November 2, 2017.
Australia’s first Olympic sailing gold medallists, Sir William (Bill) Northam CBE (1905-1988), Peter (Pod) O’Donnell (1939-2008) and James (Dick) Sargeant (born 1936) will be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame this week, recognized for their gold medal winning performance at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.
“The achievement of Bill Northam CBE, Pod O’Donnell and Dick Sargeant in winning Australia’s first Olympic sailing gold medal in the 5.5mR class at the Tokyo Olympic Games. opened up a world of opportunity for generations of Australian Olympic sailors to come,” said the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Selection panel.
Barranjoey, the boat that Northam, O’Donnell and Sargeant sailed to victory in Tokyo, is on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. More information on Barranjoey is available at http://arhv.anmm.gov.au/objects/132337
Seven Hall of Famers will be inducted at the inaugural Australian Sailing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday 3 November at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney.
About the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame
This important initiative was established to recognise the greats of the sport of sailing – those who have inspired many and contributed so much to make the sport what it is today. Sailing has a long and wonderful history in Australia, and has been responsible for some of the most iconic sporting moments the country has ever seen. Recognising those who have been part of this history and acknowledging their contribution is at the heart of the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.
Nominations were considered by a highly regarded Selection Panel, which was chaired by David Tillett AM. Mr Tillett has served as Chairman of the Jury at numerous Olympic games and America’s Cup events, in addition to serving on the World Sailing Council and Australian Sailing Board. He was joined on the Selection Panel by Amanda Lulham, Michael Spies, Greg Johns, David Staley, Karyn Gojnich, Matthew Allen (representing the Australian Sailing Board) and Kevin Sumption (representing the Australian National Maritime Museum).
The Australian Sailing Hall of Fame will recognise those with the highest achievements in the sport. The ASHoF acknowledges exceptional performance and contribution at the highest level, by an individual or a team, both past and present, and covers all disciplines of the sport.