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With the awarding of an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) to Simon Baker in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List, I decided it was time to acknowledge the members of our Australian racewalking community who have received this or similar honours, in specific recognition of their work within our sport. After a bit of research, my list reads as shown below.

I have used the Australian Honours search facility (https://honours.pmc.gov.au/honours/search) to aid in this process.

Please let me know of any omissions.


Date
Name
State
Honour
Citation
14-Jun-1975
Mabel Robinson
VIC
MBE
Sport
31-Dec-1981
Frank McGuire
VIC
BEM
Athletics
26-Jan-1992
Kerry Saxby
ACT
OAM
For Service to Athletics
26-Jan-1992
Denis Wilson
ACT
AM
For Service to Athletics
26-Jan-1998
Marion Patterson
VIC
OAM
For Service to Athletics in particular Race Walking, Through the Victorian Women's Amateur Athletic Association and Athletics Australia
14-Jun-1999
Ron Crawford
NSW
OAM
For Services to Athletics as a Competitor and Administrator
11-Jun-2012
Wayne Fletcher
TAS
OAM
For service to the sport of athletics
26-Jan-2014
Tim Erickson
VIC
OAM
For services to race walking
13-Jun-2016
Jared Tallent
SA
OAM
For service to sport as a gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympic Games
26-Jan-2018
Simon Baker
VIC
OAM
For service to athletics, particularly to racewalking

Of course, members of our Australian racewalking community have been similarly honoured over the years with awards recognising their work in other areas. It would be an impossible task to gather those names here, but here are a couple of VRWC membrs that spring to mind

Date
Name
State
Honour
Citation
26-Jan-2016
John Gavan Breen
NT
OAM
For distinguished service to the Indigenous community through the preservation of languages, to the development of orthographies, and to education
26-Jan-2019
Stuart Kollmorgen
VIC
OAM
For service to the community

This also seems a good place to recognise those Australians who have held high positions internationally within the racewalking community.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the IAAF in 2012, Irish judge/administrator/historian Pierce O'Callaghan published a document detailing past and current (at that time) members of the IAAF and EAA Race Walk Committees and listing past Olympic, World Championships and Race Walking World Cup judges. Luckily the document can still be sourced from the Swiss Racewalking website at http://www.swisswalking.org/data/federation/reglements/PDF/IAAF_RWC2013_Olympic_World_Champs_Judges.pdf.  I have extracted out the Australians listed therein, up to and including 2012, and then added those that I know, post 2012.


IAAF Race Walking Committee 1968-1972, 1976-1981  
Vic Sharp (SA)
1984-1987 Ray Smith (VIC)
1995-2003 Bob Cruise (SA)
? - 2019 Jane Saville (NSW)
Olympic Judges (1924-2012)
1956   
J. J. Cummings, M. Moroney, J. A. Larkin (VICs) 
1960 
Frank McGuire (VIC)
1964, 1968, 1972, 1976 Vic Sharp (SA)
1980, 1988 Ray Smith (VIC)
2000, 2004 Bob Cruise (SA)
2008 Wayne Fletcher (TAS)
IAAF World Championship Judges
1983
Vic Sharp (SA)
1987
Ray Smith (VIC)
1991, 1999, 2005 Jill Huxley (NSW)
1997 
Marion Patterson (VIC)
2007, 2009 Wayne Fletcher (TAS)
2015 ZoŽ Eastwood-Bryson (SA)
IAAF World Cup Judges (1987-2012) 
1987, 1991   
Ray Smith (VIC)
1997, 2004, 2010 Jill Huxley (NSW)
1999, 2006 Bob Cruise (SA)
2002, 2012 Wayne Fletcher (TAS)
2016 Kirsten Crocker (NSW)
2018 ZoŽ Eastwood-Bryson (SA)

Last updated: Tim Erickson, 31 January 2019