‘Sports tragic’ prime ministers named co-patrons

Former prime ministers Bob Hawke and John Howard have been named co-patrons of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

The organisation, which honours Australian sporting achievement, has 525 members representing “the pinnacle of sporting excellence”.

Chairman John Bertrand says the two are among Australia’s longest serving leaders – Hawke was the longest serving Labor prime minister (1983-1991) and Howard the second-longest serving (1996-2007).

“Despite being from opposing sides of the political fence, both are renowned for their passion for sport and their understanding of the value of sport to our nation,” he says. “Their appointment as co-patrons depicts the way in which sport unites all Australians.”

The two have joined Bertrand to lead the newly developed “foundation partner” programme to “support and grow the foundations” of the hall of fame.

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