SAHOF Breaking News

4th Oct 2016

Media Release: Luke Beveridge to be awarded Spirit of Sport

Media Release


When the Western Bulldogs broke a 62-year premiership drought, injury forced club captain and spiritual leader Robert Murphy to watch from the coach’s box.

Amid wild celebrations, and after the 22 competing players received their premiership medallions, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge took to the podium, ending his speech with a remarkable gesture.

Removing his own premiership medallion, Beveridge invited the wounded skipper to the stage with the words "This is yours mate, you deserve this more than anyone."

Beveridge’s actions will go into sporting folklore and added a remarkable full stop to an historic day in Australian football.

His actions will be applauded by the who’s who of Australian sport at the 2016 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner in Melbourne next week when Beveridge is awarded the ‘Spirit of Sport’ Award.

Sport Australia Hall of Fame Chairman John Bertrand AO said Beveridge’s actions encapsulated exactly what the award was designed to recognise.

“We all watched it and it captured our hearts,” Bertrand said.

“Luke’s actions exemplify the spirit of sport and truly represent many of the values of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame including modesty, generosity and mateship.”

“It’s a fitting moment to be enshrined in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame via the ‘Spirit of Sport’ Award, which we only award sparingly and in select circumstances – and this is one of those moments,” Bertrand said.

Presented for just the sixth time since its inception in 2005, Beveridge follows in the footsteps of last year’s recipients Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson who’s courage and mateship when faced with a shark at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa was recognised with the award in 2015.

The ‘Spirit of Sport’ Award acknowledges extraordinary sporting achievements and performances that capture the hearts of the nation. When The Sport Australia Hall of Fame introduced the award it was not intended to be given annually but to be granted, at the Board's discretion, for a performance that is very special and destined to be part of Australian sporting history.


The 32nd Sport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner


Australia’s most prestigious sporting awards ceremony


Thursday 13th October, 2016


From 5:45pm


Palladium at Crown, Melbourne


The largest collective gathering of Australian sporting greats and luminaries


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


For further information please contact 

MEDIA: David Culbert, (03) 9822 7110 or 0417 272 641,

ALL OTHER: Tania Sullivan (03) 9510 2066 or 0413 091 974


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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.