec/Treasurer Amateur Swimming Union of Australia;

Chairman International Commission for 1972 Olympic Games and 1973 World Championships.

Mr Norman May

Sporting Commentator, Australian Broadcasting Commission. Several times N.S.W. representative at Surf Life. Saving; district Rugby in Sydney; attended all Commonwealth and Olympic Games as commentator since 1962; also World Championships Swimming Belgrade 1973; compere "Sportsman of the Year" Award.


Mr David H. MacKenzie

Solicitor, senior partner legal firm, Australian fencing representative at 3 Olympic Games, silver medallist 1962 Commonwealth Games; President Australian Fencing Federa­ tion; Chairman of the Oceania Fencing Federation; acting Chairman of the British Commonwealth Fencing Association; Vice Chairman of N.S.W. Olympic Council; executive member for N.S.W. on the Australian Olympic Federation.

Mr Howard C. J. Mutton

Inspector of Physical Education, South Australia; member S.A. National Fitness Council; member of Board of Outward Bound; Chairman S.A. Amateur Football League; Chairman S.A. Secondary Schools Sports.Association; member S.A. Cricket Association's Management Committee; Sheffield Shield cricket 1959-60 - 4 years as State coach S.A. Amateur Football League; member and former Secretary Australian Council for Health,

Physical Education and Recreation.

Hon. Lindsay A, North, M.L.C.

Member for N.S.W. Legislative Council since 1964; State Secretary and General President of Australian Textile Workers Union; active tennis player for 50 years and No. 5 Pennant Bowls player ; Councillor and member of tournament

committee N.S.W. L.T.A.; Director of White City Club Ltd.

Mr Julius H. Patching. O.B.E.

Recreation supervisor, City of Melbourne; General Manager 2 Olympic teams; Secretary Australian Olympic Federa­ tion; Chief Starter Melbourne Olympics and Perth Commonwealth Games; Area Manager Third South Pacific Games, 1969; Executive Member Victorian National Fitness Council; Member of Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (Vic); member Sports Advisory Committee

of the Combined Defence Forces; member of Australian Sports Medicine Federation; Executive Member Victorian Olympic Council.

Mrs Ruby Robinson, M.B.E.

Sports writer, Brisbane; President Australian Women's Hockey Association; member of the Queensland Olympic Council; Queensland National Fitness Council; Manager women's team at Mexico Olympics; former President Brisbane Softball Association;

life member Queensland Swimming Association; Executive Member Queensland Netball Association; Vice President Queensland Cricko and Vigoro Associations; former President Queensland Gymnastic Association. :

Mr Michael Wenden, M.B.E.

Commonwealth Bank employee, Captain of 4 Australian swimming teams, represented at 2 Olympic and 3. Commonwealth · Games; many swimming medals and records; member N.S.W. Amateur Swimming Association's Board of Management. Also member of

the'Education and Coaching Committee and the Competitive Committee of the N.S.W. Amateur Swimming Association.