Photo credit: Tennis Australia and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
The Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) is mourning the loss of former president Wayne Reid, who passed away on 30 June, 2021 at the age of 83.
Reid was the inaugural president of CAS, a position he held from 1977 to 1983 and was made a Life Member of CAS in 1984.
Reid was appointed as President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (LTAA) in 1969, the year that marked the beginning of Open tennis. He introduced the concept of sponsorship to tennis and prepared the Association for the years ahead as the level of prize money increased.
After leaving the LTAA, Wayne joined the Melbourne Football Club first as a committee member and later, in October 1978, as president. He held the position for two years.
Wayne was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1989 for his contribution to Tennis Administration and he was also the President of the International Assembly of National Organisations of Sport, a founding director of the Australian Institute of Sport and a Member of the Federal Government Sports Advisory Council.