Mr Phillip Walter COLES, AM

Entry in the IOC 1982
Born 20 July 1931
Games Participated 1960, 1964, 1968
Athlete profile
Phillip Walter COLES
Mr Philip Walter COLES, AM

Mr Phillip Walter COLES, AM


Sports practised

Canoe, surfing, golf, skiing

Sports career

Olympic Games: Australian canoeing team member in Rome (1960), canoeing team captain in Tokyo (1964), canoeing team member in Mexico City (1968); winner of 25 National Canoe Racing Championships; 5 times National Surf Lifesaving champion; Captain of the first Australian Surf Lifeguard team to compete in California (United States of America) (1965)

Sports administration

Member of the Executive Board of the Australian Olympic Committee (1973-2012), Secretary General (1985-1993) then Director of International Relations (1993-1999); Foundation member and member of the Executive Board of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) (1981-2012); Member of the Australian Sports Commission (1984-1987; 1989-1991), of the New South Wales (NSW) Government International Sports Facilities Committee (1989), of the NSW Government State Sports Centre Trust (Homebush) (1983-); Vice President of the Australian Luge Association (1991-1994); Vice President and Director of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 (SOCOG) (1993-1999); Patron of the Australian Triathlon Union (1993-); Secretary General of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) (1994-1999); Chairman of the Torch Relay Committee SOCOG (1994-1999); Inaugural Chairman of the New South Wales Institute of Sport (1995-2015); Board Member of the Australian Sports Drug Agency (1996-1998); President of the Oceania Taekwondo Union (2005-2015); Honorary Vice-President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) (2011-)

Awards and distinctions

Awarded Knight in Order of Lifesaving (1996); Honorary Life Member of the International Triathlon Union (2000); Australian Sporting Hall of Fame (2000); Fair Play Award of the International Committee for Fair Play; Member of the Order of Australia (AM); Life Member of the Australian Olympic Committee, of the Australian Canoe Federation, and of the New South Wales Olympic Council; 50 Year Service medallion for Surf Lifesaving; Olympic Order, silver (2012)

IOC History

Member of the IOC from 1982 to 2012; Honorary Member since 2012; Member of the following Commissions: Radio and Television (1983-1987, 1993-1999, 2001-2012), Joint Mass Media (1983-1984), Olympic Solidarity (1987-1995), Study and Evaluation for the Preparation of the Winter Olympic Games (1987-1988), Sport for All (1989-1995, 2007-2012), New Sources of Financing (1995-1997) then Marketing (1998-1999), Working Group on the Olympic Programme and Olympic Programme Commission (2002-2012)