28 Jan 2018

Goolagong Cawley honoured with Order of Australia award

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Photo: Ben Solomon/Tennis AustraliaEvonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS)

Australia’s Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles in a decorated career, has been appointed as a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Australia Day Honours List. 

Goolagong Cawley, who won four major titles in her home country and was ranked No. 1 in 1971 and 1976, is the founder of the Evonne Goolagong Foundation – a foundation which, since its inception in the mid-1990s, has helped indigenous youths in Australia by using tennis as a vehicle to promote health, education and employment. 

The 66-year-old International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee was presented with her award by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night before the Australian Open women’s singles final, having captured her last title here in December 1977. 

Goolagong Cawley said: “After I was fortunate enough to achieve my dreams on the court, I have done my best to in turn, help young people achieve theirs, whatever they may be. 

“To be considered for any award, let alone this one, is a humbling experience, for all I have done in my life is to try hard at the things that I loved doing.”