Sport Australia and the AIS send their deepest condolences to the family of one of Australia’s great sports administrators Glenn Tasker, who passed away overnight.
Sport Australia Chair John Wylie paid tribute to Mr Tasker’s tremendous legacy to Australian sport, especially his contribution to Australia’s Paralympic community.
“Over three decades as a sports administrator Glenn worked across Australian sport in swimming, tennis and Paralympic sport. His drive to improve sporting opportunities for Australians with disabilities has left an incredible legacy.
“We are seeing now increasing opportunities and recognition for Australia’s Paralympic athletes and that is because people like Glenn Tasker have made it their mission to improve the inclusivity of Australian sport. He has led the way, and we know he has inspired others to carry on his work so this progress continues.
“Sport Australia acknowledged Glenn with a Service to Sport award in 2017 – that is only a very small recognition of the enormous contribution he made to our industry.
“We are tremendously saddened to hear of Glenn’s untimely passing and send our best wishes to his family.”
Glenn Tasker was acknowledged with Sport Australia’s Service to Sport award in 2017 for almost three decades of experience in sports administration.
Even at the start of his sports administration career, Glenn led inclusive programs for athletes with a disability. Glenn was Executive Director of Swimming NSW from 1990-98 and during that time was instrumental in introducing events for swimmers with disabilities into the NSW Age Swimming Championships – the first state championships in Australia to do so.
Glenn went on to become the Swimming Competition Manager at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games (1998-2000), before serving as Chief Executive Officer of Swimming Australia from 2001-2008.
During his time at Swimming Australia, he assisted with establishing the swimming Paralympic Preparation Program, working with both the APC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to achieve better outcomes for swimmers with a disability.
Glenn became CEO of Tennis NSW from 2008-13, before retiring from that position to dedicate more time to the Paralympic movement.
He served on the APC Board in 2008 and was President from 2013-18.
He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his sports administration career.