Olympic cap­tain joins state’s great­est in sport

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DUAL Olympian San­dra Pisani has ex­pressed her pas­sion for small sport­ing codes and women in sport af­ter it was con­firmed she is one of five new in­ductees into the KMPG South Aus­tralian Hall of Fame yesterday.

“I’m re­ally pleased be­cause women’s sport and some of the smaller sports de­serve some more cov­er­age and recog­ni­tion,” Pisani said.

Pisani, who cap­tained Aus­tralia to its first women’s hock- ey gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was moved by her recog­ni­tion and will be joinedby another four big SA sport­ing names in a gala event at the Ade­laide En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Novem­ber 25.

Pisani was the cap­tain of the Hock­ey­roos from 1985 to 1987 and was given the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia (OAM) for her ser­vices to the sport of hockey in 1989.

She con­tin­ues to serve as a se­lec­tor and had a hand in the sparkling ca­reer of Juliet Haslam, another SA Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medal­list.

Pisani will be joined in the 2015 SA Hall of Fame:

Nor­man Clax­ton, his name adourns the Aus­tralia’s premier base­ball cham­pi­onship, the Clax­ton Shield., He played base­ball for North Ade­laide and South Aus­tralia. He played 39 first-class cricket matches for South Aus­tralia, won the Bay Sheffield and Bendigo Sprint Gifts plus played in SANFL pre­mier­ships with North Ade­laide in 1900 and 1902

Lorraine Eiler, cap­tained the first na­tional bas­ket­ball team at the world cham­pi­onships in Brazil in 1957 and be­come the first Aus­tralian woman to get US Col­lege schol­ar­ship.

She is a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Bas­ket­ball’s Hall of Fame’s “start­ing five club” and she rep­re­sented the na­tion in net­ball.

Robert New­bery, won the bronze medal in syn­chro­nised div­ing’s de­but at the 2000 Syd­ney Olympics in the spring­board. His bronze medal was the first in div­ing for Aus­tra- lian men since Paris in 1924. New­bery won bronze medals in in the syn­chro­nised spring­board and the syn­chro­nised plat­form at the Athens Olympics to be­came Aus­tralia’s most-dec­o­rated male diver.

Karen Rolton, who is one of Aus­tralia’s most dec­o­rated crick­eters and is a prime can­di­date to be recog­nised at the re­built Ade­laide Oval.

She was the inau­gu­ral in­ter­na­tional player of the year in 2006 and Aus­tralia’s Women’s Crick­eter of the Year four times.

Pic­ture: CALUM ROBERT­SON

GOLDEN GIRLS: South Aus­tralian hockey stars and SA Hall of Fame mem­ber­sJuliet Haslam and Sandy Pisani.

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