George Dunstan

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George Colliver Dunstan, AM (born 12 May 1938) is an Australian sports administrator who has played a leading role in the development of Paralympic sport in Australia particularly in terms of sport administration.


Dunstan was born in Sydney on 12 May 1938.[1] He trained as a physical educator. In 1975, he was appointed Head Physical Educator at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, Royal Adelaide Hospital.[2] During his career, he has encouraged many disabled people, particularly those with spinal injuries, to become involved in sport.[2]

Paralympic Games[edit]

Dunstan was Australian Team Manager at the 1980 Arnhem Games and 1984 Stoke Mandeville Games.[2] At the 1988 Seoul Games, he was the Australian Team Manager of the Wheelchair Sports Section.[2] He was the Chef de Mission for the Australian Team at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Games.[3] He was a Board Member of the Organising Committee for the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.[3]

FESPIC Games[edit]

Dunstan was Australian Team Manager at the 1977 and 1986 FESPIC Games.[2] From 1989 to 2002, he was the International Paralympic Committee South Pacific Representative on FESPIC.[4] He was Vice-President of the Sports Committee of FESPIC from 1984 to 2000.[4] He was the FESPIC 2006 Kuala Lumpur Games Liaison Committee Chairman from 2002 to 2006, and was awarded the FESPIC Order in the latter year.[4]

Australian and International Disability Sports Organisations[edit]

Dunstan has been involved in an administrative capacity with several Australian disability sport organisations. He was Technical Advisor at the 1st Australian Wheelchair Games held in Melbourne in 1985.[2] He was an Australian Paralympic Committee board member from 1992 to 1996.[2][5] He has been a board member of the Australian Wheelchair Sports Federation and Wheelchair Sports Association of South Australia.[2]


Dunstan has received the following honours in recognition of his work for disability sport and sports administration:

  • 1990 – Sir Ludwig Guttman Award which recognises individuals who make significant contribution to Wheelchair Sport in Australia.[2]
  • 1997 – Member of the Order of Australia (AM)[6]
  • 2000 – Para Quad Association South Australia President's Award[7]
  • 2000 – Australian Sports Medal[8]
  • 2001 - Paralympic Order[4]
  • 2006 - FESPIC Order[4]


  1. ^ Xth Paralympic Games, Atlanta USA, August 15–25, 1996 : Team. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Federation. 1996. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Dunstan gains international post". News on Wheels. December 1990. 
  3. ^ a b "George Colliver Dunstan". Order of Australia Association South Australian Branch Website. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Chiang, Silas (2010). FESPIC Movement : sports for people with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (PDF). Hong Kong: Commercial Press. ISBN 978 962 07 6449 3. 
  5. ^ "Annual Reports 1994-1996". Australian Paralympic Committee Website. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "DUNSTAN, George Colliver, AM". It's An Honour Website. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Presidents Awards". PARAQUAD SA Website. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "DUNSTAN, George: Australian Sports Medal". It's An Honour Website. Retrieved 18 November 2012.