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Johnhashad along association
with Royal Queensland Yacht
Squadron as a member since
1957 and holding a number of
positions including Commodore
from 1992-1994 and Yachtsman of
the Year in 1985. He was a member
of the Australian Olympic Team in
1968, 1976 and 1980 and the Team
Manager for Yachting at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.
John has also had a long connection with the community
and business with University of Queensland Press and Fergie’s
Print and Mail.
Lindsay May has been honoured with a Medal (OAM) in the
Order of Australia in the General Division for service to sailing
and to health and social welfare groups.
Lindsay is a skipper and navigator who has sailed in national
and international ocean races including 44 consecutive Sydney to
Hobart Yacht races, since 1973; represented NSW in the Southern
Cross Cup in 1979, 1985 and 1993; represented Australia at the
Admirals Cup 1983 and member of the Cruising Yacht Club of
Australia since 1984.
Lindsay has also contributed to many organisations including
Rotary, Salvation Army and the Prostate Cancer Foundation for
Ralph Stilgoe has been recognised with a Medal (OAM) in
the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to sailing
and to the community.
Ralph has been involved for many years with 16ft Skiff Sailing
including Georges River 16ft Sailing Club Honorary Race Secretary,
1969-1975; Rear Commodore, 1976-1977; Commodore, 1977-1979.
He was involved with the New South Wales 16ft Skiff Association
as Assistant Honorary Secretary, 1976-1979; Vice-Commodore,
1978-1979 and 1987-1988 ; Commodore, 1979-1984; Member, Rules
Revision Committee, 1979-1993 .
Ralph has been involved with Kogarah Bay Sailability since
2006 and was a Pioneer Volunteer for the Sydney Organising
Committee for the Olympic Games from 1997-1999 and at the
Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Office Bearers and members of our Clubs have also been
Noel Cornish has been recognised as a Member (AM) in the
General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service
to business as an advocate for industry policy and development
to tertiary education administration and to the community.
Noel has been a Director of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
since 2013 and current Chairman of the Sailing Committee, as well
as a member since 2002.
Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer CSC and Bar RAN, NSW has been
recognised as an Officer (AO) in the Military Division of the Order
of Australia for distinguished service to the Royal Australian Navy
principally in key command roles.
Rear Admiral Mayer has distinguished himself through
his selfless devotion to duty and outstanding achievement in
promoting operational professionalism within the Royal Australian
Navy. He also enjoys sailing and is involved with the Australian
National Maritime Museum and Australia Day Regatta.
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Rio 2016 Sailing Gold Medallist, Tom Burton has been
recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this
year’s Australia Day Honours List. Burton, who won Gold in the
Laser Class in Rio, sailed the race of his life to pull off a stunning
victory on the final day of racing. Since his Olympic victory, which
inspired a host of aspiring would-be young Olympians, Burton has
dedicated a great deal of time to visiting schools, sailing clubs and
community groups to share the stories of his success. Perhaps
one of his most humbling experiences was a day spent with young
cancer sufferers and their families at Camp Quality last October.
“ The experiences I’ve had since winning Gold have been quite
incredible,” said Burton. “ I love being able to share my story,
especially with kids, and it’s great to see how excited and inspired
they become. I ’m very honoured and proud to be recognised with
Also honoured with an OAM were our Paralympic Gold
Medallists in the Sonar class Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris
and Russell Boaden following their stunning Gold Medal winning
result in Rio, which saw them secure the Gold with a race to spare.
The inspirational sailors join SKUD 18 Gold Medallists, Daniel
Fitzgibbon OAM and Liesl Tesch AM who were recognised with
Australia Day Honours in 2014.
Campbell Rose has been recognised as a Member (AM)
in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant
services to sports administration, to infrastructure and transport
development and to the community of Victoria.
On-water, Campbell was a member of the Australian Yachting
Team at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and at the Goodwill Games
in 1986. He was a Board Member of the Australian Yachting
Federation from 1995-2005 and Victorian State Boating Council
from 1991-1999; Executive Director of the Victorian Yachting
Council from 1990-1994 and Member of the Marine Board of
Victoria from 1991-1999. Campbell has also been involved with
the Victorian Olympic Council, Western Bulldogs Football Club,
Goodwill Games, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games bid and
Melbourne Major Events Company, as well as many other business
and charitable organisations.
John Ferguson has been honoured with a Medal (OAM) in the
Order of Australia in the General Division for service to sailing,
and to the community.
Rio Gold Medallist Tom Burton
received a Medal of the Order
of Australia (OAM) in this year’s
Australia Day Honours List.
Sailors recognised in 2017
Australia Day Honours
Paralympic Gold Medallists Colin Harrison (left) and his crew-
mates Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden.
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