The award was presented to Sir John on November 2, 2017, during ANOC’s 22ND Annual General Assembly in Austria.
The ANOC Award, which recognises outstanding service to sport and the Olympic Movement, was presented by President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Back, and ANOC president, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
Sir John has been involved with the sports movement in PNG for 45 years. 30 of those has been with the PNG Olympic Committee when it used to be known as the PNG Sports Federation & National Olympic Committee.
He was also the longest serving secretary general of PNGOC, having held the position from 1984 to 2010 – a total of 26 years.