NSW Hall of Champions Induction Ceremony at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre: 17 November 2014
12 Nov 2014
On Monday 17 November from 10.30am, eight outstanding athletes will be inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
The event will see Anne Sargeant OAM (Netball) and Michael Wenden AM MBE (Swimming) formally welcomed as 'Legends' of the NSW Hall of Champions.
An additional six athletes will also be honoured as Hall of Champions 2014 Inductees, including: Adam Gilchrist AM (Cricket), Alison Broadbent (Netball), Daphne Hilton (Paralympic athlete – various sports), Hugh Treharne OAM (Yachting), Philippe Rizzo (Gymnastics) and Troy Sachs OAM (Wheelchair Basketball).
The NSW Hall of Champions is a sport museum and hall of fame which pays tribute to the achievements of NSW athletes counted amongst the nation’s best. Champion sportsmen and women are celebrated on the 'Wall of Fame', along with great sporting moments and some of the most inspired performances.
Located at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, the museum features an impressive display of action photographs highlighting the feats of more than 350 athletes representing 50 different sports.
Each year the peak sporting bodies of NSW are asked to nominate the best sportsmen and women from their discipline for selection. The Hall of Champions Selection Committee short-lists the nominations for approval by the Minister. The NSW Hall of Champions induction is the high point of the museum’s annual calendar.
Legends, Anne Sargeant OAM (Netball) and Michael Wenden AM MBE (Swimming) will attend the NSW Hall of Champions 2014 induction ceremony, in addition to Daphne Hilton (Paralympic athlete – various sports) and Philippe Rizzo (Gymnastics).
To be emceed by Fox Sports presenter, Matt Russell, the official event will also be attended by NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, The Hon. Stuart Ayres, Chairman of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, The Hon. Michael Knight AO, Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO, Alan Marsh and Chairman of the NSW Hall of Champions Selection Committee, Alan Whelpton AO.
For more information about the NSW Hall of Champions, visit: sports-centre.com.au/nsw_hall_of_champions.
PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT AND PRE-EVENT.
NSW Hall of Champions 2014 Induction Ceremony
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, Olympic Boulevard
- Enter via the NSW Hall of Champions, Level 3
When: Monday, 17 November, from 10.30am
Pre-event photo and interview opportunities available on request
Who: ATTENDING: Anne Sargeant OAM (Netball), Michael Wenden AM MBE, Daphne Hilton (Paralympic Athlete) and Philippe Rizzo (Gymnastics). Various officials.
NOT ATTENDING BUT TO BE INDUCTED: Adam Gilchrist AM (Cricket), Alison Broadbent (Netball), Hugh Treharne OAM (Yachting) and Troy Sachs OAM (Wheelchair Basketball).
About the NSW Hall Of Champions:
Established in 1979 at The Rocks in Sydney by then NSW Minister for Sport, the late Ken Booth, the NSW Hall of Champions was moved to its current location in 1984 to the newly-built State Sports Centre, as it was then known.
The sportsmen and women featured in the NSW Hall of Champions date back to 1876, with Australia’s first world champion, sculler Edward Trickett. Household names include Dawn Fraser, Don Bradman, Dally Messenger and Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Historic figures such as Fanny Durack, the first Australian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming, are also represented. Other well-known names include Ian Thorpe, Louise Sauvage, Paul Kelly and Steve Waugh.
The NSW Hall of Champions features an exhibition showcasing fascinating items donated by honourees. Memorabilia showcasing themes as diverse as the early days of rugby league, Olympic Games and Speedway can be seen alongside items from many of the hundreds of featured athletes, covering 50 sports.
An interactive touch-screen provides in-depth information about all NSW Hall of Champions athletes, and the museum is open seven days a week, free of charge to visitors of the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.