Former world champion marathon runner Robert de Castella will headline a panel of distinguished athletes to celebrate Victoria University’s annual sport dinner Monday 31 August.
The VU sport dinner brings together past and present sport stars, officials, researchers, students and fans to showcase VU as Australia’s leading sport university. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for VU’s elite student athletes.
As Australia’s most successful and best known marathon runner, “Deek’ as he is widely known, was named Australian of the Year in 1983 while setting world records and winning international championships throughout the 1980s. He competed in four consecutive Olympic Games until his retirement from competitive sport in 1992.
Since then, Deek has held several sport leadership roles and was awarded an Order of Australia in 2014 for his programs to promote health and fitness for children and Indigenous athletes.
Deek will discuss his latest role as director of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation which highlights how sport can encourage active lifestyles for at-risk communities by providing opportunities for Indigenous runners to compete in prestigious events, including the New York Marathon.
The evening will also include:
- Bianca Chatfield - Premiership Captain Melbourne Vixens, 2009, 2014 and Head Coach VU Netball Academy
- Mitch Wallis - Western Bulldog AFL player and current VU student.
The VU sport dinner will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the AFL Dining Room.
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