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Glasgow born Tom Sermanni has been head coach of the Australian women's football team, the Matildas since 2005. This is his second spell in charge of the national side having first taken the reigns from 1994 to 1997. Last year he led the Matildas to claim the title of AFC Asian Cup Champions following their epic penalty shoot-out victory over DPR Korea. This is the first Australian team, male or female to achieve this accolade.
Tom moved to Canberra in 1984 as one of the first players to sign with the Canberra Metros in the NSW premier league in 1984 where he played the next six seasons before becoming player/manager with the same club for the following three years. Tom was appointed Head Coach at the Canberra Cosmos from 1999 to 2001as the team competed in the National Soccer League.
As a physical education teacher at St Francis Xavier High School in Canberra, Tom was also the ACT Schoolboys football coach for seven years from 1984 to 1991. Many of today's Socceroos benefited from his tutelage and such was the high regard in which Tom was held that his progression from Schoolboys squads to Coach of the Men's Program at the Australian Institute of Sport for 1991 and 1992 seemed natural. During his tenure at the AIS, he oversaw the promotion of a number of players to national league level and onto international representation with the Socceroos.
Tom was voted AFC Coach of the Year in 2007 and the Matildas, under his charge, were named AFC Team of the Year in 2010. He lead the Matildas in the 2011 FIFA World Cup Finals held in Germany, marking his third FIFA World Cup campaign. Previous Canberra players and ACTSport Hall of Fame inductees such as Julie Murray and Sacha Wainwright had the privilege of being part of Tom Sermanni's coaching programs and his legacy continues through the coaching of other more contemporary players such as Sally Shipard, Caitlin Munoz and Lydia Williams.
Born in Canberra Sarah (Taylor) Young was born to play hockey with her Dad and two older brothers all playing or heavily involved in the administration of Hockey in the ACT. Sarah started playing hockey (minkey) at the early age of 4 for United Hockey Club. At an early age she showed her talent as midfielder with excellent passing and vision being her biggest assets on the hockey pitch.
Sarah commenced her representative career in 1996 when she was selected to play in the ACT Under 16 School Girls Hockey team. She then progressed through the ranks of Under 18 and Under 21 levels to make her debut in the Senior’s in 1998 when she was selected to play for the Canberra Strikers in the Australian Hockey League. Sarah played for the Canberra Strikers up until 2008 and during this time she played 77 matches and scored 24 goals and in 2004 was awarded the Player of the Series.
In 2001 she was selected to play for Australia at the Hockey World Cup held in Argentina where the team won the bronze medal. From 2002 to 2008 Sarah was a familiar face in the Australian Hockeyroos side.
In 2006 Sarah was integral part of the Hockeyroos team that won Gold at the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne in 2006 when they defeated India 1-0.
Manchester Olympic Games 2004-Sarah had to withdraw from the Australian team due to injury. Sarah was selected in the team for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 where Australia came 5th.
Sarah played 173 games for Australia scoring 25 goals.
Since his first steps on the ice at the age of 11, in Melbourne, and right up to his recent retirement, Reg has devoted his life to skating and coaching.
Reg Park was the first Australian male figure skater to compete at the 1950 World Championships, an Australian Mens Singles Champion, two times Australian National Pairs Champion, placed second at the British Championships, 1953 World Professional Champion and a renowned national and international coach and judge.
After competing at the World Championships Reg spent the best part of three decades performing in, choreographing and producing professional ice shows across Europe and Britain, especially as part of the great and famous Wembley Ice Shows, in England.
Reg used his expertise to coach many ACT skaters to national and international level, Miriam Manzano being one of his students and now a coach herself, with many of his other past students becoming successful coaches also.
Reg's flamboyant style and professional ice show experience was evident in the very popular, amateur Christmas Ice Follies Show he established in Canberra, which became a yearly event up until the late 1990s.
The extremely popular ACTISA Reg Park Artistic Trophy, which draws competitors from all states in Australia, has been awarded since 1999. It was established to advance the art of figure skating (as an artistic competition) and to honour the contribution of our long time coach Reg Park.
Reg was inducted into Ice Skating Australia's Inaugural Hall of Fame in 2004, was the recipient of the Australian Year of the Elderly Persons Achievement Award in 1999 and the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for "competitive history and services to the sport in coaching". The ACT Ice Skating Association Inc also presented Reg with an ACTISA Life Membership of in 2007 for "his contribution to the sport of figure skating in the ACT". Reg Park is internationally renowned for his skating career, his professional ice shows and his coaching achievements.
Born in Canberra and nicknamed Bevo, Michael Bevan made his first-class debut in 1989-90 in South Australian colours, hitting a thrilling century in his first innings, before the completion of a 12-month stint at the Academy led to a move back to New South Wales. It was in Sydney that he began to make his greatest strides as a player, quickly assuming a regular middle-order berth in the strongest state team in the country.
Regularly dubbed the world's best limited-overs batsman. Bevan made some unforgettable memories in the green and gold one-day uniform, finishing with 232 appearances and a phenomenal average of 53.58 that was boosted by six centuries, 46 fifties and 67 not outs.
Bevan enjoyed a promising start to his Test career with 82 in his debut innings and another two half-centuries in his first series against Pakistan in 1994-95. He will long be remembered for his pair of sensational innings against West Indies at Sydney in 1996 and New Zealand at Melbourne in 2002, when nerveless batting and juggling of the tail secured nail-biting victories. Picking the gaps, running hard and knowing the right moment - and place - to hit a boundary were the hallmarks of his success. He was also a fine fieldsman and his left-arm wrist spin, which swung from erratic to more than useful, added to his lure and allowed him to play Tests as a batting allrounder.
