Peter Duras AM


Awarded Life Membership 19 May 2023


Duras is a retired sports physiotherapist with experience in a variety of elite sports, including eight years with the Western Bulldogs and Essendon Football Clubs. He has travelled extensively overseas with Australian teams, including four World Athletics Championships and seven Commonwealth Games.

Duras has been an active Rotarian for 47 years and was presented with his Royce Abbey Award by the Melbourne Central Rotary Club. He is also lifetime member and past president of the Rotary club of Essendon and now Honorary member.

He is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians, and a keen collector of sports memorabilia and autographs, Duras passion for sporting History was born out of attending the 1956 Melbourne Olympic games at 16-years-old.

With an apartment littered with Olympic and other sporting memorabilia, Peter said his passion for Olympic history was born out of attending the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games with his father as a 16-year-old.

He has been a volunteer guide at the National Sports Museum for 10 years, was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Physiotherapists Association and is a life member of Athletics Australia.

In 2024, Duras received a Medal of the Order of Australia for significant service to sports physiotherapy, and to the community.


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