Tennis champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley was awarded for her enormous contribution to Australian tennis on the international stage and her promotion of better education and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
The first Aboriginal Australian to succeed in tennis at an international level, Goolagong Cawley was ranked world number one from 1971-1976, won 92 pro tournaments, was a finalist at 18 Grand Slam events, won the French and Italian Opens, won the Australian Open four times and, in 1980 was the first mother to win Wimbledon in 66 years.
“From her position of success, she has used her immense talent and high profile to promote the sport of tennis, and through tennis, to support education, health and well-being initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.” Prof Lloyd said.
“Dream, believe, learn, achieve are the words Evonne has lived by and they are the motto of her foundation, which has already done so much for so many.
“Her Goolagong National Development Camp has awarded more than 50 school scholarships, supported and encouraged students to attend and graduate from university, become tennis players coaches and sports administrators.”
The Evonne Goolagong Foundation, which was established in 2012, is dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous children.