AIMS mourns the loss of Phillip Walter Coles, at the age of 91.
Mr Coles represented Australia in canoe sprint at three editions of the Olympic Games – Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, where he captained the team, and Mexico City 1968.
He devoted his entire life to the Olympic Movement in Australia and beyond always putting the athletes at the front and center of all that he did.
His dedication to sport and promoting the Olympic values was recognised by a number of distinctions he received over the course of his life. In the 1983 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to sport, and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2000. He received the Olympic Order for his distinguished contribution to the Olympic Movement in 2012.
The AIMS family thanks Mr Phillip Walter Coles for his lifetime of dedication towards sports and the athletes. The AIMS president stated that their close relationship will be treasured and that he will always be remembered for being a true athlete at heart.
The AIMS family sends heartfelt condolences to the Coles family in these difficult times.