Former AFL star Ben Cousins made history yet again as the first ever inductee into prestigious Downlow Medal Hall of Fame at a glittering ceremony in Melbourne.
The Downlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians.
The West Coast Eagles great filled his career with noteworthy off field performances and accepted the honour with customary grace and humility.
“Paaaaaaaaaarrrrrtty”!!!, he screamed.
Joining Cousins was ex Canbbera Raiders NRL player Joel Monaghan, who was praised for his promotion of the care and protection of animals and the RSPCA.
“I’ve always felt a special connection with animals so this award means a lot to me” he said.
Former Sydney Roosters and Cronulla Sharks NRL player Todd Carney earned a place for his work as ambassador for World Water Day, saying;
“…we have to think about what we consume every day. Remember, every drop counts”.
North Melbourne AFL player Wayne Carey will also go down in history for raising awareness of the sanctity of the family unit and joined Newcastle Knights legend Andrew Johns in the Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately, Rugby League immortal Johns was unable to attend the ceremony and accept his induction following an unexpected layover at Toowoomba airport.