Elaine Canty

Pioneer in the media, sport and law


Elaine Canty AM is a pioneer in the media, sport and the law.

On Australia Day 2015 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia

For more than twenty years Elaine was a regular presenter and guest on ABC radio and television and much in demand as an entertaining public speaker. In 2006, she was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Role of Women in recognition of her outstanding service to the community and being an inspirational role model for women.

Current Work

Elaine is the longest serving Chairman of the Board of one of Australia’s most iconic institutions ,the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. For four years she chaired the Board of Management of the much loved Queen Victoria Market and also Chairman of the Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market.

She is a founding director (1989 – 2000) of the Victorian Institute of Sport and one of the founders and a Life Member of the Essendon Football Club Women’s Network.

She currently sits on the Board of the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation.

Previous Experience

Media: The first female sports broadcaster on ABC Radio and Television in Victoria, she is also the first and only woman to be appointed to the AFL Tribunal (1996 – 2005).

She was the first woman to anchor an Australiawide Olympic Games coverage (for the ABC from Barcelona 1992). She has since covered six Olympic Games and produced and presented an international award-winning sports documentary series “Inside The Back Page”

For 8 years in the nineteen nineties, she presented daily current affairs and lifestyle talkback program on 774 ABC Melbourne (now ABC Radio Melbourne )

Sport and Leadership: Elaine is a former director of Athletics Australia (1998 – 2003), Women’s and Children’s Health, (1999 – 2004), Royal Women’s Hospital (2004 – 2007), M2002 World Masters Games, VicHealth,(1997-2006) and the State Sports Centres Trust.


Talking Points
Coping With Change
Pushing Boundaries
Sports in the Courts
The Token Tart Bites Back