The extraordinary achievements of Helen Brownlee OAM

General / Nov 7, 2013

At the Australian Canoeing awards dinner on Saturday evening, president Danielle Woodward awarded the President's Award to Helen Brownlee, OAM. For those who missed it on the evening, here is a timeline of Helen's extraordinary committment to canoeing, women in sport and all sports. 

Helen commenced canoeing in the 1960’s under the watchful eye of her father Os Brownlee who was one of the founding members of Australian Canoeing. Helen's paddling took her from river touring to sprint competition and finally to the slalom and wildwater disciplines.

1972   Official at Munich Olympics, Helen went on to officiate at the 88, 92, 96 and 2000 Olympic Games

1974   Delegate to NSW Olympic Council

1976   Vice Chair of AC

1976   First Women Appointed to the ICF Slalom & Wildwater Technical Committee

1979   Awarded Life Membership to NSW Canoeing

1985   Awarded an Order of Australia

1985   First Female President of AC (14 years)

1988   Executive member NSW Olympic Council

1988   ICF member for Oceania and ICF Board Member

1989   Vice President NSW Olympic Council

1990   President NSW Olympic Council

1991   First woman elected to the Board of the AOC

1999   Awarded Life Membership of AC (12th Life Member)

2000   Awarded International Fair Play Trophy of behalf of teachers and students of NSW for her unreserved support of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the spirit of solidarity, fair play & tolerance

2002   IOC Honours  – Women in Sport Trophy for Oceania by the IOC for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Women in Sport

2012   Awarded Life Membership of the AOC

2013   Vice-president of the AOC

Other achievements:

– Won Australia’s first International Slalom Medal

– Director Australian Olympic Foundation

– Member IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education

– Chair, FIC Women’s Commission

– President Commonwealth Canoe Federation

– Chair ONOC Women and Sport Commission

– Deputy Chair, Penrith Whitewater Stadium

– Member, NSW Hall of Champions Committee

– Member Australian Centre for Olympic Studies Advisory Committee