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11th Dec 2019

SAHOF Summer News & Merry Christmas

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'Spirit of Sport' Mag Out Now!

The official magazine of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, 'Spirit of Sport', Summer Edition is now available.

A note from Chair John Bertrand AO, interviews with the 41st Legend of Australian sport Louise Sauvage OAM and 2019 'The Don' Winner Ash Barty, all the action from the 2019 Induction & Awards Gala Dinner and much more!

Click the below links to view the mag:

Interactive Version

Download and Print


December SAHOF Magazine


SAHOF Staff Update

After an outstanding eight-years our CEO Tania Sullivan will depart SAHOF at the end of January 2020. Chair John Bertrand AO said that Tania displayed a level of unprecedented commitment and her expertise, energy and focus was key to SAHOF's recent growth and success. SAHOF has achieved major organisational reform and significant achievements under her leadership and John extended his thanks to Tania on behalf of all stakeholders for her immense contribution.

Adrianne Sarkozy has been selected to succeed Tania in 2020 and is already working alongside the team to ensure a seamless transition. Adrianne is a highly experienced and successful sports mangement professional. Her most recent role was as MRC Foundation Manager at the Melbourne Racing Club and John said that her unique skillset is a natural fit to take on the CEO role.

We wish Tania all the best for her next endeavours and welcome Adrianne to SAHOF.

Picture L-R Adrianne Sarkozy, Tania Sullivan



Save the Dates

2020 Induction & Awards Gala Dinner

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Venue: Palladium at Crown Melbourne

Bookings open July 2020

Details and booking information on SAHOF Website

p: 03 9510 2066    e:


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2020 Chairs' Round Table for Sport

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020

Venue: River Room at Crown Melbourne

Personal invitations will be extended to sport Chairs and CEOs in July 2020

View 2019 Chairs' Round Table


2019 Gala Dinner


2019 Gala Dinner Gallery & Videos

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner celebrated its 35th edition on Thursday, October 11, 2019 at Palladium at Crown Melbourne.

Relive all of the action by clicking on the below links:

Photo Albums

Full Album

Inductee Plaque & Pin Presentation

Red Carpet & Guests Arrival

Members' VIP Reception

Gala Dinner Room & Guests

Members Parade, National Anthem & Vale

2020 Scholarship & Mentoring Program

2019 Inductees

2019 Spirit of Sport Award: Team Winx

2019 'The Don'

2019 Legend of Australian Sport: Louise Sauvage


Vision Packages

Highlights Reel

Members Parade

41st Legend of Australian Sport Louise Sauvage Presentation

2019 'The Don' Winner Ash Barty Presentation

Spirit of Sport Award: Team Winx Presentation

All Stage Presentation Packages
Includes: Inductees, Scholarship & Mentoring Program, Formal Welcomes


2019 Gala Dinner


SAHOF Wins International Sport Heritage Award

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Spirit of Sport Magazine won the International Sports Heritage Association's prestigious ISHY Award for the second consecutive year (non-book category).

The Awards honour excellence in publications by Sport Hall of Fames and Museums worldwide.

The 2019 ISHY Awards were presented during the Evening of Champions Gala dinner at the ISHA's 49th annual conference hosted by the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

SAHOF joined other winners including Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, Patriots Hall of Fame, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, World Golf Hall of Fame, International Tennis Hall of Fame, BC Sports Hall of Fame & the World of Little League Museum.



Office News

On behalf of the board, Members and staff at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, we send our warmest wishes for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and we thank you for your continued support.

Please note the SAHOF office will be closed from Wednesday, December 18, 2019 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.



2019 Dual World Champion * * Jaryd Clifford

2019 Scholarship Holder Jaryd Clifford recently finished at the Dubai World Para Championships as a Dual World Champion!

Clifford took home gold in both the T12-T13 1500m (3:47.78, a new PB & official world record) & the T13 5000m (14:40.40 and the new Oceania Record Holder) - guided by Tim Logan & Philo Saunders.

Hear from Jaryd, Philo and Tim after taking Gold in the T13 5000m.

SAHOF Mentor Lauren Burns OAM


Picture Jaryd Clifford's Instagram


Jaryd Clifford


Ben Tudhope claims second in Maiden 2019-2020 Para World Cup!

2018 Scholarship Holder Ben Tudhope has added yet another accolade to his 2019 achievements, taking out second place in the first Para World Cup in the northern winter in the Netherlands!

Ben was then named the 2019 Young Athlete of the Year with a Disability at the Sport NSW Awards the following week.

Huge congratulations to Ben!

SAHOF Mentor Nick-Farr Jones AM

Read more

Picture Ben Tudhope's Instagram
(L-R: Ben Tudhope, Matti Suur-Hamari, Zach Miller)


Ben Tudhope


Sportscover | Touchline

Produced in-house, Touchline Magazine is an essential read for sporting communities across the globe – featuring relevant articles and extensive coverage of current sports and leisure news as well as risk management information.

Touchline was first published in September 2008 as a sophisticated newsletter that was sent to SPORTSCOVER brokers and sports organisations in Australia and elsewhere. It is now 33 issues old and has developed into a major source of news and information on sport and risk management with regular interviews with top CEOs and coaches, feature articles and legal and risk management articles all with particular relevance to sport and leisure. It is sent by email to over 3,500 recipients and printed for distribution at selected conferences.

The next issue is due in November.




Victoria University | Running for our lives

New research from the Institute for Health & Sport at Victoria University reveals that running for as little as 50 minutes a week can significantly lower the risk of death.

In the study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Associate Professor Zeljko Pedisic and his team systematically reviewed scientific literature and found 14 studies on the association between running participation and risk of death. The studies involved 232,149 people whose health had been tracked for between 5.5 and 35 years.

When the researchers combined the results of included studies, they discovered that compared to people who did not run at all, those who ran had:

  • 27% lower risk of death from all causes
  • 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • 23% lower risk of death from cancer

Such benefits were found even for those running as little as once a week or less than 50 minutes a week. Researchers found no evidence that the benefits increase with higher amounts of running.

“This is good news for those who don’t have much time on their hands for exercise, but it shouldn’t discourage those who enjoy running longer and more often.” says Associate Professor Pedisic.



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