John Coates, AC

John Coates, AC

Special Counsel

Mr Coates joined Kemp Strang in 2001, from Greaves Wannan and Williams, where he practised in commercial and property law. Following his retirement as a partner in 2009, he was appointed Special Counsel.

John Coates was elected Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September 2013, having been a Member of the IOC since 2001 and Member of the IOC Executive Board from 2009 to 2013. He is a member of the IOC Juridical, TV Rights and New Media and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games Coordination Commissions. He was a Member of the 2012 London Olympic Games Coordination Commission.

Mr Coates is President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport and Court of Arbitration for Sport (since 2011).

Mr Coates is President of the Australian Olympic Committee Inc. (since 1990) and was Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Teams in Beijing, Athens, Sydney, Atlanta, Barcelona and Seoul. He held other senior team positions in Los Angeles, Moscow and Montreal.

He was Senior Vice Presidentof the Sydney Organising Committee for the 2000 Olympic Games and Vice President of the Sydney Olympic Bid Committee.

He is a Council Member of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) (since 1992), a former President of the Australian Rowing Council and former Deputy Chairman of the Australian Institute of Sport and Sports Commission.

Mr Coates is Chairman of William Inglis & Son Ltd and a member of the Grant Samuel Advisory and Sydney Olympic Park Authority Boards. He served on the Board of David Jones Limited for 17 years, the last 8 as Deputy Chairman.

Mr Coates became a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 1989 for service to rowing and was appointed an Officer (AO) in 1995 for service to the advancement of sport and the Olympic Movement. He was awarded the Olympic Order in Gold at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics and the FISA Medal of Honour during those Games. He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2001 and Centenary Medal in 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the country's highest civilian honour as a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) "for service to the development of sport nationally and internationally through the Olympic movement promoting the well being of youth and values of tolerance, understanding, peace and mutual respect between peoples of the world".

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