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Please note that the following is drafted from copies of notes compiled in random order and sent to others to verify facts and seeking comment on the material as drafted. This process has now been completed and the following is offered in chronological order. Verification in a small number of areas such as specific dates if required is needed and additional information is needed in places to fill in blank spaces in the text.

Garry Jeffery Daly has compiled them on behalf of himself and his wife, Karen Margaret Daly individually and as Directors of Performance Sport Pty. Ltd. The notes forming the basis of this history have been reviewed and endorsed by Wayne V. Reid, Leslie J Martyn, Dawn Fraser, James E. Barry and Gregory S. Chappell and readers are free to contact any or all of them to verify this.


The genesis for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame came during the tenure of Wayne Reid and Garry Daly as President and Executive Director of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia respectively.

Early 1976

Daly received correspondence from the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, USA and a medal relating to the late Sir Norman Brookes for onward movement to his family. Because of this prompt and Daly’s fascination with all sporting history and being an avid collector of sporting magazines from an early age (e.g. Sporting Life, Sports Novels etc.), he put the suggestion to Reid that Tennis should develop a similar facility in Australia. However, Reid was, by then considering whether to step down as President of the L.T.A.A. and to form International Sports Management Pty Ltd (ISM) to act as agent in Australia for the International Management Group (IMG), the Mark McCormack-initiated US based sports management group.

He had also decided to offer Daly a position in the proposed firm, which Daly eventually accepted. Among conditions that Daly sought and Reid accepted, was for the new company to pursue development of a national sporting Hall of Fame as a priority project. Daly’s arrangement with Reid became effective in April 1978.

Reid, as Managing Director of ISM financed the registration of the Hall of Fame around Australia on the advice of Mr Roger Gilchrist of the accounting firm Ernst & Whinney. ISM had sister organisations in Queensland (Directors Barry Maranta & Greg Chappell) and Western Australia (Directors Leon Larkin and John Osborne) and a branch office in Sydney (managed by the late Bruce Francis).

In November 1976, while both were still at the L.T.A.A., the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) had been formed with Reid as its inaugural President and Daly, who proposed the motion to form it, as its founding Honorary Secretary. Reid continued in his position until succeeded by Mr Leslie J. Martyn M.B.E. in 1983.

The thread of the CAS/Hall of Fame relationship remained unbroken, as Martyn was Chairman of the CAS Development Committee (of which J.E. (Jim) Barry and Mrs Robyn Chaplin served as members from time to time) when Reid and Daly had proposed the association in 1978. Les Martyn was later inducted as an Associate Member the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and became Treasurer of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Club and Jim Barry is the current AOC delegate to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

(Note- The following are biographical summaries of the people associated with the development of this history:

Leslie J. Martyn is a highly experienced and respected sports administrator who at times also held, inter alia, the positions of President of the Confederation of Australian Sport (1983-87), Australian Commonwealth Games Association, Vice-President of the International Weightlifting Federation, President of the Australian Weightlifting Association, Chairman of the Australian Coaching Council and Chairman of the World Masters Games Association. He is a Fellow of the Confederation of Australian Sport and a General Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

James E. Barry held the positions, inter alia, of President of the Australian Gymnastics Federation, Vice President of the International Gymnastics Federation, Chairman of the Federal Government Sports Advisory Council, a founding director and later President of the Confederation of Australian Sport (1987-89), an executive Member of the Australian Olympic Committee. He was also a Director of International Sports Management Pty Ltd (ISM) and is a Fellow of the Confederation of Australian Sport and the current president of the Victorian Olympic Council.

Dawn Fraser was inducted as the No.1 Female Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, was President of the Australian Sports Hall of Fame Club, President of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Selection Committee, is a four time Olympic Gold Medallist. She has received the highest honours and accolades available to any woman in sport. She was a founding member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Selection Committee and succeeded Sir Hubert Opperman as its Chairman.

Greg Chappell is a Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, a former Australian cricket captain and Director of ISM (Qld). Pty Ltd, .He is a successful businessman and currently a cricket commentator with ABC Radio.

Wayne Vivian Reid was, inter alia, President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, founding President of the Confederation of Australian Sport (1976-1982), the Asia Pacific and Oceania Sports Assembly (1980 – 1989) the International Assembly of National Organisations of Sport and Chairman of International Sports Management Pty Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Confederation of Australian Sport and a General Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame,and was elevated to Honorary Life Member of the International Assembly of National Organisaions of Sport in 2004. .

