Australia Olympic medallist Margot Foster has been honoured with an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Announced over the weekend, Ms Foster receives the AM ‘for significant service to sports administration and governance at the state and national level, as an elite athlete and through support of women in sport’.
Ms Foster was part of the first female crew to win an Olympic medal in rowing for Australia, when she was part of the Australia Women’s Coxed Four at the 1984 that won a bronze medal in Los Angeles. Ms Foster was in a crew with Robyn Grey-Gardner, Karen Brancourt-Pollock, Susan Chapman-Popa and Susan Lee. Ms Foster was also part of the Australian Women’s Eight that won a gold medal at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games in 1986.
A lawyer by trade, Ms Foster has held numerous sports administration roles including Board Member of the Australian Sports Commission (1998-2007), Chair of the Sport Education Sub-Committee and Women and Sport Forum Sub-Committee (2002), President of Women Sport Australia (1997 -2002), Vice Chair of the AOC’s Athletes Commission (1985-1993) while she is currently the Chair of VicSport, a role she has held since 2013.
Presently Ms Foster serves on the Boards of Vicsport, VicHealth, Women of the Melbourne Cricket Club (WOMCC), Olympians Club of Victoria, and the finance and risk committee of Australian University Sport. She is also President of the Melbourne University Sports Association. She has been a mentor and advisor to many women in sport and hosts a regular networking lunch for women working in the sports industry.
Ms Foster was Secretary-General of the Australian Rowing Council (which later became Rowing Australia) from 1989 to 1991, she was a Member of the Rowing Victoria Board in 2013 and is currently a Patron of the Rowing Program at Melbourne Girls School.