Awarded Life Membership 21 May 2021
Birth: 20 August 1954
For more than four decades, Dr. Grace Bryant’s contribution to sports medicine in Australia has been manifold. And much of this has been focussed on her service to the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Games sports, including service on the medical teams at six editions of the Commonwealth Games.
She first served as a Medical Officer on the Australian team at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games, followed in that role at Manchester 2002, before becoming the Deputy Medical Director at Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010, and then the Medical Director at Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 editions of the Games. Along the way, she was the Medical Director for the Pune 2008 and 2015 Apia Commonwealth Youth Games teams.
Commencing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, she served as a Medical Officer at five Olympic Games.
In 2004, she was a joint winner of an Australian Sports Commission award ‘For services to women’s sport’.
In 2007, Grace was appointed to the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee.
A year later, she received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) ‘For service to medicine as a Medical Officer to a range of sporting institutions and organisations and through administrative roles with professional associations.
In 2012, Grace became a member of the Netball Australia Hall of Fame and in 2017, she was inducted as a General Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
The year 2019 saw her appointed Chair of CGA’s, Medical & Sport Science Advisory Group, later re-named the Performance and Healthcare Advisory Group.
The COVID-19 pandemic saw Grace in 2020 appointed a member of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Sports and Advisory Committee.
Besides the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, Grace has made significant contribution to many other sports, including netball, water polo, hockey and number of football codes.