Garry Jeffery Daly was Executive Director of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (1975-1978), founding Secretary and later Executive Director of the Confederation of Australian Sport (1976-89), founding Secretary-General and Treasurer Asia Pacific and Oceania Sports Assembly (1980 – 2009)current), Founding Secretary and Executive Director Australian Sports Hall of Fame Club, President of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Trust, Secretary-General (and Honorary Life Member), International Assembly of National Organisations of Sport (1983-1989), Honorary Life Member of the Asia Pacific and Oceania Sports Assembly and is a Fellow of the Confederation of Australian Sport and a General Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.


Both Reid and Daly applied themselves to the development of a Hall of Fame programme. Reid by contacting the State Ministers for Sport (??????? , Queensland; Ken Booth, NSW; Brian Dixon, Victoria; Tom Casey, South Australia; Harry Holgate, Tasmania; ???????? Western Australia) seeking their ideas for the location of a Sporting Hall of Fame in their State and the Federal Minister, Kevin Newman seeking his views on funding of a national facility.

In fact, Reid was so successful that he prompted Booth to quickly move forward on the establishment of a state program in NSW based at Homebush and shortly thereafter at premises in Gloucester Street, Sydney and which he initially announced as the NSW Sports Hall of Fame. After Reid challenged the Minister on the use of the name, Booth changed it to the NSW Hall of Champions.

While at ISM, Daly commenced the research program to identify potential entrants to the Hall of Fame when formed. His effort was so effective that, of the first 609 Australian sportspeople nominated for consideration, Daly had submitted 441 completed nominations Of the 120 elected, not one was not on his list. This was fortuitous as many had not been nominated by others and may have otherwise been overlooked for the first draft.

Daly, in his role as its Executive Director, then submitted a proposal to C.A.S. for it to establish and control a sport-based national sports award program.

Based on the experience gained on a fact-finding tour of North America, Europe (including Scandinavia) and Asia, which had been funded partly by the C.A.S (to attend a Congress of the Sports Federation of Canada in Regina also attended by Reid, Martyn and Barry), partly by Reid through I.S.M. and partly by the provision of free travel to Daly by his friend, Mr Hugh McDonald, then the sports manager for the airline, CP Air, plus some of his own money, Daly put forward a proposal to the Confederation for the methodology of nominating and researching candidates and then having the winners selected by their peers along the lines of the North American motion pictures system - the Academy Awards.

The proposal was complete down to the sponsorship structure and the television coverage for which Reid and he had received in principle agreement from the General Manager of HSV7, the late, and greatly admired, Mr Ron Casey, who was a close and dear friend to both men.

Independently Daly had previously developed a plan for the creation of a national Hall of Fame based on a system that exclusively relied on peer recognition. This program was unique in the world of sport, as there was no involvement at any level of anyone not directly associated with Australian sport. (This has been varied in the past seven years or so with the inclusion of non-sporting personnel on the Board of Directors).

{Note: The hallmark of the original Hall of Fame program was that it only recognised elitism and then only at the highest level. For example, winning of an Olympic Gold Medal was a qualifying performance for selection to the Hall of Fame, although not an absolute guarantee, but winning of a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal was not highly regarded unless supported by other outstanding performances such as world records, world championship victories etc.

Additionally, it was only Olympic Gold Medals that had such high rating; Olympic Silver or Bronze Medals did not carry great weight in themselves). Personal popularity, media exposure, personal charisma, attractiveness, high earnings, affinity with other sportspeople or a number of less than absolutely elite performances were either disregarded or not highly regarded as qualifying factors.

The basis for this thinking was that world champions should be recognised by Halls of Fame at the national level, Commonwealth Games and Australian Champions by State-based Halls and State champions recognised by Halls at the regional/ local level. (Comment: The guidelines for induction were varied after 1996 and consequently qualifying standards are now lower than originally set).

A further requirement was that the elite performances had to be achieved in competition. A person sailing single-handedly around the world, climbing a high mountain or being the first or most frequent swimmer of a well-known stretch of water were regarded as personal achievements lacking the essential element of competition. This requirement seems to have been overlooked and induction to the Hall when provided on the basis of individual and non-competitive achievement}.

The creation of these two proposals brought about two of the most significant steps in the recognition of Australia’s sportspeople and the research and recording of the exact details of the sporting careers.

Firstly, the C.A.S. decided without reservation to establish the national Awards program and adopted the title for the project nominated by Daly - the Sport Australia Awards - a title that was inspired by the Canadian model e.g. Sport Canada. (This program, now named the Australian Sports Awards, has been so successful that it has continued for 22 years and overcome the opposition of the ABC Sports Awards which themselves had survived for over 40 years).

The second development came about in May 1979 when Reid and Daly considered their ownership and operation of the Hall of Fame may be seen as a conflict of interest for them in view of the positions they now held in the Confederation.

