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Past and present meet at new SHC sports centre


Two archbishops, a horse racing legend, an AFL champion, an Australian spin bowler, a Socceroo, a Davis Cup tennis player, an award-winning mathematician, a comedian and a musical entrepreneur are among 21 Sacred Heart College old scholars recognised in a Hall of Fame established in the college’s new multi-million dollar sports centre.

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The Hall of Fame was launched at the opening and blessing of the Brother Joseph McAteer Centre by Archbishop Wilson last month.

Overlooking the iconic War Memorial Oval at Somerton Park, the $8.4 million sports centre includes a multi-purpose gymnasium, conference room, health and PE classrooms, sports change rooms and storage areas.

The gymnasium can be configured to seat 1700 people and was at capacity for the opening Mass which was attended by all students from the senior and middle campuses as well as representatives of Marymount College, which will become part of Sacred Heart College next year.

Archbishop Wilson celebrated Mass and gave a blessing to 12 members (or their family representatives) of the newly-created Hall of Fame. The plaque for the new centre was unveiled by Brother Jordan Redden.

Built by Badge Constructions, the development was completed in January and followed the demolition of the old gym and grandstand in 2015.

The Hall of Fame honours former students who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen endeavour or profession.
On display at any one time will be 21 names of distinguished alumni, with other old scholars being chosen for display over time. As they are added, a selected number will be removed and added to a permanent honour board.

The inaugural inductees are: Albert Hannan, Robert Stigwood, Shaun Micallef, Bernard Wadsworth, Leon Simon, Lawrie Smart, Archbishop Gleeson, Archbishop Faulkner, Bart Cummings, David Sincock, John Fitzgerald, Matthew Pavlich, Dean Wills, Graham Spurling, Rob Chapman, Jim Whiting, Rob Kerin, Bill Denny, Philip Kennedy, John Willis and Sergio Melta.


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