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Sport and Service celebrated at Hall of Champions

26 Oct 2018

A history of service among our elite sports men and women is being celebrated at Sydney Olympic Park, where the Hall of Champions is hosting a special exhibition highlighting athletes who have served their country during war and in peacetime.

The Hall of Champions, located in the Quaycentre at Sydney Olympic Park, is a sport museum and hall of fame which pays tribute to New South Wales’s greatest athletes and sporting successes. The honour roll currently includes 367 sportsmen and women representing 55 sports.

The Sport and Service Exhibition features 40 of those athletes who served in the armed forces, including cricket immortal, Sir Donald Bradman, Australia’s greatest all-round athlete, Reginald ‘Snowy’ Baker, and swimming champion, Cecil Healy, who was killed in action during World War One and is the only Australian Olympic gold medallist to die on the battlefield.

“With Sydney proudly playing host to the Invictus Games and many of the events taking place at Sydney Olympic Park, this is a chance to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of some of our champion athletes as we celebrate the resilience of wounded, ill and injured veterans and active service personnel from around the world,” CEO of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Charles Moore said.

“This is a unique exhibition which sheds light on an important part of the lives of some of our state’s most loved sporting champions, whose dedication and contribution to the community extended well beyond the field of play.”

The Exhibition is now open and will be on display at the Hall of Champions until December 2018.

Visit the Hall of Champions website for further details about the Sport and Service Exhibition, including information about the athletes featured.