Accordingly they invited C.A.S. to endorse their now finalised and ready to run Sport Australia Hall of Fame program conditional upon the program always remaining their intellectual property and they would always be its managers and promoters. This was agreed and the invitation accepted.
{Note: This position remained unchanged throughout the history off the Hall of Fame until 1993 when Daly assigned the intellectual property including the name and logos to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Club. With Reid’s consent, Daly had assumed full control of the program in 1983 when Reid left Australia to live in the Maldives.). The value of his gesture is considered incalculable. . At the time, and despite pressure from the Bradman Museum at Bowral and the Melbourne Cricket Club, he also assigned to the Club, the film collection handed to him for safe-keeping by Sir Donald Bradman ten years previouspy on the proviso that the films be accessible to his successors in the mid 21st century to view the abilities of their fabulous ancestor. Again, the value of this collection is incalculable}.

This arrangement allowed the two programs to develop in tandem to such an extent that it was agreed that only sportspeople considered certain to be inducted to the Hall of Fame when established would be invited to act as presenters of Sport Australia Awards for the first five years. In addition, the winners of the Gold Sport Australia Awards for Male and Female Athletes of the Year were to be automatically inducted to the Hall of Fame, a situation that was soon to be withdrawn.

In 1981, Mr Peter Bartels, then the Marketing Manager of Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) suggested to Daly the Sport Australia Awards were the perfect reason to gather sporting champions together at a bonding luncheon prior to the dinner. He also suggested that the presence of selected local and interstate media representatives would provide them with an ideal opportunity to set up their coverage of the Sport Australia Awards. Further, he committed his company to meet the costs of these functions, which were an overwhelming success, easily fulfilling the objectives that Bartels had espoused.

(Note - CUB became a support sponsor and later, a principal sponsor, of the Sport Australia Awards, an association it maintained for many years.)


Daly remained as Honorary Secretary of CAS until May 1979 when he and Reid agreed that the loss of the I.M.G. account because Mark McCormack had decided to open his own branch in Australia necessitated a change of direction for ISM.

As the Directors of the Confederation of Australian Sport had decided to seek a new executive officer and Daly was encouraged to apply. He did and was ultimately appointed with the title of Executive Director, a salaried position, at which time he resigned as Director and General Manager of ISM.


By March 1985, with Wayne Reid now living overseas permanently, Daly had devised all facets of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame program. (Note – Each phase of the program was discussed with and endorsed by the Confederation of Australian Sport of which Les Martyn was now President)

This required that Daly carry out the following steps:

- Creating the criteria for selection as a Member of the Hall of Fame

- Creating the system for nomination by eras, review, research and verification
of all nominations, including provision for the endorsement of nominees by the relevant national sporting associations

- Personally designing the logo of the Hall of Fame and having Mr FrankGatt of
Anpas Pty Ltd create a template for the exclusive Hall of Fame medals. With the
assistance of the ANZ Bank he arranged for the casting of the dies and the manufacture of the original 200 gold medals embossed with the racing kangaroo with a background of the Southern Cross constellation and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame masthead.

(Comment - why the Olympic- inspired laurel wreath style medal ever replaced this is extremely difficult to comprehend as it removed the exclusivity and uniqueness of the medal with its quintessentially Australian sporting characteristics.)

- Devising the role and functions of the Selection Committee, a group which in reality was the Management Committee, but so as to give emphasis to the networking, rather than hierarchical, style of infrastructure that Daly considered best suited the concept of self-rule by the Members.

- Invited the immortal Sir Hubert (Oppy) Opperman to be the original Chairman of the Selection Committee.

(Note: Daly had ascertained that Sir Donald Bradman was unlikely to accept the position and in any event, following a straw poll of elite sportspeople which determined that The Don be the first inductee, Daly preferred that he accept the mantle of No.1 Member at the inaugural induction ceremony. Similarly, his enquiries had determined that Dawn Fraser should be ordained as the No.1 Female Member, which was put into effect. Daly decided that all other inductees would not be numbered, as all would be equal once having entered the Hall. It is pertinent to note that Sir Donald Bradman in his speech of acceptance on behalf of the first inductees pointed out that induction to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame was permanent as it stretched “to the grave and beyond”, a philosophy that the program sought to instill. In the light of this, Daly believes that the Directors were not, and are not, empowered to remove Dawn Fraser as the No.1 Female Member after accepting her resignation as President in 1999 because induction to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame only follows after the potential Member (or Associate Member) has signified irrevocable acceptance of the invitation extended by the Chairman of the Hall of Fame.

