Former NSW Swifts Vice Captain and Australian Diamond Selina Gilsenan was earlier this week unveiled as one of five athletes inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions.
A long-time NSW representative, Gilsenan joins the likes of her Sydney Swifts teammates and good friends Liz Ellis AM and Alison Broadbent as part of the 350-plus athletes inducted into the Hall of Champions since 1979.
NetballNSWTV was at the ceremony to hear in Gilsenan’s own words her reaction to the news.
“It’s an amazing honour and quite surreal actually,” Gilsenan said. “When I got the letter [advising me of my induction] initially I just put it on the fridge thinking it can’t be real.”
“Netball is something I did because I wanted to play a team sport… I enjoyed it, I loved the girls that I played with, and over the time – year after year – I seemed to make it into different teams and before I knew it I was playing for the Swifts.
“Once again I look back and I don’t think I appreciated [my career] when I was younger as much as I do now,” Gilsenan concluded.
Here more from Selina Gilsenan on NetballNSWTV below:
Gilsenan was joined by William Keith Barnes AM (Rugby League), Fiona Crawford (Softball), Stephen Wooldridge OAM (Cycling), and Annie La Fleur (Basketball) as this year’s honoured inductees, as well as the elevation of cricket legend Arthur Morris MBE to the Hall of Legends.
NSW Minister for Sport Hon. Stuart Ayres MP was present during the ceremony, saying the induction into the Hall of Champions is a prestigious honour.
“This recognition highlights the contribution an athlete had made to their chosen sport and the dedication they have shown in rising to the pinnacle of their sporting profession,” Mr Ayres said.
“Each of this year’s inductees has set a benchmark for success within their chosen sport, and today’s ceremony is welcome recognition of the hard work and sacrifices they have made to achieve their dreams.”
As the birthplace of modern Australia, New South Wales has provided the nation with many ‘firsts’, and laid the foundations for our great sporting traditions.
Established in 1979 to pay tribute to great athletes from NSW, the Hall of Champions is a sporting hall of fame and museum which has many of Australia’s greatest names on its honour roll – names such as Dawn Fraser, Don Bradman, Dally Messenger and Evonne Goolagong – sportsmen and women who have been elevated to the realm of national heroes.
From the first honouree – 1876 sculler Edward Trickett, to pioneering figures such as Fanny Durack, Australia’s first female Olympic swimming gold medallist – new inductees are added every year.
Gilsenan’s image will be hung proudly in the ‘Wall of Fame’ amongst photographs of over 346 athletes covering 51 different sports, depicting the memorable moments and moving performances which have inspired us and filled us with wonder. A touch screen interactive has also been introduced this year, which provides more information on each athlete.
Netball NSW would like to send its heartfelt congratulations to Selina Gilsenan on this wonderful recognition.
NSW Hall of Champions – Netball Honour Roll
Keeley Devery OAM
Liz Ellis AM
Sue Kenny OAM
Anne Sargeant OAM*
Carissa Tombs OAM
Catriona Wagg OAM
*Anne Sargeant is the only netballer to be elevated into the prestigious Hall of Legends.