Australia’s winter sporting family gathered on Sunday, 15th October 2017 to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia’s Chairman and FIS Honorary Member Geoff Henke AO at the O’Brien Group Arena in Melbourne.
Among the guests who celebrated with the Henke family were Olympic medallists Alisa Camplin, Lydia Lassila (both aerials) and Zali Steggall (alpine skiing) who all paid tribute to Henke’s vision and support.
Also speaking at the glittering evening was Australia’s first FIS World Champion in aerial skiing, Kirstie Marshall, transport magnate and close friend, Lyndsay Fox and former Federal Sports Minister Rod Kemp.
On behalf of FIS, Henke was presented with a commemorative race bib by current FIS Council Member and President of Ski and Snowboard Australia Dean Gosper, suitably numbered “90” with the good wishes of FIS on the reverse.
Henke served as a Member of the FIS Council from 1992-2006 after which he was appointed FIS Honorary Member in recognition of his outstanding services and commitment to the sport of skiing.
In 1998, he received the International Olympic Committee Olympic Order for outstanding services to the Olympic cause, in particular his contribution to winter sports in Australia. In 1999, Henke was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to sports administration, particularly skiing, at national and international levels through FIS.
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