Dawn Fraser would undoubtedly be aware of this – she and all others are eternally a Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. She can, of course, withdraw her consent for the Hall to use her name, likeness or intellectual property. Daly advises that, under the terms of his handover of the intellectual property the Board of Directors do not have the right to withdraw her permanent recognition as the No.1 Female Member of the Hall of Fame; nor can it remove her from the escutcheon of Members. That is why it is crucial that only those who to all possible perceptions will not dishonour it, can be invited to enter the Hall and why entry is withheld, with a few notable exceptions, until their elite competition careers are long terminated)

- Defining the guidelines for appointment to the Selection Committee, which ensured the strong presence of representatives of the athletes, and then appointing the members of that Committee.

- Devising the role and functions of a Research Sub-Committee and seeking and obtaining the participation of noted sports journalists and historians such as Harry Gordon, Jack Pollard, Jim Shepherd, Gary Lester, Don Lawrence and Wally Foreman (Correspondence Member) to form the original Sub-Committee. Other journalists around Australia were used as reference points, including, among others, Margaret Ralston, Judy Joy Davies, Nicole Jeffries, Ian Hanson, Ian Heads, Alan Trengove, Mike Hurst, Wayne Smith and Jack Craig. The Secretary of the Sub-Committee was Lyn Smith, a dedicated and enthusiastic contributor to the overall program, originally employed by Performance Sport sho later became the first full-time employee of the Australian Sports Hall of Fame Club.

- Obtaining the principal sponsorship of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame program (C.U.B) and all supporting sponsors – ANZ Bank, Hardys Wines, Anpas Pty Ltd, Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation, Happy Medium Photography, Trans-Australia Airlines, Avon Graphics, the latter being a Jim Barry company.

- Negotiating and obtaining use of the historic Long Room of the world-renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground as the venue for the first induction ceremony.

(Note – Daly also served as a member of the steering committee under the chairmanship of Sir Bernard Callinan for the establishment by the Melbourne Cricket Club of the Australian Gallery of Sport now the Australian Olympic Museum).

- Supervising the invitation list, and unable to have the Prime Minister, Mr Bob Hawke, because of other and international commitments, present the medals, having the Commonwealth Government Minister Sport, John Brown, perform the function.

- Supervising the travel arrangements, meals, accommodation and ground travel requirements of interstate-based inductees.

- Negotiating and contracting musicians to recommend the music and write the lyrics for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Song, which is sung to the music of the Queensland version of Waltzing Matilda).

- Assisted by Sir Hubert Opperman, persuading Sir Donald Bradman to deliver the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the inductees - a speech that is arguably the best ever delivered to an audience of Australian sportspeople.

- Obtaining coverage of the function by all television and radio networks and by all major Melbourne and interstate newspapers.


The Sport Australia Awards are relevant to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame program for the following reasons only, viz:

- Both programs were created and designed by Garry Daly;

- Both had a relationship with C.A.S. with the Awards being its own exclusive program in all aspects and with the Hall of Fame by its acceptance of the role of the endorsing national authority.

- The first widespread promotion of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame to the Australian sporting community was carried out in the CAS newsletter “Sport Report”, which was developed with the expert advice and assistance of Jim Barry, a commercial printer. Garry Daly was the editor and the newsletter was later transformed into a magazine with the financial support of the ANZ Bank.

- Initially both programs were run concurrently with the Hall of Fame announcements and inductions at a luncheon specifically for that purpose and the Sport Australia Awards announcements and presentations at a dinner for that purpose that evening with the inductees and other Members of the Hall of Fame present as special guests and being introduced to audience.

(Note - it is relevant here to note that from 1988 Daly or his company Performance Sport Pty Ltd were financially responsible for both the functions and any profit made on one was often used to offset potential losses for the other. This was most significant in the years that network television coverage for the Sport Australia Awards could not be obtained and the production of television-quality film for showing on a no-fee basis by smaller networks e.g. SBS had to be met from any income source available).

The work involved in identifying the Members of the Hall of Fame to be named in the first intake was an exhaustive process.

Firstly, Garry Daly appointed a Selection Committee which consisted of Sir Hubert Opperman (Chairman) and

- Dawn Fraser (representing athletes)
- Marjorie Jackson Nelson (representing athletes)
- Leslie J. Martyn (President, Confederation of Australian Sport)
- Dr. Donald Cordner, Chairman, Melbourne Cricket Club
- Harry Gordon, distinguished sports historian and journalist
- Richard Pratt, representing the commercial sector
- Jim Ferguson, General Manager, Australian Sports Commission

This Committee remained virtually unchanged for the next seven years with the exception that Sir Donald Trescowthick replaced Richard Pratt in 1988.

