SAHOF Breaking News

17th Mar 2020

A Message from Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Board and staff are continuing to monitor and discuss the ongoing and rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. We want to assure our Members, Sponsors, Stakeholders, broader sporting partners, athletes and Scholarship Recipients that we will continue to operate business as usual with some minor changes which will be in line with the state and federal Government policies and guidance to ensure our Nation’s health remains the number one priority.

As of today, Monday, March 16, 2020, SAHOF staff will be working remotely due to the limited access to the office within the MCG.

All staff will be available via the contact details below.

Sport Australia Hall of Fame would like to send a special mention of support to our valued partners; the Australian Sports Museum and MCC who have made the decision to close the doors to the recently re-opened Museum, MCG Tours and Melbourne Cricket Club Museum due to COVID-19.

All three visitor attractions (including our SAHOF exhibit) are officially closed as of 5:00pm yesterday, Monday March 16, following a final day of trading.

The Australian Sports Museum, MCC/MCG apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause however, the safety of their visitors and staff is paramount.

Once there is a date set for re-opening, SAHOF will support the Australian Sports Museum in advising the broader community and we encourage you all to support them by booking a visit.

Sport Australia Hall of Fame would stress that during this time we all work together; cooperatively, respectfully and humanitarianly to remain civil and supportive of each member of our community. Observe and implement the best practice guidelines for reducing the spread of any potential virus, namely; avoid handshakes or unnecessary skin contact, wash hands regularly as well as avoiding the sharing of any communal items. Most importantly, we encourage no panic buying, think of yourself and others when purchasing.

In light of this pandemic news, following is some exciting positive news. #SportUnitesUs

Sport Australia Hall of Fame staff contact details:
Adrianne Sarkozy - CEO,, 0419 533 377
Bonnie Elliott - Scholarships & Operations Manager,, 0413 701 787
Shane McCarter - Marketing, Social Media & Events Assistant,, 0415 463 558
Chris Little - Heritage Coordinator,
Anita Morgan - Finance Officer,


Scholarship & Mentoring Program Update

Overall Crystal Globe for Ben Tudhope!

2019 SAHOF Scholarship Holder Ben Tudhope has taken home the Overall Crystal Globe for the 2019/2020 season shortly after taking home double Silver in Spain!

Ben is still receiving unrivalled support from SAHOF Member, his Mentor Nick Farr-Jones AM (Rugby Union).



Cameron Shields’ Mentor Graeme Lloyd taking support to a new level

2019 Scholarship recipient Cameron Shields (Motor Racing) and his Mentor, SAHOF Member Graeme Lloyd (Baseball) may seem like an odd pairing, given their completely different sporting backgrounds however, that’s the beauty with the SAHOF Scholarship and Mentor Program – these two were purposely paired, given Graeme’s experience in relocating to a different country and seeking sponsorship, while dealing with day-to-day life, all without the ‘normal’ close support of family and friends – all subjects Cameron is dealing with now.

Needless to say, these two will continue to kick goals and have secured a lifelong friendship with unlimited support like no other.

Picture: Graeme in Florida watching Cameron compete in the Indy season, March 2020


Graeme in Florida watching Cameron compete


Caitlin Parker qualifies for Tokyo 2020!

The raw emotion of 2015 Scholarship Recipient Caitlin Parker qualifying for Tokyo 2020 in the women’s boxing middle weight 69-75kg is captivating.

Five years after Caitlin’s official acceptance of her Scholarship, her SAHOF Mentor Adam Gilchrist AM (Cricket) is still in contact providing invaluable advise and support.

Thank you Gilly for your continued support of this superstar!



Sade Ferguson takes out Australian Junior Masters title for the fourth consecutive year

Sade Ferguson is a 2020 SAHOF Scholarship Holder, water ski champ and paired with one of Australia’s most decorated lifesavers, Kristy Munroe AM.

Sade recently competed at the 2020 Moomba Masters and claimed an array of podium finishes and personal bests:

Junior Girls (U17)

  • Slalom: Tied 1st (11.25m rope)
  • Trick: 2nd (5770 points)
  • Jump: 1st (40.1m)
  • Overall Champion

Open Women’s

  • Slalom: 8th 
  • Trick: 9th
  • Jump: 6th (47.3m & PB)



Gold medal streak for Skateboarding sensation Hayley Wilson

Power duo Hayley Wilson (Street Skateboarding) and Kevin Sheedy (AFL Coach) are continuing their strong Mentor/Mentee relationship since being paired in October 2019.

Hayley is also powering through her competitions, taking first place in the Oceania Street Skateboarding Championships, Australian Skate Park Leagues Street Skateboarding Nationals and tallying up Olympic ranking points at the same time.



Jack Denahy’s break from boxing and unrivalled support from his Mentor

Jack Denahy is a 2020 Scholarships Holder and is paired with SAHOF Member Sarah Fitz-Gerald AM (Squash) as his Mentor.

Jack has made a very difficult decision to not compete in the Tokyo 2020 trials. After boxing full time for 5 years, and not taking the appropriate rest times in between tournaments and international trips, Jack felt extremely flat and unmotivated. After seeking professional advise, it was diagnosed that he was experiencing significant burn out and is taking the time to take a step back from boxing to find love for the sport again and ensure he is mentally strong enough before stepping back in the ring.

SAHOF, Jack’s Mentor Sarah Fitz-Gerald and the AIS will continue to support Jack. We couldn't be more proud of Jack for doing what is right for him, especially seeking advise from all of his contacts at such a young age. We look forward to supporting Jack throughout his journey, both in sport and in life.

Stay tuned for a full video on Jack’s decision and his athletic journey.


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