Netball Australia yesterday confirmed the Australian Diamonds had been nominated for a prestigious Sport Australia Hall of Fame Award following their Gold Medal triumph at the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.
2016 NSW Swifts teammates Kimberlee Green, Paige Hadley, Caitlin Thwaites and Sharni Layton were part of the 12-man Australian side to be crowned World Champions, along with 2015 teammate and the now-retired Julie Corletto and NSW representatives Kim Ravaillion and Erin Bell.
The Diamonds are among 12 nominations for `The Don’ Award, named after one of Australia’s greatest sports stars Sir Donald Bradman, which recognises the Australian athlete who has most inspired the nation.
The Diamonds claimed Australia’s 11th world title and third in a row with a 58-55 victory over New Zealand in a pulsating final in Sydney last month, emulating the feats of the 1991 team in winning on home soil.
The Diamonds are one of three national teams in contention for the award alongside the Socceroos, who won this year’s AFC Asian Cup and the Australian cricket team that won the World Cup.
The other nominees are cyclist Anna Meares, swimmer Emily Seebohm, paralympian Kurt Fearnley, surfers Sally Fitzgibbon, Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson, iroman Shannon Eckstein and ironwoman Mirinda Carfrae and new world No.1 golfer Jason Day.
The 12 nominations will be shortlisted to four finalists prior to the announcement of the winner on Wednesday, 21 October in Melbourne.
“When you reflect on what Australian sport has achieved on the world stage this year, it’s a fantastic honor for the Diamonds to be among this group of nominees,” Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said.
Sport Australia Hall of Fame chairman John Bertrand agreed that the quality of this year’s nominations is a testament to the nation.
“Australia is renowned the world over for its rich sporting history and current day talent,” Bertrand said.
“As an Australian, I am exceptionally proud of the contributions made by these twelve athletes and teams, and feel privileged as chairman of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame to be able to recognise their achievements in such an esteemed fashion.”
‘The Don’ Award for 2015 will be presented at the 31st Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner – presented by Etihad Airways – on Wednesday, 21st October 2015 at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne.
The Diamonds will be back in action next month when they take on the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the four-Test Constellation Cup series. The first match will be contested on Tuesday 20 October at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, then moving to Vector Arena in Auckland on Thursday 22 October, before the long-time rivals cross the Tasman for two games on Australian soil – Sunday 25 October at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena, before closing the series at Perth Arena on Friday 30 October.