"It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication." - Herb Elliott
Austin Sealy - IOC Member
Austin Sealy was elected to the Council of the Barbados Olympic Association in 1972, becoming Treasurer in 1974 and President in 1982, a position he held until 1996.
He is currently the Immediate Past President. At the 103rd I.O.C. Session, Austin Sealy was elected to the International Olympic Committee, the first Barbadian and only the second person from the English-speaking Caribbean to be appointed to this body.
Mr. Sealy has a long and impressive record in sports administration having served on the Executive Committees of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association and the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados. He was President of the latter Association from 1969 to 1976 and from 1981 to 1988. Austin Sealy inaugurated the CARIFTA Games in 1972.
These Games, which have become an annual event on the track and field calendar, is the primary vehicle for the development of young track and field competitors in the Caribbean region. He was awarded an IAAF Veterans Pin and in 2001 was awarded the IAAF Plaque of Merit for his contribution to athletics over the years.
On the international scene, Mr. Sealy is a member of the Olympic Solidarity Commission. He is also Treasurer of the Commonwealth Games Federation and a member of the Executive Board of the Association of National Olympic Committees.
In 1985, Mr. Sealy was bestowed one of Barbados’ highest honours – The Silver Crown of Merit. He was a member of the Coordination commission of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and is currently a member of this Commission for Delhi 2010 and London 2012.