Congratulations Jon Harmer on your Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to water polo.

Many of us know that you have been around the sport for some time, but, it is only when we read the details of what you have done that we can truly appreciate the contribution you have made.


Mr Jon Robin HARMER, North Adelaide SA 5006

For service to water polo.

Water Polo Australia

  • Manager, Australian Men’s Water Polo Team, Olympic Games London, 2012.
  • Chairman,
    Organising Committee, World League International Water Polo Tournament, Adelaide, 2009.
  • Manager, Australian Junior Men’s Water Polo, FINA World Championships, Mar Del Plata, and Long Beach, 2005 and 2007.
  • Manager, Australian Men’s Water Polo, FINA World Championships, Rome, and Shanghai, 2009 and 2011.

Water Polo South Australia

  • Board Member, 1975-2022.
  • Chief Executive Officer, 2006-2013.
  • Member, Technical Committee, 2017-2018.
  • Development Officer, 1999-2013.
  • Life Member, since 2001.
  • Involvement as a player, coach, and administrator since 1973.

Adelaide Jets Water Polo – National Water Polo League.

  • Manager, Men’s National League Team, 2017-2022.
  • Head Coach, Men’s National League Team, 2010.
  • Head Coach, Inaugural Women’s National League Team, 2005.
  • Assistant Coach, Inaugural Men’s National League Team, 1990.

Adelaide Vikings Water Polo Club 

  • President, current.
  • Junior Coach, current
  • Life Member. Sports Association for Adelaide Schools
  • Coordinator, Water Polo, since 1980.
  • Life Member, Independent Schools Sporting Association.

Blackfriars Priory School

  • Development Officer, Old Scholars, and Community, current.
  • Head Water Polo Coach, 1980-2022.
  • Formerly Head of Physical Education, Teacher of PE, Health Education and English. Awards and recognition include:
  • Lord Mayor’s Sports Volunteer of the Year Award, Adelaide City Council, 2017.
  • Citizen of the Year, City of Prospect, 2007.