Exercise and sports science pioneers honoured in Australia Day awards

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) congratulates all members of the exercise and sports science community who were recognised as part of the 2019 Australia Day Honours ceremony.

Dr Allen James Coles, Professor David Andrew Crawford and Senior Professor Julie Robyn Steele received Member of the Order of Australia (AM) awards for their outstanding achievements and service to science, education and research in the field of exercise and sports science. 

“With over 1,000 Australians across a wide range of industries honoured in this year's ceremony, ESSA commends the decision to recognise these three distinguished members of our community for their outstanding service,” says ESSA Chief Executive Officer, Anita Hobson-Powell.

“These pioneers of exercise and sports science have contributed to the past, present and future of our industry in a variety of ways. Their individual service, which stems as far back as the 1940s, has helped to improve the impact of physical activity in Australia.”

2019 Australia Day Honours recipients for exercise and sports science contributions:

  • Dr Allen James Coles (AM), for significant service to sports and exercise science, and to the community. Dr Coles has been servicing the industry for over 70 years, initially as the Secretary for the NSW Physical Fitness Council from 1949-1950.
  • Professor David Andrew Crawford (AM) (Head of School, Deakin University), for significant service to science, education and research in the field of public health nutrition. Professor Crawford has more than 35 years of experience in public health research. His research has focused on improving the population's health through promoting nutrition and physical activity in children and adults.
  • Senior Professor Julie Robyn Steele (AM) (Lecturer and Researcher, University of Wollongong), for significant service to science in the field of biomechanics, to higher education, and to professional associations. Senior Professor Steele is the founder and director of UOW’s Biomechanics Research Laboratory, and Breast Research Australia, which focuses on reducing breast discomfort so all women can participate in sport and physical activity.