Former Australian Netball Team doctor Grace Bryant OAM, has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the 33rd Induction and Awards Gala Dinner.
Dr Bryant, who was inducted into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame in 2012, was the Australian Netball Team doctor between 1991 and 1999. She was a part of many iconic Australian Netball moments including the 1991 Netball World Cup and 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Her success as a physician in the sports world is defined by the pride she took in helping elite athletes achieve their dream when hope was lost due to injury or sickness.
Providing athletes with her medical expertise in a supportive environment behind the scenes, always ready to be called on, was a mantra she followed.
“You’re basically there living with the athletes 24/7 for those three weeks plus – you work long hours and you share the on-call at night covering if anything occurs,” Bryant said.
“You’ve got to react to all types of circumstances that may arise and be supportive for your other colleagues and even more so be that little cog in the background for those athletes.”
Bryant’s career honours include the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to a wide range of sporting organisations, Induction into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame in 2012 and life membership of Netball NSW in 2017.
Bryant will make her swansong as Australia’s chief medical officer at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, her fifth in total, as she concentrates on working with the next generation.