AWARDS NIGHT: Raelene Boyle, right, with Cathy Freeman at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 33rd Induction & Awards Gala Dinner at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
AWARDS NIGHT: Raelene Boyle, right, with Cathy Freeman at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 33rd Induction & Awards Gala Dinner at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. TRACEY NEARMY

Boyle to Legend status in Sport Australia Hall of Fame

TRACK & FIELD: Sunshine Coast's Raelene Boyle says she's proud to be a Legend of Australian Sport, after being honoured at a prestigious awards night in Melbourne.

The 66-year-old has been largely considered one of the nation's greatest athletes for some time but she was further recognised at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame's 33rd Induction and Awards Gala Dinner in Melbourne on Thursday.

She became the 39th person - and eighth amid track and field - to receive the honour.

"I'm very proud of being called a legend with this particular club because of the fact that it's all sport in Australia," she said.

"We're not talking about football or cricket or golf, we're talking about all sports.

"That makes me really feel very honoured that the powers that be have decided that I sit up there with people like Marji Jackson, Herb Elliott and Betty Cuthbert.

"And then you've got all the other sports, I'm very touched by that."

Boyle claimed three Olympic Games silver medals and seven Commonwealth Games gold medals during a 14-year international career.

At the 1972 Munich Olympics she finished second, behind an East German who was later proved to have taken part in a doping program.

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, she was disqualified because of two false start but footage later showed she didn't jump the gun on one of those occasions.

Boyle was in 2007 appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the community, through roles with organisations that support cancer, notably Breast Cancer Network Australia, after battling cancer herself.

She joins other former track and field stars Betty Cuthbert, Shirley Strickland, Marjorie Jackson Nelson, Herb Elliott, John Landy, Edwin Flack and Catherine Freeman as Legends of Australian Sport.


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