Alumni Update | Issue One 2015

Seven alumni recognised in 2015 Australia Day Honours

Basketballer and triple Olympic medallist, Rachael Sporn OAM, has been recognised in the Australia Day Honours for her service to basketball and to the community.

Rachael was a member of the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Australian Olympic Basketball Team, winning Bronze in Atlanta in 1996 and Silver Medals in Sydney in 2000 and in Athens in 2004.

She was a member of the famed Australian Women's Basketball Team 'The Opals' for 16 years, playing 304 games for Australia.
As Captain of the Adelaide Lightning Team from 1994 to 2004, Rachael became the face of South Australian women's basketball. She has continued to play a key role in promoting women’s basketball.

She was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and has been inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame.

Rachael is development executive of the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation and is involved in the media as a sporting commentator.

She gained a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Physical Education) from UniSA in 1991.

Six other UniSA alumni were recognised in the awards:

Professor Malcolm Haskard AM (Graduate Diploma of Management). For significant service to science, particularly to electronic engineering, and to the community.

Margaret Claire Martlew OAM (Bachelor of Education, In Service). For service to the communities of Port Elliot and Victor Harbor.

John McDonald AM (Diploma in Accountancy). For significant service to business through senior accountancy roles, to the not-for-profit sector, and to sporting organisations.

William Smith AM (Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice). For significant service to the law particularly through international justice tribunals and human rights organisations.

Bill Spurr AO (Diploma of Teaching in Further Education). For distinguished service to tourism, to education, particularly through international marketing, to the arts and sport as an administrator of institutions and events, and to the community of South Australia.

Anne Virgo OAM (Bachelor of Fine Art). For service to the visual arts, particularly printmaking.

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