Hartung made Officer of the Order of Australia
18-Apr-2013 5:00 PM
Australian Paralympic Committee President Mr Greg Hartung has been made a prestigious Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) at an official investiture ceremony at Canberra’s Government House today.
Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce invested Mr Hartung with the award, which recognises his outstanding contribution to Australian sport over the past 32 years.
Mr Hartung, who has served as President of the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) since 1997, accepted the honour in front of his family and a number of dignitaries including the Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy.
With more than 15 years at the helm of the Australian Paralympic movement, Mr Hartung has overseen the APC’s transformation from a small and struggling organisation to its modern day position as a leader in disability sport.
Under his leadership, the APC has prepared successful Australian teams for eight Paralympic Games, established successful national programs in classification and talent identification, introduced a national Paralympic Education Program, and initiated programs to increase the representation of female athletes and athletes with higher levels of disability on the Australian Paralympic team.
Mr Hartung has also successfully lobbied for a more equitable level of federal sports funding for athletes with a disability and helped to deliver his vision of an organisation at the leading edge of Australian sport.
Vice President of the APC, Nick Dean said:
“Greg has been a visionary leader and one of the hardest workers I’ve known. When he joined the APC Board following the Atlanta Paralympics, the Paralympic movement and the APC were relatively unknown in Australia. Under his leadership we have seen the movement grow and the APC become a leading, national sporting organisation.
“Greg has a passion for Paralympic sport and an obvious delight in the wonderful performances of our athletes and I congratulate him on this outstanding honour and achievement.”
His appointment as Officer of the Order of Australia comes after his Order of Australia Medal (2002), Centenary Medal (2001) and Australian Sports Medal (2000).
His intricate knowledge of the Australian sport system stems from his involvement with the Australian Sports Commission where he served as Chair (2008-2010), Commissioner (1991-1996, 2005-2010) and inaugural General Manager (1984-88). He also held senior roles as President of the Confederation of Australian Sport, Chair of the Australian Sports Foundation, Deputy Chair of the Australian Coaching Council and Vice President of the Sydney Paralympic Games Organising Committee.
His knowledge, ability and experience has been extremely sought after internationally.
After becoming a Governing Board Member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2001, Mr Hartung was elected to his current role of IPC Vice President in 2009.
He has also held positions on several International Olympic Committee (IOC) Commissions including the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Games in Rio (2010-2012), the IOC Evaluation Commission for 2016 (2008-2009), the IOC Press Commission (2011-2012) and the IOC Radio and Television Commission (2005-2012).
APC Chief Executive Jason Hellwig said:
“Greg’s contribution to Australian sport is unparalleled, and the success and growth of Paralympic sport in Australia that we enjoy today, is a product of his vision and tireless work over the years.
“I extend my sincere congratulations to Greg on receiving this great honour and for his achievements as an administrator in shaping Australian sporting landscape.”