Bastic and Duarte among the Commonwealth Games family to receive Australian Honours

Belinda Duarte is appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

The extended Commonwealth Games family were among those recognised as part of Australian honours yesterday, with Anthony Bastic and Belinda Duarte among those acknowledged for service to the country.

Bastic was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to the special event industry. He served as the Head of Events and International Visits at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Duarte joins Bastic for her significant service to Australia’s indigenous community and sports administration, including her recent appointment to the Board of Directors for the Victoria 2026 Organising Committee.

Bastic and Duarte were joined on the honour roll by Greg Bowman, Peter Bowman, Samuel Parker, Preston Campbell and Karen MacLeod, each of whom were awarded Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Greg Bowman and his work with Great Big Events have been instrumental to the success of multi-sport championships held in Australia, including the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and Gold Coast 2018.

The late Peter Bowman served as a senior leader at the Australian Institute of Sport and Athletics Australia across the 1980’s and 1990’s, while Parker coached wrestling at five Commonwealth Games, as well as the Olympics and world championships.

Honoured for his contribution to rugby league, Campbell worked closely with organisers of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the development of their Reconciliation Action Plan, with MacLeod honoured for her service to swimming, including serving as FINA Support Manager at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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