Date Inducted:11 Dec 2003
Sport: Horse Racing
The Don Award

Damien Oliver - Horse Racing

The sight of Damien raising his arm to the heavens on winning the 2002 Melbourne Cup on Media Puzzle after losing his brother in a tragic race fall several days earlier is an image indelibly etched in people's minds. Played out in front of a national and international audience, it brought Australia to a stand still.

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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.