Daly also appointed a Research and Advisory Sub-Committee comprising himself as chairman, Gary Lester, Jim Shepherd, Mike Hurst and the late Jack Pollard and Don Lawrence with Wayne Smith and Wally Foreman as correspondence members

Other decisions taken by Daly and endorsed by the Confederation included:

- Nominations could be received from anyone but before the Research Sub-Committee could consider the nominations, they needed to be endorsed by the relevant national sporting association or where such a body did not exist e.g. professional boxing, by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

- Entrants to the Hall of Fame would be inducted in eras and the relevant era would be
that in which the best performances of the entrant occurred. The eras were pre-1925. 1926-1950. 1951-1975 and 1976 onwards. (Later the fourth era became 1976-2000 and 2001 onwards). The nominating person or group nominated the era when justifying the nomination.

- There should be a minimum number of entrants from each era and if two nominees
were vying for selection, preference would be given to the nominee from the earlier
era and/or the nominee from the sport with the greater number of participants.

- Nominees would only be considered if their participation in the highest level of elite
competition had been finished for a minimum of five years. Exceptions to this rule
would only be made in the sports of golf, yachting and the shooting disciplines.

- Nominees from team sports would need to have the highest level of achievements
within the sport and be recognised as an elite performer at the highest possible level by their

- Performances that would receive a high degree of recognition by the Selection Committee would
be world championship wins in sports where sport-recognised world championships occurred; Gold Medals in Olympic competition and multiple world records in sports with a high level of competition. Olympic silver or bronze medals would not be sufficient qualifications in themselves nor would wins in national championships or events such as the Commonwealth Games unless won in world record time. Clearly, induction to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame would only be offered to Australia athletes who had achieved “best in the world” status.

- With the overall aim of having 200 Members of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame by
commencement of Australia’s Bicentenary, and recognising a need for the first induction to include every Australian sportsperson whose credentials could not be denied, it was decided that 120 would be selected in 1985, 60 in 1986 and 20 in 1988.

Over the years that Daly and Performance Sport were financially responsible for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame program, they conducted a total of 55 functions ranging in size from an attendance of 1844 at the Bicentennial Hall of Fame Celebrations to luncheons, the smallest of which occurred in Hobart with an attendance of 63 persons. The total cost of the program was $1.55 millions (Administration and wages $368500; functions $1182650); sponsorship and grants accounted for $529600; table sales and other income at the functions amounted to $409800


After the Sport Australia Hall of Fame was so illustriously launched, development and propagation of the program went ahead speedily. With the presentation of miniature Hall of Fame trophies or Certificates of Achievement to high achievers as a focal point, Sport Australia Hall of Fame functions at the state level were conducted with the formal induction of locally based Members of the Hall of Fame and lively entertainment segments as features. The presence of as many Hall of Fame members as was practicable at each location was a drawcard and successful functions in all capital cities were held on a regular basis. Later, the introduction of a Legend of Australian Sport announcement and presentations to local sporting heroes lifted these functions even higher to a hugely successful status.

Through their company, Performance Sport Pty. Ltd, and with his wife Karen regularly participating in the administration and organisation of the program and all six children often involved in necessary, but mundane roles at them, Garry Daly conducted and underwrote 55 Sport Australia Hall of Fame national and state level functions including the unforgettable tribute function in Melbourne for the legendary, but dying, Australian Rules legend, E.J. (Ted) Whitten.

In 1991, on a confidential basis Performance Sport provided Dawn Fraser, who succeeded Sir Hubert Opperman as Chairman of the Selection Committee, with a summary of the income and expenditures involved in this extraordinary program. The final assessment showed that total expenses in dollar terms exceeded 1.55 million

(Note - the Bicentennial Hall of Fame function accounted for $362000 alone) and the total income from sponsorship, gate and other avenues amounted to over $939,000).

Performance Sport overcame these shortfalls by applying income generated by Sport Australia Awards functions conducted by them from 1985 to 1993. Overall the financial contribution by Daly/Performance Sport was approximately $612000. Please note that the value of contra sponsorship and utilisation of them was not assessed in these calculations.

The expenses incurred met the costs of

- providing return air travel to all national functions for interstate-based and Victorian
country-based inductees, and later as Members, as well as international air travel in a few cases (most notably the 1988 Bicentennial Hall of Fame Celebrations for Robert Skene, Jon Henricks, Ken Warby, Murray Rose, Kel Carruthers all from U.S.A. and John Nicholson from Denmark), plus their accommodation meals, ground transport and post-dinner celebrations. International travel costs over an above the contra provided by Qantas were also incurred at other times for Alf Goullet and Fred Stolle plus Murray Rose on another occasion –all from U.S.A.

