Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2011 WA Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr Richard Charlesworth AM

Town: Nedlands
State: Western Australia

Sportsman and coach

A doctor of medicine, Ric Charlesworth has spent his life either excelling on the sports field or from the sidelines as a coach. For a decade he was regarded as the world’s best hockey player, playing in and captaining the Australian men’s field hockey team. He was selected to represent Australia in five Olympic hockey teams and was part of the team which won the World Hockey Cup in 1986 where he was player of the tournament and leading goal scorer. From 1983 till 1993 he was a member of the House of Representatives as the member for Perth.  In 1987, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. At the Seoul Olympics in 1988 his playing career ended after 227 matches for Australia. In 1993, he became head coach of the Australian women’s hockey team, leading them to win all major tournaments, including the World Hockey Cups in 1994 and 1998, and Olympic gold in 1996 and 2000. Ric was named Team Coach of the Year multiple times and has mentored a number of national coaches in various sporting disciplines. Since becoming coach of the Australian men’s hockey team, they have won all tournaments including the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games in 2010. His contribution to Australian hockey has been exceptional.