24 May 2021 | Industry news |

Speed lands top Victorian honour

by Golf Australia

Malcolm Speed is a wealth of sporting knowledge.
Malcolm Speed is a wealth of sporting knowledge.

Veteran sports administrator Malcolm Speed AO is to receive Victorian sport’s highest honour.

Speed, 72, who continues to be involved with golf among myriad endeavours, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Victorian Sport Award at the upcoming Victorian Sport Awards.

The honour is presented to an individual or organisation in recognition of outstanding achievement in, or contribution to, sport in Victoria.

Speed has had a long and distinguished career as lawyer, sports administrator and company director and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2012 for his tireless work in shaping cricket and basketball as well as his invaluable involvement in various sports including golf.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence said Speed had made an “invaluable contribution” to sport.

“Malcolm has played a key leadership role in shaping the nation’s sporting landscape across a period of more than 40 years … and I would like to congratulate him on his outstanding career and receiving this award,” Spence said.

Vicsport chief executive Lisa Hasker concurred.

“Malcolm has been an outstanding leader in sport for many years and has provided leadership and mentoring to a number of current leaders in the sporting industry,” she said.

“This award is so well deserved and we are very pleased to be formally recognising his achievements.”

Speed was executive chairman of Basketball Australia and CEO of the NBL from 1980 to 1997. He was then recruited to the CEO role of the Australian Cricket Board from 1997 to 2001 before transitioning into the role of CEO for the International Cricket Council, a position he held from 2001-08.

A former board member of Golf Australia, Speed has also been chairman of Cycling Australia, director of Richmond Football Club and director of the Victorian Major Events Company, among many other roles.

Speed is currently a director of the Australian Golf Foundation and lectures at Melbourne University and Deakin University in sports law and administration, respectively.

Speed will be presented with his honour at the 2020 Victorian Sport Awards on Thursday, 3 June.

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