The Queensland rowing legend joins a legion of sporting greats from the Sunshine State who have received the honour, including Allan Border, Kieren Perkins, Rod Laver, Wally Lewis and Cathy Freeman to name just a few.
“To be recognised alongside such notable and iconic names in Australian and international sport is incredibly special and I feel privileged and humbled,” Duncan Free said.
“For rowing to also be recognised gives me incredible pride as it’s a sport that brings out the best in an individual.”
A four-time Olympian, Duncan won bronze in the Quadruple Sculls at Atlanta in 1996 and competed at the highest level for the next 12 years culminating in a gold medal row with Drew Ginn in the Coxless Pair at the Beijing Olympics.
A Griffith graduate in Health, Duncan now is the Director of the University’s acclaimed Griffith Sports College fostering students who are also elite athletes, and assisting them in managing the balance between training and competition and study.