UOW Ambassador inducted into Hall of Fame
Former Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist, who has been Ambassador for the University of Wollongong since 2008, has been inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame at a glittering ceremony held in Melbourne.
Gilchrist has been recognised for a stellar cricket career that spanned almost 16 years. Induction to The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is reserved for the top echelon of Australian athletes who have all achieved excellence at the highest level of their sport.
When Adam Gilchrist retired from international cricket early in 2008, he was widely regarded as the finest wicket-keeper batsman to have every played the game.
An aggressive left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper, Gilchrist re-defined the role for the Australian national team.
In 2004-05, Gilchrist was voted as the "World's Scariest Batsman" in a poll of international bowlers. He was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2003.
He holds the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket keeper in One Day International cricket and the most by an Australian in Test cricket. His strike rate is among the highest in the history of both One-day and Test cricket and he currently holds the record for the second fastest century in Test match cricket. He is also the only player to have hit 100 sixes in Test cricket.
As Ambassador for UOW, Gilchrist has been playing an active role in helping to attract potential organisations to partner with the University – particularly for the developing Innovation Campus.
He also pads up for the UOW Stumping Serious Diseases cricket event which sees the University and community come together to support the important work of the University’s health and medical researchers.
This year’s event, now in its fourth year, is to be held on Sunday 18 November. It is UOW’s flagship fundraising event.
It will feature two Twenty20 cricket matches. Gilchrist will lead the highly competitive international all-star match.