Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kurt Fearnley has won the coveted Don Award.
Fearnley adjudged the athlete who has inspired the country the most over the past 12-months.
The 37-year-old becomes the first athlete with a disability to win the award.
“I fundamentally believe that sport can lead this country, and I believe that the Paralympic movement is a jewel within the sporting crown,” Fearnley said.
“Sport within this country has never been about the individual. It’s been about the uniform leading.
“I’m the first within the Paralympic movement to receive this award, and I am incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity. But I will guarantee that I won’t be the last.
Fearnley is in the United States and could not be in attendance but accepted via video speech.
Cricketing icon Richie Benaud was elevated to legend status in the Australian Sports Hall of Fame while eight members were inducted into the Hall of Fame including Allan Moffat (Motorsport), Harry Kewell (Soccer), Darren Lockyear (NRL), Wendy Botha (Surfing), Robyn Maher (Basketball), Gai Waterhouse 9Horse Racing), Sam Coffa (Weighlifting) and Drew Ginn (Rowing).
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