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Awarded for service to Sport and Recreation
Entered on roll: 2005
Born in Launceston, Elizabeth Jack’s family moved to Melbourne when she was two and returned to Tasmania when she was 10. She attended East Launceston Primary School and Queechy High School. She married in 1990 and had two daughters.
Elizabeth’s interest in diving started at the age of eight. She represented Australia in international diving competitions from 1975 until 1979. She competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games at the age of 17 – the first Tasmanian woman and the youngest ever Australian diver to compete at this level. Elizabeth gained a Bachelor of Arts (Modern Languages) from McGill University (Montreal) in 1982.
After a spinal injury forced Elizabeth’s retirement from competition in 1986, she became involved in coaching and administration. She coached the Canadian Diving Team on 24 occasions including the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. During this period, she produced and coached more than 20 senior and junior Canadian national champions, including one Olympic Gold medallist and two other Olympic finalists, as well as coaching Tasmanian Olympic finalist Julie Kent in 1984.
Elizabeth returned to Tasmania in 1990 to take up the position of Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS). Under her leadership, the TIS became a state-of-the-art institute with world-class programs and coaching expertise. She was inducted into the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2004, Elizabeth accepted the position of Director Sport and Recreation Tasmania in the Department of Economic Development.
Elizabeth has maintained her interest in sport as a member of the Australian Coaching Council. Elizabeth has also been a member of the Tasmanian Olympic Council Corporate Fundraising Committee. She is currently the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport, a national committee that aims to develop a coordinated and collaborative approach to sport and recreation. Elizabeth also made a key contribution to the success of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as the Competition Manager for Diving.
Elizabeth was a member of the State Advisory Committee on the Tasmanian Bicentenary.