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Sport in SA celebrated with sporting dignitaries and friends, applauding a great year at the 2017 South Australian Sport Awards and acclaiming our stars, heroes and champions at the Home of South Australian Sport.

Sport was on the stage for all South Australians to enjoy as we celebrated the eighth year of the South Australian Sport Awards on Friday 24th November at the Adelaide Oval. The South Australian Sport Awards showcased all of sport, with The South Australian Sport Hall of Fame, our current stars in The Advertiser Channel 7 Sports Star of the Year Awards and the Sport SA Awards. The Gala Event hosted by Mark Soderstrom and Jessica Adamson from Channel 7was an exciting, entertaining event for the 487 attendees.

In 2017, the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame honour roll now has 62 members with Clarrie Grimmett (Cricket), Brett Aitken OAM (Cycling), Natalie von Bertouch (Netball), Katrina Webb OAM (Paralympic Athletics), Chris Dittmar (Squash) and Phil Rogers (Swimming) joining this illustrious group. 

A highlight was a tribute to SA Sport Hall of Fame Legend, Gillian Rolton OAM, who recently passed away. Bruce McAvaney OAM presented a moving story of Gill and then the silent, emotional audience was captured by the images of her sporting wins and extraordinary courage in adversity.

2017 stars include The Advertiser Channel 7 Sports Star of the Year sponsored by Sports Centre; Jessica Trengove (Athletics) who has enjoyed a great year in marathon running. Team of the Year Adelaide Crows AFLW winning the inaugural AFL Women’s competition; and the People’s Choice, Scott Thulborn (Bowls) who has won national and international events.  West Beach Community Branch, Bendigo Bank Elite Athlete with a Disability of the Year is Long Jumper Brayden Davidson and Tanya Denver Award for Endeavour and Sportsmanship is Sam Willoughby (BMX) and Junior Sports Star of the Year, Alexandra (Alex) Haydon ( Squash)

The team behind our athletes with the Gallagher Administrator of the Year Clare Harris (Surf Lifesaving SA); Coach of the Year Bec Goddard (Aust. Rules Football);  Sunday Mail City Bay Fun Run Inc. Volunteer Award  Graeme Gilbert ( Netball) ; Club One Official of the Year Simon Fry (Cricket );  Statewide Super Country Athlete of the Year; Simon Hockey (Croquet) Terry Howe Printing Major Event of the Year;  ISPS Handa Women's Australian Golf Open and the Terry Howe Printing Community Event of the Year; Sellicks Beach Historic Motorcycle Races showed our success across sport.

Our school sport champions, the Richard Newman Primary School Sports Award –the Department for Education & Child Development; Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz, Glenelg Primary School (Tennis)  and the Secondary School Sports Award – Sponsored by Messenger Community News Limited, Alexandra Chidiac, Open Access College, Football (Soccer) were also recognised.

The Margaret Ralston ‘Golden Door’ AM Award was presented for the third time to Wendy Ey BEM (dec.) who opened doors for women in sport with her extraordinary achievements, as an athlete, coach, sports administrator, teacher, academic, feminist and author.

Jan Sutherland, Sport SA CEO, said,

“We are delighted to celebrate sport’s achievements and the people who underpin these, from on the fields, courts and pool, in the offices, training venues and schools with you. These stories of sport inspire and motivate. Thank you to our partners, members and friends for your support and ensuring that the sport is prominent in the South Australian community”.

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Here is the link for the guests to view the photos from the South Australian Sport Awards 2017

Simply click on the below link and it will take you straight to the page.

The Access Code is: SPORTSSA17   (case sensitive)

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The South Australian Sport Awards were proudly presented by The Advertiser and Channel 7.

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The South Australian Sports Museum will be the state’s most comprehensive sports cultural institution, housing significant sports collections from a diverse range of sports. We will make the State’s historical sports heritage accessible to all through exhibitions and public programs. The creation of the South Australian Sports Museum will acknowledge the achievements of our sporting greats and bring their feats to life and inspire all South Australians.

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In 2017 Sport SA is bringing to life our mission to provide all South Australians with a Sports museum centred on educating and inspiring future generations through sport. We ask you to join us in bringing this ambitious project to fruition by generously supporting our new South Australian Sports Museum on North Terrace Adelaide by making a financial contribution.The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) works with sports from all over Australia to help raise money, this partnership means that donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. If everyone who played sport in SA donated $1 we would easily reach our target of $250 000 to complete stage one of the Museum!

Further details of the Museum are available here

Registrations are NOW OPEN!

4 Days, 23 Sports, 30 venues 2,000 Participants & Spectators
Registrations are now open so get in early to confirm your place today!
Join fellow competitors, spectators and the local community, for a fantastic evening of fun and games as we close off the main street to celebrate the official opening on Friday 20 April 2018!
The heart of Murray Bridge will come alive for the Opening Parade and the running of the Masters Mile. Stalls showcasing local produce and regional wine will line the streets. Have a go at 3x3 Basketball, enjoy live entertainment and enjoy a taste of what we have to offer!
If you are travelling to Murray Bridge for the games don’t forget to book your accommodation now as places are filling fast.
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Education and Sport Opportunities for Student Athletes

Sport SA and Athletes Dream Pty Ltd have signed a strategic alliance to activate and promote the importance of Athlete Career Development. Through this alliance, qualifying student athletes will receive opportunities to combine Education and Sport, particularly in North America. College scholarships in North America are sought after, hard to acquire alone and will change your life.
A sustainable lifestyle post sporting career is a key objective for any athlete. Without higher education too many athletes are experiencing a narrow pathway of opportunity in securing an enjoyable working future. Obtaining higher education is paramount in improving the skill set of an athlete, which provides long term returns of social and economic benefit to the communities that once supported the athlete. READ MORE....


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