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Sporting excellence celebrated in new Hall of Fame
Sporting fever has hit UOW, with the UOW Sporting Hall of Fame launched today (Wednesday 6 July).
The UOW Sporting Hall of Fame was officially opened by UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, CBE, and features a wide range of sporting memorabilia from UOW students past and present.
Executive Director of the UOW Recreation and Aquatic Centre, Paul Manning, said the new display celebrates excellence in sport, participation and connections to the community through sport.
“UOW enjoys a proud history of sporting excellence and we hope to celebrate, inspire, and educate through the many inspiring stories of students excelling in the sporting arena,” Mr Manning said.
“More than 200,000 people will travel through this space annually and we hope this new display will encourage our visitors to go further, faster and higher.”
Highlights of the display items include a 1988 bobsled race suit and Winter Olympic uniform from Australia’s first ever bobsled team, a signed hockey stick from Rio-bound athlete Tristan White, medals from the 2003 World University Games and a number of cricket bats and trophies. The display will be updated periodically with photos, uniforms and various sporting artifacts.
The 2015 UOW Sporting Excellence Awards were presented at the opening, celebrating Club of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year and UOW Sporting Blues.