Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Prashanth Sellathurai is among six new inductees to the NSW Hall of Champions.
One of Australia’s most decorated gymnasts, Sellathurai won gold in the men’s team final event and pommel horse, as well as bronze on the parallel bars, at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
He also claimed silver in the both the men’s team final and pommel horse events at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, as well as three World Championships medals on pommel horse, two of them bronze and one silver, during his career.
Inducted alongside Sellathurai are Brad Dalton (basketball), Craig Johnston (football), Phil Kearns AM (rugby union), Joanne ‘Joey’ Peters (football) and Liesl Tesch AM (wheelchair basketball and para-sailing), joining an illustrious alumnus of 388 sporting greats from 59 sports, with the inductees to be recognised at the NSW Champions of Sport ceremony in November.
NSW Sport Hall of Champions Committee Chair, Alan Whelpton AO, said the accomplishments of the six inductees during their distinguished careers earned them worthy selection.
“The six inductees are recognised for their outstanding sports careers which saw them reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport,” Whelpton said.
“They represented their country, state, sport, and themselves with distinction and inspired a new generation of athletes to follow in their footsteps.”
Sport NSW Chairperson, Carolyn Campbell, said the inductees reflected the inclusive nature of sport.
“Sport has the great ability to bring together male and female players of all abilities, shapes, sizes and ethnic backgrounds and provide the opportunity to enjoy organised competitions and the ability to excel and reach the highest levels,” Campbell said.
“These six new inductees to the NSW Hall of Champions have shown the way and we honour their selection,” she added.
Hall of Champion inductees are approved by the Minister for Sport following recommendations from the Hall of Champions Selection Committee and NSW peak sporting bodies.
The NSW Hall of Champions inductees will be recognised at the rebel NSW Champions of Sport ceremony at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour on Monday, November 28.
Congratulations to all inductees on their selection.