Vale – Ron Walker AC CBE
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (GOLDOC) has today recognised the passing of Ronald Joseph "Ron" Walker AC CBE.
Ron Walker was Chairman of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and played a significant role in supporting the growth of the major sports events industry in Australia.
GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie said Ron had a hand in the success of many major Australian sporting events over the past 30 years.
“Ron was not only a very astute businessman and administrator but he was also extremely generous with his time,” Mr Beattie said.
“His advice in recent years has been invaluable to the preparations for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“His guidance and counsel will be sorely missed by not only GOLDOC but the entire Australian industry.
“Our thoughts and best wishes go to his family and loved ones during this very sad time,” he said.
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters added that Ron recognised the powerful role sport could play in society.
“He truly was one of the pioneers in recognising that major sports events could provide significant economic opportunities while leaving a lasting legacy for their host communities,” said Mr Peters.
“In many ways the success of Melbourne in 2006 was one of the key catalysts for the Gold Coast being awarded the rights to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“The Australian sports community will be forever grateful for his contribution,” he said.