Sir Austin Sealy was elected to the Council of the Barbados Olympic Association in 1972, becoming Treasurer in 1974 and President in 1982, a position he held until 1996. At the 103rd IOC Session, Sir Austin was elected to the International Olympic Committee, the first Barbadian and only the second person from the English-speaking Caribbean to be appointed to this body.
Sir Austin has a long and impressive record in sports administration, having served on the Executive Committees of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association as Honorary Treasurer and the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados in various capacities. He was President of the latter Association from 1969 to 1977 and from 1981 to 1988. Sir Austin inaugurated the CARIFTA Games for Track and Field in 1972 and further expanded the programme to include eight other disciplines for the Games held in the years 1985 and 1989. The CARIFTA Games, which have become an annual event on the track and field calendar, are the primary vehicle for the development of young track and field competitors in the Caribbean region. He was awarded the IAAF Veterans Pin in 1984 and in 2001 was awarded the IAAF Plaque of Merit for his contribution to athletics over the years.
On the international scene, Sir Austin was a member of the Olympic Solidarity Commission from 1994 to 2001. He was a member of the IOC’s Commission for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the 2014 London Olympic Games, the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and the inaugural Caribbean Games scheduled for 2009 in Trinidad and Tobago. He has been Honorary Treasurer of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Working Committee on Cooperation through Sport throughout the existence of that Committee from 1990 to 2003. Sir Austin was a member of the Executive Board of the Association of National Olympic Committees from 1994 to 2002.
In 1984, Sir Austin was the National Sports Council’s Sports Administrator of the Year and in 1985 had bestowed one of Barbados’ highest honour – The Silver Crown of Merit.
As part of Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2016, Sir Austin was conferred with a Knight Bachelor for his service to sport nationally and internationally.