SAHOF Breaking News

16th Mar 2016

Inspire the Nation

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The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) together with our Major Sponsor Etihad Airways hosted the fifth “Inspire the Nation” event at Blackbird Bar and Restaurant in Brisbane on March 9, 2016.

The exclusive “Inspire the Nation” series is a private cocktail event which provides Etihad Airways clients and guests a rare opportunity to hear stories from our Members that otherwise might never be told in such a care-free manner.

The exceptional panel of Sport Australia Hall of Fame members and sports stars was one that provided many laughs; Dawn Fraser AO MBE, Wally Lewis AM and Ian Healy along with MC Tim Horan AM. The night began with a story from Dawn Fraser’s successful past that involved an Olympic Flag and a young Dawn. The 140 guests were in fits of laughter as Dawn recalled her night on Japanese soil.

It wasn’t long until Ian Healy and Wally Lewis joined in on the reminiscing of their exciting careers, and Blackbird Bar and Restaurant came alive. The panel of three, along with their fellow Member, Tim Horan made for a memorable night and instilled a sense of Australian Pride amongst guests.  

The event provided a great opportunity for Etihad’s Brisbane clientele to meet, talk and take photos with the panel, who joined Members John Bertrand AM, Rob de Castella AO MBE, Layne Beachley AO, Geoff Henke AO, Mike McKay OAM, Susie O’Neill OAM, Natalie Cook OAM and Zali Steggall OAM.

Charles Morley, Etihad’s Queensland’s Manager, welcomed the Brisbane clients and those involved with Etihad in Brisbane, and thanked all those who attended. The night showcased just how strong the partnership between the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Etihad Airways had become over the years.

John Bertrand AM, Sport Australia Hall of Fame Chairman and Legend, welcomed everyone on behalf of SAHOF and spoke fondly of how the Hall of Fame was founded. John also discussed the strong and successful partnership between Etihad and SAHOF.

We wish to thank all of our guests who attended the evening, and appreciate all the hard work that went on behind the scenes –our venue hosts, Blackbird Bar and Restaurant, AV specialists Velvet Systems, Jared Vethaak Photography for capturing the night and of course our fabulous panel, MC and Members.


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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.