Speed recognised for outstanding contribution to Victorian sport

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October 6, originally posted by Vic Sport

Sports administrator and alum Malcolm Speed (Law) was recognised for his outstanding contribution to Victorian sport at the Victorian Sport Awards, hosted virtually by VicSport.

The Victorian State Government Outstanding Contribution to Victorian Sport Award is presented to an individual or organisation in recognition of outstanding achievement in, or contribution to, sport in Victoria. Winners of the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award are nominated by the Vicsport Board and selected by a panel of industry representatives who are chosen based on their significant role in the Victorian sport and active recreation sector.

Malcolm 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 cycling, golf and Australian rules football.

Speed was executive Chairman of Basketball Australia and CEO of the NBL from 1980 to 1997, a period in which the sport emerged as a major force on the court while gaining a national audience and unheralded commercial support off it.

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. Speed held that position from 2001 to 2008, during a tumultuous phase of dramatic growth on the sub-continent, a rise in gambling on cricket and allegations of match fixing. In this environment, Speed’s legal training and his reputation for independence and integrity were undoubted assets.

Among his other many achievements are:

Chairman of Cycling Australia
Director of the Victorian Major Events Company
Director of Golf Australia
Director of Sports Environmental Alliance
Director of Richmond Football Club
Executive Director of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) which looks after AFL, Australian Rugby Union, Cricket Australia, FFA, National Rugby League, Netball Australia and Tennis Australia

Lifetime member of ANSZLA and awarded the ANSZLA’s Outstanding Service to Sport Award