Emeritus Professor John Bloomfield was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame in October this year – adding to an extraordinary list of achievements over a long and varied career.
He left Australia in 1960 on a Fulbright scholarship to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Oregon in the United States. After receiving his PhD in 1968, he returned to Australia to take a position at UWA.
Throughout his notable career, Emeritus Professor Bloomfield has served as president of Sports Medicine Australia, chairman of the Australian Sports Science Council, chairman of the Australian Institute of Sport, and co-chairman of the Australian Sports Commission. He has authored more than 100 scientific papers and five books in sport and sport science as well as three major government reports on the development of sport in Australia. He was a National Surf Lifesaving champion and elite-level swimming coach in Australia and the United States. Emeritus Professor Bloomfield’s research interests and experiences have led him to be a highly-regarded lecturer and consultant in 22 countries.
He is also a former director of the Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic at Hollywood Private Hospital in Perth.
In 1979, Emeritus Professor Bloomfield was awarded Citizen of the Year in Western Australia and in 1982 made a Member of the Order of Australia.
His induction into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame sees him join the likes of Greg Norman and Para-Olympian Louise Sauvage.