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WELCOME FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Welcome to The Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Our Vision - We exist to preserve and celebrate the history of Australian sport; and to excite the next generation of young Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and in life.

Built around the inspirational words of our first Inductee and Legend, Sir Donald Bradman AC, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is determined to carry to Australians everywhere the symbol of excellence as represented by its 525 Members across all sports and genders.

Sport is a defining and dominant part of Australian social culture and in honouring the Member achievements, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame preserves, presents and shares this priceless sporting heritage as an inspiration to all Australians.

The message is a valuable one that emphasizes the rich rewards in life that are offered by striving to attain The Sport Australia Hall of Fame values; Courage • Sportsmanship •  Integrity • Mateship • Persistence • Excellence, underpinned by Generosity, Modesty, Pride and Ambition.


John Bertrand AM
Chairman

 


SAHOF HISTORY

On December 10, 1985, 120 inaugural Members were inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF), including Sir Donald Bradman as the first Inductee and Dawn Fraser as the first female Inductee. Since then 525 Australian sporting greats have been inducted, representing over 200 years of Australian sporting history, not only across all sports but also in roles supportive to athletes. To further recognise the achievements of many of our great champions, SAHOF introduced the 'Legend' status with one Member each year elevated to 'Legend of Australian Sport'.

With the Prime Minister of the day as the Patron in Chief, SAHOF membership comprises an illustrious group of Australia’s most respected and celebrated champions that span time. They are the best of the best, who through their achievements have made a significant contribution to Australia and inspired young and old alike from every corner of this great land.

As well as recognising Australia's greatest athletes and those who have served in supporting roles, SAHOF also presents a number of awards; The 'Don' Award, named after Sir Donald Bradman, awarded annually to honour a current Australian athlete or athletes who, by their achievements and example over the last 12 months, are considered to have had the capacity to most inspire the nation; The Team Sport Australia Award awarded annually to recognise teams who have contributed significantly to Australia's reputation as a great sporting nation; The Spirit of Sport Award, granted at the Board's discretion, acknowledges an extraordinary sporting achievement and performance that captures the hearts of the nation and; The enshrining of Great Sporting Moments considered as important to our nations sporting history

Together with recognising our past sporting greats SAHOF is now also dedicated to inspiring Australia's future athletes. Aimed at young athletes under 21 years of age, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program takes SAHOF’s values, otherwise known as the 'Spirit of Sport', to young Australians, encouraging them to reach their sport and life potential. What makes this program unique is that SAHOF Members are their mentors, making it one of the most sought after scholarships available for aspiring athletes in Australia.

SAHOF will continue to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia's greatest sportsmen and women, as well as inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps.

 

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.