Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation and Veterans’ Affairs Hugh Delahunty
Minister Pays Tribute To Legendary Commentator Tony Charlton
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Sport and Recreation and Veterans’ Affairs Hugh Delahunty today paid tribute to the late Tony Charlton, describing him as the doyen of sports commentators.
Mr. Delahunty said Mr. Charlton, who passed away early today aged 83, set the benchmark to which all Australian sports commentators aspired.
“Tony mastered the art of a pause and he had an amazing capacity to paint the most vivid pictures with his wonderfully concise and clear commentary.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“Tony started his career in radio at 3AW before crossing to television where he called a multitude of sports ranging from Australian Rules to the Olympic Games.”
“Over 60 years he witnessed some of sport’s greatest moments, sharing them with generations of Australians.”
Mr. Delahunty said Mr. Charlton was a great friend of an advocate for war veterans, acting as Master of Ceremonies at commemorative services at the Shrine for more than 25 years, and he was a great supporter of the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize.
“In 1988 he was selected as the Australian commentator to present the Australians-at-War sequence from Gallipoli in the bicentennial telecast Australia Live.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“He was widely recognised for his immense contribution to our society, giving his time generously to a long list of charitable causes.”
“His great willingness to participate resulted in an OAM and AM and his induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the AFL Hall of Fame.”
“Our sympathies are with his wife Loris and the extended Charlton family.” Mr. Delahunty said.