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20th Dec 2016
Spirit of Sport E-News and Volume 41 Magazine
2016 Inductees & Awards


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The Sport Australia Hall of Fame

“32nd Induction & Awards Gala Dinner

Proudly presented by Etihad Airways

Proudly presented by our Major Sponsor – Etihad Airways, the Annual  Black-Tie Gala Dinner brings together the largest annual gathering of Australian sporting greats under the one roof, along with Captains of Industry, Sport and Government to reflect and celebrate Australia's most magnificent sporting achievements, past and present.

At Induction into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is one of the highest national sporting honours that can be bestowed. With 541 Members it represents the pinnacle of Australian sporting excellence; on and off the field of endeavour and across all sports and genders.

Presentations on the evening will include:

  • Induction of eight new Australian sporting greats into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • Announcement of the 38th Legend of Australian Sport
  • Naming of 2016 ‘The Don’ winner
  • Presentation of the 'Spirit of Sport' Award
  • Presentation to the recipients of the 2017 Scholarship and Mentoring Program


Click Here to view all the videos from past Induction and Awards Gala Dinners.


2016 Member Inductees

To be formally Inducted on Thursday 13th October

To be Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is The greatest honour that can be bestowed. Membership is limited exclusively to the top echelon of Australian athletes who have all achieved excellence at the highest level of their sport, and to those who have shown outstanding achievements in roles supportive to sports participants.

In 2016, eight great Australian’s will be formally Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Thursday 13th October at the 32nd Induction and Awards Gala Dinner at Crown Palladium.

As the Inductees are announced, their biographies will be available below. 

 To read more on The Sport Australia Hall of Fame's 541 Members, click here.


4 October - Media Release: Newton an irresistible force in Australian golf

Click here for Jack Newton OAM Biography


5 October - Media Release: Ellicott created an Institute and with it a vision for Australian sport

Click here for The Hon RJ (Bob) Ellicott QC Biography 

 6 October - Media Release: 'Dealer' Wells - a name to remember in Rugby League

Click here for Harry Wells Biography

9 October - Media Release: Sharelle a sharp shooter who flew the flag for Australia

Click here for Sharelle McMahon Biography

10 October - MEDIA RELEASE: Kristy an ironwoman in every respect

Click here for Kristy Ellis Biography


11 October - MEDIA RELEASE: Page sails into Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Click here for Malcolm Page Biography


12 October - MEDIA RELEASE: Carney a triathlon trailblazer Inducted into Hall of Fame

Click here for Emma Carney Biography


13 October - MEDIA RELEASE: Libby a medal winning machine who broke the barriers in swimming

Click here for Libby Trickett Biography

Award Finalists & Winners 

To be formally presented on Thursday 13th October

Awards presented on the night will include the naming of 'The Don', the 'Spirit of Sport' award and the 2017 Scholarship and Mentoring Program recipients. 



4 October 'Spirit of Sport' Award announced Luke Beveridge to be awarded Spirit of Sport 

Click here to read the Media Release.

 13 October - Michelle Payne becomes the 2016 recipient of 'The Don' Award 

13 October - Wally Lewis is Elevated to 'Official Legend of Australian Sport'

22 September - 'The Don' Finalists announced  

Click here to read the Media Release.


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