Tribute to Paralympic President

The Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, paid tribute to Greg Hartung OAM who is retiring after 16 years as the President of the Australian Paralympic Committee.

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12 December 2013

The Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, today paid tribute to Greg Hartung OAM who is retiring after 16 years as the President of the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC).

Mr Dutton said during that time Mr Hartung had guided the APC through a period of rapid growth to become one of the world’s leading Paralympic committees.

“Greg has made a significant contribution to the national and international Paralympic movement and has helped to increase support and respect for athletes with a disability,” Mr Dutton said.

“He has overseen the Australian team’s preparations for eight successful Paralympic Games.

“In fact, the Australian team has not finished outside the top five in the medal tally at the Summer Paralympic Games during Greg’s tenure, with Australian athletes earning 85 medals at the London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games.”

“Greg helped to introduce world-class national programs in classification and talent identification, and improved the pathways for athletes with higher levels of disability to transition from community sport to the national team.

“He has also made a significant contribution at an international level, becoming the first Australian to be elected Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board in 2009, a position he held until earlier this year.

“He also served as President of the South Pacific Paralympic Committee to assist Pacific nations to provide more opportunities to their Paralympic athletes.

Greg Hartung was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia earlier this year. He also received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, a Centenary Medal in 2001 and an Order of Australia Medal in 2002.

“Greg’s legacy is that Australians with a disability now have more opportunities than ever before to participate in the sports they love, while elite athletes with a disability have the programs and mentoring they need to help them excel on the national and international sporting stage,” Mr Dutton said.

“His contribution will be missed.

“I look forward to working with his successor, Glenn Tasker, who brings a wealth of sport administration knowledge and experience to the role and I’m sure that bodes well for the Paralympics Committee’s continued success.”

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