SAHOF Breaking News

5th Sep 2018

Vale Dennis Green OAM BEM - Esteemed Member of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Above: Dennis front and centre at the 2016 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Gala Dinner with his fellow Hall of Fame Members. Left to right: Trevor Hendy, Sue Stanley, Natalie Cook, Alan Whelpton, Layne Beachley, Kerri Pottharst, Debbie Watson, Glenn Thurlow, Brett Wing, Louise Sauvage, Dennis Green


The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) is mourning the passing of our esteemed Member, Dennis Green OAM BEM who passed away at his home in Sydney early this morning (5/09/2018) aged 87.

Green was inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986.

An Olympic bronze medallist, Green is not only one of the greatest surf-ski paddlers of all time but he was the first of a select band of athletes who can claim the honour of representing their country at five Olympic Games; 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo, 1968 Mexico City, and 1972 Munich, the first Australian athlete to compete at five Olympics. He was the Australian flag bearer in Munich.

SAHOF Chairman John Bertrand AO said; "When they coined the phrase "Ironman" in surf life saving they probably had Dennis Green in mind. Not only a remarkable and historic Olympic record he accrued an astonishing 64 Australian Championships between 1955 - 1974.

Dennis was a very proud Member of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame and he will be missed by his fellow Members and generations of Australians whom were no doubt inspired by his incredible achievements."

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame extends its deepest sympathies to Shirley and his family.

A memorial service is planned to take place later this month with details to be communicated once available via Paddle Australia's Website.


Dennis Green OAM BEM | Athlete Member (Canoe/Kayak, Surf Life Saving) | The Sport Australia Hall of Fame

31/05/1931 - 5/09/2018

After retiring, Dennis continued to compete in Masters events, winning a total of 57 World Masters gold medals to date and has competed in all Australian Masters Games winning 75 gold medals. Green also won 22 Australian Masters Surf Ski Championships and 10 World Masters surf ski championships. In 2005, Green was awarded life membership of Surf Life Saving Australia.

Read Dennis Green's full biography here: The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Dennis Green OAM BEM Bi

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