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Five new faces to be inducted into SA Sport Hall of Fame tonight

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The South Australian Sport Hall of Fame will induct five new entrants at a ceremony at Adelaide Oval tonight.

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The Sport SA event, postponed from last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, will also reveal the identity of a current Hall of Fame member who will be elevated to “Legend” status. Check InDaily from about 9pm tonight to discover the winner.

The evening will also see the unveiling of a new Hall of Fame Honour Board, which will become a prominent feature at Adelaide Oval.

The initial 2020 event was set to be held on November 27 before a lockdown and tightening of coronavirus restrictions forced its postponement.

Tonight’s Hall of Fame inductees include tennis champion John Fitzgerald, Paralympic all-rounder Kieran Modra, basketballers Julie Nykiel and Michael AhMatt and powerlifter Heidi Taylor.

While it will be a night of great celebration for many, it will likely be a bittersweet evening for Modra’s family.

The 47-year-old was killed after he was hit by a car travelling in the same direction on the Sturt Highway near the Barossa Valley on November 13, 2019.

Modra won five gold and five bronze medals at eight Paralympic Games from 1988 to 2016, along with seven World Championship golds and two silvers across cycling, swimming and athletics.

“We’re just so proud and I know how much he would have loved to be recognised for the time and effort he put into his sport and other young athletes with disabilities,” Modra’s wife Kerry said ahead of the hall of fame event.

“I just wish he was here to receive it. We miss him dearly.”

 InDaily has profiled the new hall of fame members in the lead up to the Sport SA Hall of Fame induction cocktail night at Adelaide Oval.

Read their stories here

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