Five NSW sports greats will be inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions at the prestigious NSW Champions of Sport Ceremony at Rosehill Gardens on Tuesday, November 27.
The awards celebrate the achievements of NSW athletes, coaches, administrators and organisations across 13 categories.
And in next month's ceremony, the five NSW sporting greats to be inducted into the NSW Sports Hall of Champions are;
Catherine Cox (Netball)
Julie Dolan (Football)
Jana Pittman (Athletics)
Melanie Roche (Softball)
Mark Skaife (Motor Racing)
Since 1979, 372 sportsmen and women representing 55 sports have been added to the Roll of Honour.
Sporting icons such as Sir Donald Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Shane Gould and Dally Messenger are included in this prestigious list. More recent champions include Ian Thorpe, Layne Beachley and Michael O’Loughlin.
The 2018 inductees are;
With victories in Commonwealth Games, two Netball World Cups, three Commonwealth Bank and two Trans-Tasman Premierships, Catherine made her mark on the Australian netball scene.
Starting with the NSW under 17 team in 1992, New Zealand-born Catherine went on to make 108 Test appearances for Australia over a 16-year period, seven times as captain. Agile, with great aerial skills, Catherine wasn’t afraid to shoot from long range.
Her Commonwealth Games medals came in Manchester in 2002, winning gold in double overtime. Silver medals followed in 2006 in Melbourne and 2010 in Delhi.
The first of Catherine’s two World Cup victories was in 2007 against New Zealand. As vice-captain of the Diamonds, Catherine won her second World Cup in 2011. That same year she scored her 2000th goal for Australia, and in 2012 became only the fourth player in Australian netball history to earn 100 Test caps.
Catherine made 254 National League appearances. She was on the Sydney Swifts winning teams for the 2004, 2006 and 2007 Commonwealth Bank Trophy Premiership. Her 2004 performance saw her shoot the winning goal and named Australian Player of the Year.
Captain of the NSW Swifts in the 2008 inaugural ANZ Championships, Catherine was again Player of the Year. In 2010 she played her 200th domestic match, the second Australian to reach that milestone.
Catherine joined the West Coast Fever as captain in 2012. Her final game in 2014 with the Melbourne Vixens saw her win her second ANZ Championship and a Premiers Medal.
By the time she retired, Catherine had earned a reputation as one of the most dominant and dangerous goal shooters in the world.