Awarded Life Membership 20 October 2006
Donald ‘Don’ Stockins was Australian Team Chef de Mission at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 and Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
His appointment as Chef de Mission was a high point in his long service to both badminton and the Commonwealth Sport movement, with his last Games in 2002 his eighth appointment as a team official.
He commenced his team roles as badminton Section Manager in Christchurch in 1974, and repeated those roles in Edmonton 1978, Brisbane 1982 and Edinburgh 1986. He was Administrative Manager in Auckland 1990, Assistant Manager in Victoria 1994 before rising to Chef de Mission.
In 1998 he was appointed as a Director of the Melbourne 2006 Bid Committee, which was successful in its bid to host the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
At the Olympic Games he was Section Manager of the badminton team in Barcelona in 1992, where badminton made its Olympic debut.
He was a member of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association executive, include the role as Vice President (1993-xx) and Vice President (xx-xx).
He also served as Australian Commonwealth Games Association WA Division President (1995-2003), where his involvement dated back to 1966 when he was elected as a Badminton delegate for the WA Division and held this position for 29 years. In 1983 Don was elected as Vice President of the WA Division and then President in 1995, which he held for 3 terms, until March 2003.
A board member, President (1983-2002) and long serving referee at Badminton Australia he also served at the regional level, as President of Oceania Badminton from 2001-2005.
His volunteer work as an administrator and official ran alongside his full-time position with the Government of Western Australia. He was the Registrar General for Western Australia, within the Ministry of Justice, from 1983 – 2002.
For his service to badminton and the Commonwealth Games, he was awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1988 ‘For services to badminton’’, recognised as Western Australian Citizen of the Year (sport) in 1990, and recipient of an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 ‘For service to the community through sport, particularly badminton’.
In 2015 he was honoured with an Order of Merit for services to the Commonwealth Games Federation.
He is a Life Member of Badminton Australia, Badminton Western Australia (1972) and the Western Australian Sports Federation (1990).