2010 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Dinner presented by Etihad Airways

Bookings are well under way for the Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on Wednesday October 20. The black tie dinner this year will see the Hall of Fame take its Membership beyond 500. Nine new members will be inducted at the function to be held at the Crown Palladium Room in Melbourne. Along with the announcement of the prestigious 2010 Don Award and the 2010 Spirit of Sport Award, two Members will be elevated to Legend status.

Warne's moment of magic wins competition

The Hall of Fame Greatest Moments competition run by News Ltd in August, has seen the 'Warne Ball' voted by the readers a clear winner receiving 45 per cent of the vote from Phar Lap's 1930 Melbourne Cup triumph. Warne stated that with his delivery, which turned an estimated 58cm to Mike Gatting in 1993, that all he tried to do was pitch on about leg stump and spin it a fair way, and that as it left his hand it felt just about perfect. Warne said 'I knew I'd bowled 'Gatt' and I could tell from the look on Ian Healy's face behind the stumps that the ball had done something special, but it was not until I saw a replay during the lunch break that I fully realised just how much it had done.’ Warne's magical moment will be enshrined into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on October 20 at Crown Casino. Tickets available through
Shane Warne
Lindsay Gaze into the FIBA Hall of Fame

SAHOF Board Director and iconic basketball coach Lindsay Gaze within days of being elevated to Legend Status in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame was lauded with international basketball’s greatest tribute by being named to the FIBA Hall of Fame. Basketball’s international governing body FIBA, named Gaze among 17 inductees from 12 different countries for 2010. The former Melbourne Tigers and Australian Boomers head coach will become just the eighth coach and only the second Australian to enter the FIBA Hall of Fame. Lindsay will be inducted on September 12 during the World Championship in Istanbul.
 Lindsay Gaze
Etihad pilot qualifies to become first female Captain

Etihad Airways, major sponsor of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and national airline of the United Arab Emirates, recently celebrated the maiden commercial flight of its first female Captain, Sophie Blanchard. Captain Blanchard, a French national, took the controls of the left hand seat in the flight deck for the first time earlier this month on flight EY17 from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow. Joining Etihad in 2007 as a First Officer and initially flying for Etihad Crystal Cargo with Air Atlanta, Captain Blanchard completed a rigorous training and exam program earning her fourth stripe. Captain Richard Hill, Etihad Airways' Chief Operations Officer, said: "We congratulate Sophie on becoming Etihad's first female Captain. It's a great achievement and well deserved as she has shown tremendous dedication to achieve the rank of Captain." Etihad currently has 10 female pilots within its ranks and four female cadet pilots.
Sophie Blanchard
John Bertrand takes World Etchells title in Ireland

Australian sailing legend and SAHOF Chairman John Bertrand and crew Andrew Palfry and Tom Slingsby took the 2010 Etchells World Championship title in style in Ireland (Howth) in late August winning five out of eight races and without needing to sail the final race of the series. After weeks of planning and with great sailing skill the crew from the Royal Brighton Yacht Club showed amazing consistency with five firsts, including line honours on the last day. John now adds this one-design class world championship win to his Olympic bronze medal of 1976 and his America's Cup win 27 years ago. Congratulations from all at the Hall of Fame.
John Bertand

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