Ric Charlesworth

Ric Charlesworth

Nick Name
: N/A
:06 Feb,1952
:67 years, 6 months
:Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
: University of Western Australia,Christ Church Grammar School
Retired On
: 1988

About Ric Charlesworth

Richard Ian (Ric) Charlesworth AM (born 6 February 1952) is a sports and performance consultant and a former First-class cricketer and field hockey player and coach. He is also a medical doctor and former federal politician.

Career Highlights:

Cricket Career:

In 1969 he captained the Western Australian State under 19 cricket team before going on to play A grade Club cricket for West Perth (1969–1970, 1976–82) and University Cricket Club (1970–76). 

He played in 47 first-class matches for Western Australia from 1972 until 1979, making 2,327 runs at an average of 30.22. 

He was a member of Sheffield Shield winning teams in 1972–73, 1976–77, 1977–78, and was a squad member in the winning season of 1974–75.

Hockey Career:
  • Charlesworth was coached by Ray House at Christ Church Grammar School, where he was promoted to the school's first XI at an early age. He was a member of the PSA Hockey Cup (now known as the Ray House Hockey Cup) winning teams of 1966–67.

  • Charlesworth was a member of the national team which competed in various other international tournaments including winning the World Hockey Cup in London in 1986.

  • He retired from playing after representing Australia at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He played 227 games for his country.

  • Charlesworth was inducted into the Australian Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008,the second person to achieve this award.

  • In 1980, while playing for The University of Western Australia Hockey Club, Charlesworth also won the Olympian's Medal, an annual award presented to the player judged by umpires to be the fairest and best in men's first division competition in Western Australia. 

Politics Career:
He was elected as the Federal Member for Perth in 1983, representing the Australian Labor Party, and was a Member of Parliament for 10 years until retiring in 1993.
Charlesworth said one reason for retiring from Parliament was that he never became a minister.

Charlesworth was a member of the Australian Sports Commission Board 1994–97 and Western Australian Institute of Sport Board 1984-1992, 2001-2005.

He has written three books: The Coach – Managing for Success, Staying at the Top and Shakespeare the Coach.

Ric Charlesworth Achievements

  • Western Australian Sportsman of the Year in 1976, 1979 and 1987 
  • Advance Australia Award in 1984
  • Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987
  • Hockey Australia Hall of Fame 2008
  • Hall of Champions, WA 1995
  • West Australian Sports Champions of the Year Award – Coach of the Year 1994–2000 
  • Australian Coaching Council Team Coach of the Year 1994, 1996, 1997,1998,1999,2000 
  • Confederation of Australian Sport Coach of the Year 1996, 1997 and 2000 
  • Australian Sports Medal 2000
  • Western Australia Citizen of the Year Award 2001 
  • Western Australian Finalist Australian of the Year 2011
  • Australian Institute of Sport Coach of the Year 2010 
  • Inaugural Australian Institute of Sport World's Best Award 2014