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17/01/1973 -

Liz Ellis AO was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009 as an Athlete Member for her contribution to the sport of netball.

Ellis retired from top-level netball in 2007 immediately after leading Australia to a world Championship victory over new Zealand.

It was a fitting ending for a playing career that included four World Championship victories and two journeys onto the dais to receive Commonwealth Games gold medals. She had captained Australia since 2004 and only an untimely knee injury prevented her being part of the side which at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games took home the silver.

After a knee reconstruction she fought back, at the age of 33, to play a key role in Australia’s 2007 World Championship victory.

Her contribution to the game at a domestic level was equally great. She was named Australian netball’s Most Valued Player in 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2006 and led her Sydney Swifts side to premierships in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

She has also payed a significant role in developing a new generation of talent through the Liz Ellis Netball Clinics which she founded in 1997.

A talented junior netballer, Lis Ellis was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport when she completed High School in NSW, but while honing her netball skills she also completed a law degree and was admitted to the NSW bar in 1998.

She became a member of the Australian Under-21 team in 1992 and the following year was selected in the senior side. She remained a regular member of the Australian team for the next 15 years becoming in the process the most capped player in Australian netball history.

Honours & Awards

Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009
Made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018


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