Graham Carter is considered somewhat a visionary when it comes to the promotion of hockey within the ACT, Australia and internationally.
He has over 30 years experience as a volunteer in sports administration, predominately for Hockey ACT but also with ACTSPORT and Community Sport Australia. In this time
Graham demonstrated an ability to achieve positive outcomes for these organisations and the sporting community.
Graham was a Director of Hockey ACT for 22 years and President of the Hockey Centre for 20 years. He was instrumental in the development of both the National and Tuggeranong Hockey Centres in the ACT as well as the Canberra Lakers.
Graham has also been successful in lobbying Hockey Australia and the ACT Government for several international matches in the ACT. Graham’s efforts resulted in the ACT hosting Four Nations Tournaments (1994, 1999 and 2004), the Champions Women’s Trophy Tournament (2005), a three Nations Tournament (2009) and ten other Test matches.
On his initiative, the Champions Trophy Tournament in 2005 was televised and broadcast by 8 networks to more than 500 million viewers in 93 countries.
A strong advocate for community sport, he was one of the founders of ACTSPORT as the peak industry body. He served as a Director for 15 years including a term as President. For the last two years he has also been a Director of Community Sport Australia, the national peak industry body which represents 59 sports with over 8 million participants.
In addition to his role as a sports administrator, Graham played over 500 games of club hockey and coached several teams. He led three club tours to Europe, Asia and America.
Graham is a Life Member of United Hockey Club and Hockey ACT. His other achievements include an Australian Sports Medal (2000), an OAM for contribution to sport (2011); and recognition by Hockey ACT who named its premier playing surface at Lyneham the “Carter Field”.
Born: 31 July 1952