‘Spirit of Sport’ Mag Out Now!
The official magazine of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, ‘Spirit of Sport’, Summer Edition is now available to view.
A note from Chairman John Bertrand AO, all the action from the 2017 Induction & Awards Gala Dinner and much more!
Vale Ken Catchpole OAM
21/06/1939 – 21/12/2017
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) mourned the passing of our esteemed Member Ken Catchpole OAM who passed away on December 21st after a long battle with illness, aged 78.
Ken was among the youngest Wallabies skippers, taking up the role on his Test debut at just 21 years old. He then captained a further 13 Tests for Australia with a total of 27 Test games played for the Wallabies. Ken’s playing career was ended at just 28 when he sustained a severe hamstring injury in a tackle against the All Blacks.
Catchpole is immortalised with a statue outside Allianz Stadium, while the Shute Shield’s most valuable player honours his name. A fitting honour for one of rugby union’s greatest ever scrumhalves and Wallabies legend.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Chairman John Bertrand AO paid tribute to Catchpole “Ken rose through the Rugby Union community; not only as a player, but as a role model and continuous contributor to the sport. He was one of the greatest who will not be forgotten.”
The Board, Members and Staff of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame extend our deepest sympathies to Ken’s family and the Rugby Union community.