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.
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.
- 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.
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.