(Note- Daly had negotiated a contra sponsorship package with up to a maximum of 60 room nights per year at the St. Kilda Road Travelodge and the nearby Parkroyal with Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation, after which he was obliged to meet an industry rate for each night of accommodation utilised at these facilities. This sponsorship was used for all Hall of Fame requirements including the Selection Committee and Research Sub-Committee. Naturally as the number of Members, Associate Members and functions grew, the net actual costs each year became substantial and it was necessary to seek contra arrangements on a local basis with other Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation hotels, which considerably reduced, but did not eliminate a substantial cost factor.)

- From 1989 the travel expenses of inductees as Associate Members for their induction
ceremony as Associate Members to a maximum cost of $200.00 per head plus all
accommodation, meals, ground transport and post-dinner celebrations to their induction
ceremony and later the cost of their attendance at all Hall of Fame functions but not including
travel, accommodation or other meals.

- Travel meals and some minor accommodation costs for interstate–based members
of the Selection Committee and Research Sub-Committee and the Hall of Fame office manager, Mrs Lyn Smith, to attend national functions and their own group meetings, a necessary commitment as all except Mrs Smith acted in an honorary capacity with some meeting their own costs.

- The cost of production dies and the actual medals and miniature trophies presented
at State functions, production and framing of Associate Members Certificates, staging for all national and state presentation functions, television filming (from 1988 to 1993), venue decorations, casual staff, media meals and refreshments, printing and stationery, all office administrative costs including one full-time employee (Mrs Lyn Smith) plus casual office employees for around three months each year and even, at times, clothes for impecunious inductees. Legal and public relations consultancy fees were occasionally incurred plus the registration of business names and the logo as were the costs of regular interstate travel necessary for Garry Daly to seek sponsors, and when obtained, to consult with them, activities, which, with the exception of some assistance with the Bicentennial function, were always performed by him.

The estimated expenses include the wages of office staff on a pro-rata basis but do not include any salary for Garry Daly except in the case of the Bicentennial Hall of Fame Celebrations, where his full-time involvement was essential for about six months from the completion of the 1987 program through to the winding up of the Bicentennial event in July 1988. No wage or salary expenses have been incurred for Karen Daly’s involvement as sole bookkeeper and regular performer of essential work at functions over more than 10 years.


In 1988, C.A.S. supported Daly in his approach to the Australian Bicentennial Authority
for a grant to assist the conduct of the Bicentennial Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Celebrations on the basis that Daly and his company Performance Sport remained
entirely responsible for the financial viability of the event as well as guaranteeing its


In 1989 Sir Hubert Opperman decided that he would step down as Chairman of the
Sport Australia Hall of Fame Selection Committee and at the function to name the new
Members and Associate Members, Garry Daly proposed the appointment of Dawn Fraser
as the new Chairman. His proposal was seconded by Kevin Berry and supported by
acclamation at the function but afterwards the Confederation of Australian Sport
complained that it had not been consulted. Daly pointed out that the only body in
existence that could provide a forum wherein an election could be held was the
Australian Sports Hall of Fame Club and the only members of the Club were the
Members and Associate Members of the Hall of Fame who were present at the function and it was their prerogative as to who would be elected.

The level of interest in the activities of the Hall of Fame by the Confederation was not welcomed by Dawn Fraser or Garry Daly and because of their opposition, the Confederation had very little support within the Hall of Fame membership.

Another point of conjecture with the Confederation was its action in putting an Honour Roll at the entrance to its new premises in Canberra without consulting the Club and also in creating a new classification of Hall of Fame membership on it to specifically cater for Associate Members with a sports media background.

The attitude of some Confederation representatives led to increasing resistance to their
involvement by the members of the Hall of Fame as represented by the Australian Sports
Hall of Fame Club and despite a campaign that included direct mail entreaties to the
members, there was never a groundswell of support for control by the Confederation.

That year with James E. (Jim) Barry as President, CAS varied the positioning of Daly
within its organisational structure, appointing his company as its marketing directorate
and appointing Mr William Mattes as its Executive Director. Daly believes that Jim Barry
was persuaded to the view that Daly had conflicting roles as Executive Director of C.A.S.
and Managing Director of its marketing arm, Performance Sport Pty Ltd. However, there
was no objection to Daly’s other roles as Secretary-General of the International Assembly
of National Organisations of Sport (IANOS) and its regional affiliate, the Asia Pacific and
Oceania Sports Assembly (APOSA) and he continued as the CAS delegate to both.

The changes at the CAS plus the limited time at the helm by Jim Barry almost certainly
enhanced the efforts of a six member “pepper group” led by Mr Greg Hartung, a former
journalist and General Manager of the Australian Sports Commission, who had all gained
election as C.A.S. Directors in December 1988.

