NSW netball legend and former Australian representative Alison Broadbent (nee Williams) was yesterday inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions, recognising her amazing contribution to the sport of netball.
The NSW Hall of Champions is the home of a unique memorial and museum honouring more than 300 of the State’s finest athletes across 50 sports.
The 39-year-old was one of six NSW athletes honoured during the induction ceremony held yesterday, Monday 17 November, at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre where the Hall of Champions is displayed.
The ceremony also commemorated a milestone for the NSW Hall of Champions, which celebrated its 30th anniversary of recognising some of the country’s most accomplished and respected athletes.
Alison joins other netball legends such as Nicole Cusack, Keeley Devery OAM, Liz Ellis AM, Therese Kennedy, Sue Kenny OAM, Carissa Tombs OAM, Catriona Wagg OAM and Anne Sargeant OAM, who also honoured at yesterday’s induction ceremony.
After being inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions in 1980, Anne was yesterday elevated to Legendary Status becoming the first netballer to be named in the Hall of Legends.
NSW Minister of Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres was present during the ceremony, which saw Adam Gilchrist AM (cricket), Alison Broadbent (netball), Daphne Hilton (Para-Athlete), Hugh Treharne OAM (yachting), Phillipe Rizzo (gymnastics) and Troy Sachs OAM (wheelchair basketball) inducted.
“Today, I am honoured to induct these six accomplished athletes, who have excelled at the highest levels of their chosen sport, into the NSW Hall of Champions,” Minister Ayres said.
“Their induction is a public recording and celebration of their representation of our great state, furthermore our country, their contributions to sport and importantly their achievements.”
Further to the six inductees of the Hall of Champions, Anne Sargeant OAM (netball) was inducted into the NSW Hall of Legends alongside Michael Wenden AM MBE (swimming).
“The Hall of Legends allows us to recognise those champions of sport, who have come to represent the greatest of the great in their sports field,” Minister Ayres said.
“All of these athletes’ names will now line the walls of the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre to mark their outstanding accomplishments and to inspire future generations.
“This is an appropriate way in which we can show respect to the dedication, courage and triumphs of these remarkable athletes.”
The NSW Hall of Champions consists of a ‘Wall of Fame’ displaying photographs from over 350 athletes depicting many memorable moments. A museum with a nationally significant collection of over 2,000 sporting artefacts forms part of the Hall of Champions.
“Each year the Sports Centre welcomes over 300,000 visitors who can walk through this corridor of sports memories and milestones,” Minister Ayres said.
“They can take a moment to see and learn about what these greats have achieved, and in turn dream big for their own sports ambitions.”
For those who have attended a NSW Swifts game at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre you may have seen the memorial along the wall near the front door. The NSW Hall of Champions is open daily from 9am to 5pm and is free to public, so make sure when you’re next at the Centre you check it out.
Netball NSW would like to congratulate both Alison and Anne for this esteemed honour.