LEGEND: Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
LEGEND: Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Graham Denholm

Goolagong Cawley honoured at Women in Sport awards night

TENNIS: Noosa's Evonne Goolagong Cawley became the fourth Hall of Fame inductee at the annual Women In Sport awards in Sydney, on Wednesday night.

The seven-time singles major winner joined fellow legends Betty Cuthbert, Layne Beachley and Susie O'Neill on the honour roll.

The 67-year-old was among a selection of women recognised at the function, with swimmer Cate Campbell acknowledged as the Australian Sportswoman of the Year.

Goolagong Cawley was one of the globe's best players during the 1970s.

After making the final at the 1970 Australian Open she became the only person to ever win the French Open in a first attempt.

It was the first of her seven slams, including four Australian Opens and two Wimbledon championships. She also won seven doubles titles at slams and three Fed Cups.

Earlier this year, she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her service to tennis and for being an advocate for the health, education and wellbeing of young indigenous people through participation in sport.

She is founder and chair of the Evonne Goolalong Foundation since 2012, founder of the Goolagong National Development Camp in 2005 and the Evonne Goolagong Sports Trust.

In June, she received the International Tennis Federation's top accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, for her service to tennis.

Meanwhile, Campbell edged a talented field of nominees for the night's main gong, including weight-lifter and cross-fit competitior Tia Clair Toomey, who grew up at Maroochy River.



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