As one of the founding members, Ted Tobin has been a significant contributor to the Illawarra Academy of Sport over a period of more than 20 years. His efforts provided significant and lasting benefits to talented young athletes of the Illawarra, Highlands and South Coast and fostered key organisational values and the positive community status continued by the IAS to this day.
He became the first IAS Administrative Director. Members of the inaugural board acknowledge Ted’s drive, enthusiasm and “can do” attitude, as a major factor in the early successes of the IAS. Ted was later appointed Chairman of the IAS in 1988. In this role, Ted volunteered countless hours, drove many miles, attended numerous meetings and guided the Academy to the prominent position that it now enjoys.
His tenure as the first IAS Administrative Director in 1986, ten year membership to the Board (1986-1996), which included a six year term as Chairman from 1988, witnessed the development of the IAS from fledgling organisation with no athletes to one which had offered more than 4,000 scholarships to talented young locals.
In 2002, the IAS established the Tobin Family Award in recognition of the Tobin family’s support of the Academy – in particular, the invaluable contribution of Ted Tobin. In 2005, on the occasion of the Academy’s 20th year, Ted was bestowed the inaugural Life Membership to the IAS.
In the period from his retirement from the Board in 1996 until his death in 2010, Ted was both a mentor and a major litmus test for the positive development of the direction of the IAS and was awarded Life Membership in 2005.