Following the lead of the North American Halls of Fame, Daly proposed the establishment of an annexe to the main Hall which would honour other high-performing members of the sporting community such as administrators, coaches, sports scientists, sports journalists, broadcasters, sports developers and initiators.

Having received agreement in principle from the 1988 Selection Committee, Daly repeated all the functions necessary to create the program for Members even down to the guidelines for induction and preparation of nominations for potential inductees. By contrast to the provision of medals for inducted Members, Daly proposed the presentation of exclusive framed certificates.

His proposals were accepted by the Selection Committee with the sole exception that they preferred to have this group referred to as Associate Members of the Hall rather than Members-in-Annexe. The first 40 Associate Members were inducted in December 1989 and Daly, at the insistence of the Selection Committee, was one.

During the year, Daly had pursued the establishment of a national Sports Museum to be conducted under the patronage of the Hall of Fame and which would be the principal place for the custody of Hall of Fame records, memorabilia and artefacts.

After considerable time and effort was committed to the task, a site at Darling Walk, Darling Harbour became the most efficacious possibility and discussions had begun with Mr Tom Haysom and other executives at the developers, Merlin Pty Ltd
As a result it was determined that funding of around $17 million would be needed to construct the facility, acquire the desired interactive and static displays and meet the start up costs and estimated first year expenses.

It was recognised that this level of funding would be impossible to generate without the involvement of a high-profile Chairman of the Australian Sports Heritage Society when, as suggested by Daly, and if formed, capable of providing vital assistance with procurement of media exposure and access to archival media sporting history. The chairmen of the major television networks at the time were Messrs Alan Bond (Nine Network), Frank Lowy (Network Ten) and Christopher Skase (the Seven Network). Because of the continuing assistance of the Seven Network, it was agreed that the first approach would be to Skase, and CAS President, Jim Barry offered to assist Daly with these negotiations. To their great surprise and relief, Skase agreed to perform the role offered to him and indicated that he would immediately institute a program to rise the necessary funding.

It is now history that soon after making this commitment, Skase was seen to be in considerable personal difficulties and after sporadic, and unsatisfactory, telephone conversations from a jet somewhere over the Pacific with him or his General Manager, Mr Bob Campbell, it was decided to precipitate crisis discussions at a meeting of the steering committee of the Australian Sports Heritage Society which resulted in Skase nominating his father, Mr Charles Skase, an opera singer of note, to act as his alternate delegate.

This signalled the end of contact with Skase and by this time, the potential site at Darling Walk was being sought for other ventures and the option to the Hall over it was cancelled.

Throughout the next seven years, Daly pursued the vision of a national facility and at the time of his resignation in August 1996, was still working with prospective site managers, designers and developers towards this goal. (Note – Refer Graeme Watson, John Konrads, Dick Warburton, Dawn Fraser, James Erskine and others.)

He was encouraged by the enthusiasm for the project of the then Chairperson, Dawn
Fraser, and it is interesting to note that at the time of her own resignation as President
of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Inc., Fraser nominated the discontinued seeking of
such a facility as one of her prime reasons for withdrawing her support of the Hall of

1990 - current

At the end of 1989, Jim Barry was deposed as President of C.A.S. although the new Board Members
retained the services of Performance Sport for a further four years until after the Sport Australia
Awards of 1993 although it was an uneasy alliance throughout this time.

The relationship between Daly, as the originator of the concept and, with Wayne Reid, holders of the intellectual rights, and the Confederation of Australian Sport had continued on an amicable, cooperative and successful basis until 1990 when the “pepper group” lead by Messrs. Greg. Hartung (President), Dene Moore (Executive Director) and John Ostermeyer (Finance Director) gained control of CAS.
Almost immediately a situation developed where animosity crept into the relationship precipitated by the assertion by the “new” CAS that it owned the intellectual rights to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, which was hotly disputed by Daly.

The debate went on for some time with Sir Hubert Opperman and Sir Donald Trescowthick leading the defence of the Hall of Fame Club’s position. Finally, and reluctantly, CAS accepted Statutory Declarations prepared by original Directors of CAS to the effect that an agreement remained in place formalising the acceptance by C.A.S. that the intellectual property and the right to conduct and promote the program would always be held and maintained by Daly and Reid since that original acceptance of their invitation for CAS to endorse the program had been reached in 1978.

