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AOC Congratulates Patrick Mills for Hall of Fame Honour

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Patty Mills Carries the Australian Flag

The AOC has congratulated four-time Olympian Patrick Mills, honoured as the 2021 winner of The Don Award by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF).

Named after SAHOF's first inductee, Australian cricketing great Sir Donald Bradman, the Don Award caps an extraordinary year for Australia's male Flag Bearer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and captain of the bronze medal winning Australian men's basketball team, the Boomers.

AOC President John Coates says Patrick Mills deserves Australia's highest sporting accolade for men.

"Patty Mills embodies the spirit of the Olympic movement and its values. He sets an example on and off the court – in deeds and in words.

"Every young Australian can find something in Patty's example. Pride in himself as an Indigenous man, pride in his community and pride in his country. He is proof that you can achieve your dreams.

"This year he became the first Indigenous Australian to carry the Australian flag at an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. He is a true leader, a true professional and someone never satisfied with simply being an exceptional sportsman. He wants to inspire and make a difference in our community.

"His work with charities and setting up Indigenous Basketball Australia and the Indigenous Community Basketball League this year has provided pathways for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander basketballers to follow his example.

"And, of course, he led the Boomers to their first medal at an Olympic Games when the Australian team beat Slovenia 107-93 in the bronze medal match."

Mr Coates also congratulated Australia's tennis great Evonne Goolagong-Cawley who won the inaugural Dawn Award, named after Olympic swimming legend Dawn Fraser.

"An award named after an Olympic treasure in Dawn and bestowed on such a loved Australian sporting queen, in the great Evonne Goolagong-Cawley.

"And it was Evonne's breathtaking example that provided that spark for Ash Barty to claim Australia's first Olympic Games medal in tennis in Tokyo this year, when she and partner John Peers picked up bronze in the mixed doubles.

"So, congratulations Evonne and congratulations to Dawn after whom the award was named. This is how sport inspires," Mr Coates concluded.

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