Ric Charlesworth

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Dr Ric Charlesworth
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Perth
In office
5 March 1983 – 8 February 1993
Preceded by Ross McLean
Succeeded by Stephen Smith
Personal details
Born (1952-02-06) 6 February 1952 (age 64)[1]
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Occupation Hockey player
Ric Charlesworth
Medal record
Men's Field Hockey
Competitor for  Australia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1976 Montréal Team Competition
World Hockey Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Buenos Aires Team Competition
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Bombay Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 1986 London Team Competition

Richard Ian (Ric) Charlesworth AM (born 6 February 1952) is a sports and performance consultant and a former First-class cricketer and field hockey player and coach. He is also a medical doctor and former federal politician.


Born in Subiaco, Western Australia,[2] Charlesworth attended Christ Church Grammar School [2] until he graduated in 1969. In 1976, he completed a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Western Australia.[3] In 2002, he received an honorary Doctorate of Science at the University of Western Australia and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in philosophy and history also at the University of Western Australia.[4]

His father Lester Charlesworth, a dentist, represented Western Australian cricket between 1949-1951.[2][3]


In 1969 he captained the Western Australian State under 19 cricket team before going on to play A grade Club cricket for West Perth (1969–1970, 1976–82) and University Cricket Club (1970–76). He played in 47 first-class matches for Western Australia from 1972 until 1979, making 2,327 runs at an average of 30.22. He was a member of Sheffield Shield winning teams in 1972–73, 1976–77, 1977–78, and was a squad member in the winning season of 1974–75.[5]



Charlesworth was coached by Ray House at Christ Church Grammar School, where he was promoted to the school's first XI at an early age. He was a member of the PSA Hockey Cup (now known as the Ray House Hockey Cup) winning teams of 1966–67.

He played in and captained the Western Australia hockey team and the Australia men's field hockey team the Kookaburras. He was selected to represent Australia in five Olympic hockey teams, 1972, 1976, 1980 (captain) (Moscow Olympics were boycotted), 1984 (captain), and 1988, winning Silver at the 1976, Montreal Olympic Games. He was a member of the national team which competed in various other international tournaments including winning the World Hockey Cup in London in 1986. He retired from playing after representing Australia at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He played 227 games for his country.

Charlesworth was inducted into the Australian Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008,[6] the second person to achieve this award.

In 1980, while playing for The University of Western Australia Hockey Club, Charlesworth also won the Olympian's Medal, an annual award presented to the player judged by umpires to be the fairest and best in men's first division competition in Western Australia. In addition, the female equivalent of this award, the Charlesworth Medal, is named in his honour.


From 1993 to 2000 he was head coach of the Australian Women's hockey team, the Hockeyroos. During this time they won the Champion's Trophy in 1993 (Amsterdam), 1995 (Mar del Plata), 1997 (Berlin) and 1999 (Brisbane), the World Hockey Cup in 1994 (Dublin) and 1998 (Netherlands) and were gold medallists in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and Sydney Olympics in 2000 and 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.[5]

Prior to his appointment as technical adviser to the men's and women's Indian hockey teams, he was the high-performance manager for the New Zealand cricket team.[7] He was selected to act as an advisor to the newly formed hockey selection committee formed by the Indian Olympic Association.[8]

Charlesworth has been a mentor coach to several national team coaches with the Australian Institute of Sport and a performance consultant with the Fremantle Football Club.[5]

In 2009, Charlesworth was appointed coach of the Australian men's national hockey team, the Kookaburras. The team went on to win the 2009 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy in Melbourne, Australia; the 2010 Hockey World Cup in New Delhi, India; the 2010 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy in Mönchengladbach, Germany; the 2010 Commonwealth Games Men's Hockey Gold Medal in Delhi, India and the 2011 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy in Auckland. After coaching the Kookaburras to success at the 2014 Hockey World Cup in Netherlands, he resigned. [9]


He was elected as the Federal Member for Perth in 1983, representing the Australian Labor Party, and was a Member of Parliament for 10 years until retiring in 1993.[10]

Charlesworth said one reason for retiring from Parliament was that he never became a minister.[11]


Charlesworth was a member of the Australian Sports Commission Board 1994–97 and Western Australian Institute of Sport Board 1984-1992, 2001-2005.[3]


He has written three books: The Coach – Managing for Success, Staying at the Top and Shakespeare the Coach.[5]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Family Notices.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 9 February 1952. p. 20. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ric Charlesworth". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Sygall, David (23 January 2011). "Why Ric's the man to coach cricketers". Sun Herald. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ric Charlesworth". Claxton Speakers International. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Richard Charlesworth AM – Hockey". Sport Australia Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.hockey.org.au/About-Us/Hall-of-Fame
  7. ^ "Hockey needs India, says Ric". The Telegraph, Calcutta. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2007. 
  8. ^ Indian Olympic Association acts tough, suspends IHF. The Hindu (2008-04-29)
  9. ^ "Ric Charlesworth makes early exit from Kookaburras hockey coaching role". ABC News. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Biography for CHARLESWORTH, Dr Richard Ian, AM". ParlInfo. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Middleton, Karen (11 March 1993). "MPs quit in frustration". The Age. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i West, Lawrence. "Charlesworth to stand down". Hockey Australia News. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  13. ^ It's an Honour: AM. Itsanhonour.gov.au (8 June 1987). Retrieved on 2012-05-02.
  14. ^ It's an Honour: Australian Sports Medal. Itsanhonour.gov.au. Retrieved on 2012-05-02.
  15. ^ "State Finalist Australian of the Year 2011 – Dr Richard Charlesworth AM". Australian of the Year website. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  16. ^ Polkinghorne, David (12 November 2014). "Charlesworth to help build road to Rio". Canberra Times. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ross McLean
Member for Perth
Succeeded by
Stephen Smith