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Great Sporting Moments

Throughout our nation's history there have been many outstanding sporting moments that collectively contribute a significant thread to the Australian sporting tapestry.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame recognises the importance of acknowledging and celebrating these sporting moments and in 2007 introduced the 'Great Sporting Moments'. In the inaugural year three such moments were 'enshrined' after the public voted through a national News Ltd poll.

Each year The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Selection Committee have nominated outstanding moments to be ‘enshrined’ into The Hall of Fame ‘Spirit of Sport’ exhibit at the National Sports Museum.

Moment Year Awarded
Australia defeated Uruguay in 2005 to qualify for Soccer's 2006 World Cup 2007
Australia 11 wins yachting's America's Cup in 1983 2007
Sydney Swans win the 2005 AFL Premiership via Leo Barry's mark on the siren 2007
Damian Oliver's tribute to his brother on winning the 2002 Melbourne Cup on Media Puzzle. 2008
Kieren Perkins 1500m freestyle Gold medal against the odds at the 1996 Atlanta Games 2009
Shane Warne's ball to dismiss Mike Gatting in 1993 2010
An Act of Sportsmanship - John Landy 2010
Catherine Freemans 400m Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games 2011
Cadel Evans Historic Victory in the 2011 Tour de France 2011
Peter Normans Black Power Statement - 1968 Olympic Games, Mexico 2012
Australia's Final Leg in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Sydney 2000 Olympic Games 2012
Sydney wins the right to host the 2000 Olympic Games 2013
Steven Bradbury wins gold at Salt Lake City 2013
Women's Water Polo Team's Historic Victory in Last Moments 2013
Phar Lap winning the 1930 Melbourne Cup 2014
Betty Cuthbert winning her Olympic title at the 1964 Tokyo Games 2014
Dawn Fraser winning her 3rd consecutive Olympic title 2014
Kerryn McCann winning the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Women's Marathon 2015
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