by Greg Blood
2020 has seen the passing of many notable Australian athletes, coaches and administrators. Below is a list of Australians that have made a significant contribution to Australian and international sport. For a more comprehensive list visit Wikipedia’s Deaths of 2020.
The deaths of Don Talbot and Peter Bowman greatly saddened me as they played significant roles in establishing the Australian Institute of Sport and reigniting Australian sport on the international sporting stage.
(SAHOF) indicates Sport Australia Hall of Fame member.
Boxing – Hector Thompson
Canoeing – Barry Stuart
Diving – Barbara Donnett (nee McAuley)
Horse Racing – Darby McCarthy
Ice Sports – Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya,
Motor Sport – John Harvey
Lacrosse – Brian Griffin (SAHOF)
Rowing – Stuart McKenzie (SAHOF)
Sailing – John Cuneo
Snow Sports – Alex Pullen
Weightlifting – Manny Santos
Water Polo – John O’Brien
Wrestling – John Kinsella
Sadly Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, Jacinta Barclay and Shane Tuck were reported to take their own life. Many Australian athletes have suffered mental health during 2020.
Lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 or beyondblue.org.au