Sailing contributors named in Australia Day Awards for 2018

ongratulations to Andrew ‘Plymmo’ Plympton and Professor Norman Saunders who were recipients in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List for among other things, their outstand services to sailing.

Andrew John Plympton Brighton Vic 3186 – Member (AM) in the General Division

For significant service to sports administration through governance roles, particularly to sailing and Australian rules football.

Service includes: Australian Sports Commission: Board Member, since 2011. Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, since 2011. Australian Olympic Committee: Executive Board Member, 2009-2017. Past Member, Finance Commission. Past Chairman, Audit and Risk Committee. Past Member, Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Director, Australian Olympic Foundation, 2009-2017. Australian Sailing (formerly Yachting Australia) Member, High Performance Advisory Board, current. President, 2004-2011. Director, 2003-2011. Recipient, President's Award, 2011. Life Member, 2016. Commodore, Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, 2014-2016. General Committee Member, Royal Brighton Yacht Club, 1993-1995, and 1999-2002. St Kilda Football Club: President, 1993-2000. Life Member, 2001. Past Chairman, Enterprize Ship Trust, 5 years. Past Director, Alannah and Madeline Foundation, 4 years. Principal, Windward Mark Consulting, current. Chairman, Harris Technology Limited. Director (Advisory), Aon Risk Solutions Limited.

Professor Norman Ruthven Saunders Parkville Vic 3052 – Member (AM) in the General Division

For significant service to medicine in the field of neuroscience through research into spinal cord injuries and mechanisms protecting the developing brain, and to sailing.

Service includes: University of Melbourne: Head, Developmental Neuroscience and Neurotrauma Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, School of Biomedical Sciences, current. Professorial Fellow, Neuroscience, since 2002. Team Leader, design and patent, sailing simulator 'Virtual Sailing' (enables real-time training and evaluation of performance in sailors, and operation by sailors with limited mobility, and for school children to gain experience in sailing without the need to go 'on-water'). Author of more than 180 publications in refereed journals, and Editor, 3 books. Head, Anatomy and Physiology, University of Tasmania, 1992-1999. National Health and Medical Research Council: Chief Investigator of 4 funded grants, since 1998. Member of a range of Grant Review Panels, 2012-2014. Life Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, 2005. Council Member, Australasian Neuroscience Society, 1993-1999. Council Member, Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society, 1993-1995. Awards and recognition includes: Recipient, Award for Excellence, Institution of Engineers (Tasmania). Recipient, Certificate of Achievement, AusIndustry. Recipient, Paralympic Medallion for 'services to Paralympic Science', Sydney 2000 Paralympic Committee, 2000.

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