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A Trip Down Memory Lane #MySydney2000
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Over the last six weeks, SAHOF have been working with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), Paralympics Australia and Australian Sports Museum to bring you the #MySydney2000 campaign. During this time, we have been privileged to share with you the lesser-known stories of our Members who competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It has been inspiring to hear from the greats of Australian Olympic and Paralympic history who have shared their stories of overcoming adversity, standing on the podium, the thrill of competing in front of a home crowd and marching in opening and closing ceremonies.

The Sydney Games were dubbed ‘the best Games ever’ and hearing our Members recount their experiences has ensured they will live on in our memories for many years to come.

Re-watch some of Australia’s sporting icons as they relive their #MySydney2000 by clicking the links below.

Priya Cooper OAM
Swimming (Para)

Aussie Team Co-Captain
1 x Individual gold
2 x Relay bronze

Women’s Water Polo
Hear from gold medal winner
Debbie Watson OAM &
Team Medical Officer,
Dr Grace Bryant OAM

Andrew Gaze AM 
Aussie Boomers Captain & Sydney Games Opening Ceremony flag bearer

Team Eventing

Hear from the gold-medal-winning
Team Eventing team
& team vet, Dr Denis Goulding

Louise Sauvage OAM
Wheelchair Racing

3 x Paralympic gold
1 x Paralympic silver
1 x Olympic Demo gold

Troy Sachs OAM
Fifth-placed Aussie Rollers Captain,
competing at his third Paralympic Games

David Hall OAM
Wheelchair Tennis

The first Aussie to win
Wheelchair Tennis gold at
a Paralympic Games

Men’s 1500m Freestyle
Commentator Dennis Cometti AM,
gold medalist Grant Hackett OAM &
silver medalist Kieren Perkins OAM
re-tell their story

Gold medalist Rechelle Hawkes AM
& Team Coach Dr Ric Charlesworth AO

AOC & IPC SAHOF Member Features

Cathy Freeman OAM
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Susie O’Neill AM
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Russell Mark OAM
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Natalie Cook OAM & Kerri Pottharst OAM
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Andrew Gaze AM
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Rechelle Hawkes AM
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Ian Thorpe AM
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Lauren Burns OAM
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Brad McGee OAM
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Leisel Jones OAM
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David Hall OAM & Louise Sauvage OAM
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Victoria University News

Virtual event: Building the future of community sport post COVID-19

As a sporting nation, there is no better example of the positive impact sport involvement and participation can have, than at the community level.

Community sporting clubs provide a critical focal point for people to come together in a safe and inclusive environment to have fun, form strong social bonds, and improve health and wellbeing.

So how do we ensure the community sport ecosystem can pivot, prosper and thrive as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Join a panel of experts for the free online event: Future of Sport: Building New Business Models for Engaged Community Sport – Post COVID-19. The panel will share knowledge and bring thought leadership to this critical area amidst the pandemic.

The discussion will be hosted by Professors Hans Westerbeek and Rochelle Eime on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 11:30am, in a partnership between Victoria University, the Committee for Melbourne, and Maribyrnong and Hume City Councils.

In a piece published in The Herald Sun, Professors Eime and Westerbeek discussed the detrimental outcomes of the absence of community sport during the pandemic.

Register now or find out more about the event.

About the experts

Professor Hans Westerbeek is Head of the Sport Business Insights Group Victoria University, founding Director of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (now Institute for Health & Sport) and now Dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science.

He holds professorial and expert appointments at the Free University of Brussels, the Real Madrid Graduate School, Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China and the Dutch Sports Council in the Netherlands

Professor Rochelle Eime is a Behavioural Epidemiologist with over 15 years of research experience relating to the sport and recreation sectors in both public health and sport management. She is the Director of the Sport and Recreation Spatial program of research which investigates sport and recreation participation, facilities and health for evidence-based decision making.


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