Australian Spirit Luncheon


The Sport Australian Hall of Fame Chairman John Bertrand AO proudly co hosted the 2017 Australian Spirit Luncheon with SAHOF Co Patrons the Hon Robert (Bob) Hawke AC and the Hon John Howard OM AC SSI in early June. The Luncheon was held at the Park Hyatt overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour and iconic Opera House.

The private luncheon was held for the 2nd year running to raise funds for and awareness of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s exceptional Scholarship & Mentoring Program which has helped support 66 young Australian athletes over the past 11 years.

Sport is a known unifier, and it is through their love of sport that Mr Hawke and Mr Howard have come together in their role as Co Patrons of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

The gathering of 35 guests appreciated the unique opportunity to hear from two of Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister’s in such an intimate environment. John Bertrand led the two on a thought provoking and highly entertaining interview where they spoke of their time leading our nation, their hopes for Australia’s sporting future and how their passion for sport unites the two. And, as would be expected, it wasn’t all politics and business, with good natured banter bringing many smiles to the room.

Members of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Members including Dawn Fraser AO MBE, Simon Poidevin OAM, Graeme Lloyd, Kieren Perkins OAM and John O’Neill AO were on hand to welcome guests and act as special guest table hosts and we thank them for their generosity of time.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this event come to life; The Park Hyatt, Phillip Carr and Associates and photographer Nadine Saacks Photography.

2017 Australian Spirit Luncheon Photos

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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.