Date Inducted: 11 Oct 2007
Sport: Sports Administration & Sports Science
Hall Of Fame

John Bloomfield AO Cit WA - Sports Administration & Sports Science

Hundreds of successful Australian sports men and women owe a debt to John Bloomfield and his passion for a more scientific approach to training, technique and injury prevention.

It was a passion ignited in the 1960s when he visited North America and saw the great gulf between the level of science applied to sports development and sports medicine there compared with his native Australia. His strong opinions on the issue and continued research finally resulted in his being invited by the Federal Government in 1973 to conduct a study into the development of sport and recreation in Australia - a paper which effectively became the blueprint for Australia's sporting development.

John Bloomfield was foundation professor at Australia's first university-based Department of Human Movement (UWA, 1974) and President of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation, now Sports Medicine Australia, (1971). He was one of the driving forces behind the foundation of the Australian Institute of Sport in 1980 and was its founding Deputy Chair and later Chair as well as co-chair of the Australian Sports Commission 1987-89.

He has authored or co-authored 101 national or international scientific papers and book chapters, is author of two books and principal co-author of three. He has lectured or acted as a consultant in 23 overseas countries.

He had a particular influence on sports development in his home state of WA where in successive reports he recommended the establishment of a State Department of Sport and Recreation, a State Sports Centre and the Western Australian Institute of Sport.

He is now Emeritus Professor at UWA, but his influence continues through the many former students and proteges who now hold significant positions in sports medicine and coaching.

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