A compromise position was eventually reached that obviously was not entirely satisfactory to either group. This was only ameliorated in 1996, following the resignation of Garry Daly, when a proposal to re-structure the Hall of Fame by the creation of a limited liability company, which automatically gave positions on its management committee (Board of Directors) to the C.A.S., the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Olympic Committee was mooted and pursued. However, Daly contends that this “solution” to the problem has considerably reduced the capacity of Members of the Hall of Fame to monitor or influence the Hall of Fame, much less control it. On the other hand, it does bring these major organisations into the Hall of Fame fold.

{Comment: The current statutes do not provide for Members to record postal votes having to rely on proxies to act on their behalf, many of which are offered to the Chairman that seems to give the Chairman a disproportionate voting power, particularly as information regarding agenda items is not delivered in full to all members in time for them to decide on how to vote.

All general meetings to date have been held in Melbourne thus limiting the ability of members from other states to personally attend the meetings, particularly Extraordinary General Meetings. Therefore the schedule for calling meetings, nominating agenda items, distribution of agenda and postal voting arrangements should be re-visited to allow all members fair and equal opportunity to voice their opinion.

That the Secretary of the Company must be a Member (cannot be an Associate Member) is a farcical situation when some of the world’s best administrators and businessmen (e.g. Gosper, Reid, Packer) are Associate Members. This provision also prevents the founder, Garry Daly, from seeking the position.

It should be noted that it was never intended that Associate Members be classed as inferior to Members in any way but currently they cannot contest any executive positions other than as Associate Directors. The return of equal rights and opportunities within the Hall of Fame to Associate Members is a major issue and needs to be addressed as a priority. Hopefully with the recent activity relating to the Constitution and other governance issues, these matters will be addressed and corrected.

The new structure flies in the face of the original concept based on a total peer-recognition philosophy that the Hall of Fame is the exclusive domain of the members of the Hall of Fame, a doctrine that until the events of 1996 was pursued unwaveringly. An extension of this contention, which was shared by Daly and Mr Leslie J. Martyn, then President of the CAS, was for the forums of Hall of Fame Members in each state provided by formal and informal get-togethers be used to gain feedback on any mooted new policies or major ideas and to receive suggestions from Members around Australia. It is a matter of record that during Daly’s tenure as Executive Director of all Hall of Fame programmes there is only two recorded dissensions within the Club to the selections, appointments or elections of the day i.e. Glenys Nunn re Dr John Daly and Mrs Neall re Gail’s non-inclusion at the time}.


The damage caused by the dispute with the CAS lead to Daly’s company, Performance Sport Pty Ltd conducting its last Sport Australia Awards Presentation Dinner on their behalf in 1993 and he was placed in a position whereby another function had to be created to satisfy his longstanding sponsors of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and associated television producers Active Television.

To counter this, Daly personally devised, planned, researched, wrote and, with the technical help of Michael McKay of Active Television, implemented his Legends of Australian Sport programme, which in effect was another opportunity to honour the Members of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

This segment was to complement the formal induction of the selected athletes of that year and a high quality entertainment package. In December 1993, in one of Australian sport’s most memorable and poignant social moments, Betty Cuthbert, was installed as a Legend of Australian Sport in a segment similar to the successful “This is Your Life” programme on a major Australian television network. The evening was emotional and the segment was filled with a pageant of key characters in Betty’s life from the master administrator Julius “Judy” Patching to the legendary Dawn Fraser and the pathetically frail June Ferguson, the long-time coach of Betty Cuthbert with whom a reunion after many years of separation occurred that evening. The function was proclaimed a resounding triumph by Victorian Olympians Club President, John Konrads and messages of congratulation flowed in from inductees, sponsors and attendees alike. In the following years, Edgar “Dunc” Gray and Marjorie Jackson Nelson were afforded the same accolade in extraordinarily happy, emotional and memorable ceremonies. The die had been caste.
The lack of enthusiasm for the new format and the boycotting of these events by many of the C.A.S. Directors had little or no effect and the new format dinner and the Legend of Australian Sport segments conducted at other than the national Hall of Fame ceremonies (e.g. Margaret Court, Shirley de la Hunty (Perth) Evonne Cawley, Jock Sturrock (Gold Coast) Reg Gasnier, Vic Patrick (Sydney) were also absolute successes. The Legends of Australian Sport program is a critical element in the national Hall of Fame Induction Dinners to this day.

The following Legends of Australian Sport were proclaimed at functions conducted by Performance Sport:

Sir Donald Bradman Sir Hubert Opperman Dawn Fraser
Betty Cuthbert Shirley (Strickland) de la Hunty Shane Gould Evonne (Goolagong) Cawley Jock Sturrock Marjorie (Jackson) Nelson
Margaret Court Arthur “Scobie” Breasley E J (Ted) Whitten
Edgar “Dunc” Gray Reg Gasnier Vic Patrick