Joan Kellett OAM

Joan Kellett dedicated more than forty years to the sport of swimming within the ACT and surrounding area, much of it as president of the local peak swimming body.

Her contribution spanned both administration and active officiating and Joan clocked up more hours officiating at swimming events than any other person in the ACT.

Joan joined the Dickson Swimming Club in 1967 and was involved in initiating a free Learn-to-Swim program. She was awarded Life Membership of the Dickson Swimming Club for her dedicated service.

In 1985 Joan became President of Capital Territory Amateur Swimming Association which was later renamed ACT Swimming and then Swimming ACT.

Joan was instrumental in the development of the Swimming Program for People with Disabilities still continuing after almost 20 years. She was a member on the 2008 Pacific School Games and headed the specific swimming working party for these Games.

Joan noticed how few women participated in sports administration. Consequently she was involved in the Women in Sport Committee for many years. She was a member of the Minister’s Advisory Committee for Sports and Recreation and it’s chair for three years.

One of her passions was that all children should be water safe and by the time they finish primary school should be water safe and able to swim 30 – 50 metres.

In addition to her swimming activities, Joan spent many years involved in the Girl Guides, she was an active member in the YMCA, a community representative on the ACT Schools Authority for four years, was on the Board of Turner School, and acted as a community advocate.

1973–1981: Office bearer ACT Swimming Council

1981–1985: Secretary of Capital Territory Amateur Swimming Association (CTASA)

1985–2004: President of Swimming ACT SWIMMING

Inducted: 2011

Deceased: 20 June 2017

Associate Member