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20th Dec 2016
Spirit of Sport E-News and Volume 41 Magazine
Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is responsible for recommending each year to the SAHOF Board the selection of Members for Induction into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the selection of the finalists and winner of 'The Don' Award, the selection of Team Sport Australia Award, Great Sporting Moments and any other award winners as required.

The Selection Committee comprises nine Members and one external Independent 'sports expert' (chosen for his or her extensive sporting knowledge). The Independent position is currently vacant.


Rob de Castella AO MBE - Chairman (Board)

Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 1997
Appointed as Chairman of the SAHOF Committee in 2000


John Bertrand AO - (Board)

Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 2005 as Chairman of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame


Raelene Boyle AM MBE

Raelene was one of the world's great modern day female sprinters. She was selected in every Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games team between 1968 and 1982 winning a total of twelve medals. She won three Olympic silver medals and six Commonwealth Games gold medals. She set a number of Australian and Commonwealth records and was a member of two world record breaking Australian relay teams. Raelene was a Board Member of the Hall of Fame before joining the Selection Committee and spends much of her time supporting the Breast Cancer Network of Australia and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 1998


Alan Davidson AM MBE

Alan was an all-round cricketer whose greatest strength was as a left-arm fast-medium bowler. Alan played in 44 Test matches for Australia, scoring 1328 runs at an average of 24.59 and capturing 186 wickets at an average of 20.53, including a memorable 7 for 93 against India. He was the first player to take more than 10 wickets and score over 100 runs in a Test match. Alan maintained an active involvement with the game, as a coach, a selector, and an administrator. Alan was the Executive Director of the Rothmans National Sports Foundation and was President of the NSW Cricket Association for 33 years, a record term. He is a Member of the NSW Sports Advisory Council and is on the Integrity and Assurance Committee of Racing NSW.

Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 2004


Bruce McAvaney OAM

Justifiably called "The Master Sportscaster", Bruce McAvaney has commentated and hosted events including the AFL grand final and the Brownlow Medal, called four and hosted five Melbourne Cups, Bathurst 1000, Australian Open tennis, President's Cup golf, Australian Masters golf, World Athletic Championships, World Swimming Championships, all Summer Olympics from 1984 and Winter Olympics from 1998; the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Bruce is known for his meticulous research and in-depth knowledge of the sports and athletes he covers.

Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 1997


Alan Whelpton AO

Alan Whelpton was President of Surf Life Saving Australia from 1975 to 2001 retiring to accept the position of President of the International Life Saving Federation. During his term as President of SLSA he instigated many changes including the televising of surf life saving competitions. He is also the Chairman of the NSW Sport and Recreation Advisory Council and a Member of the Selection Committee for the NSW Hall of Champions.

Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 2000


Michael McKay OAM - (Board)

Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 2009


Louise Sauvage OAM

Louise Sauvage was a dominant force in women's wheelchair racing for 12 years, from her debut aged 18 at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona to her retirement after the Athens Olympics in 2004. Over the course of her career, Sauvage won nine Paralympic gold medals, four Boston Marathons, and was four times the winner of the 800m Wheelchair Exhibition Race at the IAAF World Athletic Championships. She holds world records in the 1500m, 5000m and 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Louise Sauvage was Australian Female Athlete of the Year in 1999, and International Female Wheelchair Athlete of the Year in 1999 and 2000. Her performances elevated Paralympic sport into the spotlight of Australian sport for the first time. Since retiring from international competition Louise has turned her attention to assisting the development of future Paralympic athletes, and in November 2006 was elected to the Board of the Australian Paralympic Committee.

Appointed to the SAHOF Selection Committee in 2009


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