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Pottharst named volleyball Hall of Famer
23:01 AEST Sat Jul 7 2012

Olympic gold and bronze medallist Kerri Pottharst is among the first six inductees into the Volleyball Australia Hall of Fame.

Triple-Olympian Pottharst represented Australia at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Games, winning gold in Sydney and bronze in Atlanta with partner Natalie Cook.

As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, Volleyball Australia inducted Pottharst, fellow beach volleyballer Julien Prosser and indoor volleyball legends Uldis Ozolins, Dan Howard, Di Biebrick and Pauline Manser.

Prosser is also a triple Olympian having competed at the same Games as Pottharst while Ozolins earned a place in the Hall of Fame as a pioneer of the sport and Australia's first ever international representative.

Howard a dual Olympian, competing in 2000 and 2004, was a true stalwart of the sport, representing Australia no less than 328 games, 144 times as captain.

Biebrick was the country's first ever Australian women's indoor representative, while Manser played 104 games for Australia.

Cook, who will this month become the first Australian woman to compete at five Games, and her London partner Tamsin Hinchley were recognised for their Olympic selection along with Australia No.1 beach volleyball duo Becchara Palmer and Louise Bawden.

The men's volleyball team, who secured a Games berth in a sensational last-ditch effort in Japan last month, were also congratulated. London will be only the third Olympics Australia will be represented in indoor volleyball.

"It was a fantastic celebration of volleyball - for the past, the present and the future," Volleyball Australia CEO Joan Perry said of Saturday night's black-tie affair.

"It was a milestone event for volleyball in Australia and a wonderful occasion to send off our players for London - a great way to recognise them on the eve of the greatest sporting event in the world."

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