Olympic captain joins state’s greatest in sport
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.
GOLDEN GIRLS: South Australian hockey stars and SA Hall of Fame membersJuliet Haslam and Sandy Pisani.