In 2005 Bevan signed a two-year deal with Tasmania and proved his days of domination were not finished when he struck a domestic record 1464 runs in the Pura Cup, including eight centuries. He was named the Pura Cup Player of the Year and his Bradmanesque scoring achieved an average of 97.60 when in 2007 he retired from cricket.
Major teams: Australia, Chennai Superstars, Kent, Leicestershire, New South Wales, South Australia, Sussex, Tasmania, Yorkshire
James Hird was born in Canberra and was a resident until 1990 when he was drafted from Ainslie Football Club to Essendon Football Club in the AFL draft. Hird’s football career started in the local ACT competition where he played for Ainslie and won numerous club and representative awards as a junior.
He played his first Senior game in 1990 at the age of 17 and was a member of the 1990 Premiership side. In 1990 he played 7 Senior games (kicked 17 goals), 5 Reserve games and was a member of the 1990 ACT Representative team.
He was a great ambassador and role model for the region as he always identifies himself as an Ainslie and Canberra junior player. Hird has greatly promoted the image and reputation of Canberra as a home for AFL Talent and continues to be recognised as one of the best players to come out of the ACT/NSW Region.
Since joining the Essendon Football Club in 1990 he will be remembered as one of the greatest players of his era having played 253 games kicking 343 Goals and being one of the stars of the Essendon Bombers. Further elite level achievements include:
James retired from playing with the Bombers in 2007. In September 2010 James was appointed the Coach of Essendon Football Club.
From the date of his arrival in Queanbeyan in 1963 Bob has been associated with local rugby. Since his days as a player with the Whites, Bob has always been active the development of the game. He has been a coach, coach educator, mentor, selector and Board member at club and state levels. Before being appointed to ACT coaching positions, he successfully coached junior and club rugby sides. Bob coached ACT rugby squads for nine years highlighted by matches against many interstate and international teams including Queensland, NSW, the NZ All Blacks, the British Lions, England, France and Fiji. He was honoured to be appointed national coach for the Australian Under 21s, Emerging Wallabies and Australian Women between 1990 and 2002 . He was on the coaching staff for women’s teams for two World Cups and twice has taken women’s teams to the Hong Kong 7s. In addition to these duties Bob has presented sessions overseas at seminars and workshops and has been a technical advisor in Tonga and Japan.
Administratively Bob initiated and conducted a number of talent identification and development projects for local players and was involved with the AIS rugby scholarship program from its inception until 1995. He developed and administered the ARU’s Level 3 Coaching Program and continues to mentor rugby coaches. He has been active in monitoring the performance of earlier World Cup candidates for the ARU. He was an accredited trainer for the International Rugby Board. He has been a member of the ACT judiciary and a number of ACT sports working groups.
He has continued to demonstrate his long term commitment to rugby with his involvement with the ACTORS (ACT Old Rugby Society)
Bob has twice been recognised as ACT Rugby Coach of the Year. He was awarded an OAM for services to rugby as well as being awarded Life Member status with both Queanbeyan and the ACT Rugby Unions.
An Australian football legend Ned Zelic has been a standard-bearer for Australian footballers throughout his career. He was one of the early football pioneers who went overseas to embark on a career in Europe. Ned is part of an elite group of Australian footballers that have competed in a major European final and had experience in playing for eight major football playing nations and a regular with the Socceroos.
A product of the now named Canberra FC (formerly Canberra Croatia Deakin Football Club), Ned started his professional career in the National Soccer League where he played with clubs Sydney United and Sydney Olympic.
As a Socceroo representative from 1991 he played 32 times for his country and scored three goals, representing Australia in the 1992 Summer Olympics where they finished 4th. Ned was a member of the Australian team that were runner’s up in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and also gained a J-League Cup winners medal whilst with Urawa Reds in 2003.
Ned spent most of the 1990s playing in Europe, most notably for Borussia Dortmund where he reached the UEFA Cup Final in his first season with the club losing to Juventus Turin of Italy and won the German Bundesliga title in 1995. He also played for clubs Auxerre (France), Munich 1860, Entracht Frankfurt, Urawa Diamonds (Japan Cup winner) and finally Dinamo Tblisi (league champion). Ned also played one year in the inaugural A-League for the Newcastle Jets.
Since his retirement from the game Ned has become a much-loved football commentator and analyst on SBS television taking part in their productions of the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and 2010 and the 2008 European Championships, amongst other competitions.
Throughout his career as a player and as a TV commentator and football analyst, Ned Zelic has always been a strong advocate of football. He has inspired many youngsters to take up the game through his actions at club and international level. Showing a passion for the sport that is almost second-to-none he is a widely recognised face within the game. Ned Zelic is a highly credentialed player and role model. Throughout his playing career he demonstrated sound values of fair play, honesty, commitment to his professional player status and serving his country. He is well recognised and respected for his contributions to football and is both modest and gracious when it comes to acknowledging his achievements.
Ned has been a regular contributor to the growth of football throughout his career and has paved the way to enable many Australians to ply their trade in the top European leagues. He was inducted into the ACT Football Federation Hall of Fame in 2010.
Ben grew up in Canberra and played hockey with United Hockey Club from the age of four. Ben progressed through the ACT junior representative teams before playing as a midfielder for the Canberra Lakers in the National Hockey League/Australian Hockey League between 1994 and 2006, and again in 2008.
Ben gained selection to the Australian U21 side in 1996 and 1997. In 1997 he was an integral member Australia’s first winning Junior World Cup team in Milton Keynes, England.
Impressing selectors during the Canberra Lakers second placing in the 1998 Australian Hockey League Ben further advanced his playing career that year. His contribution to the Laker’s result and was rewarded with a position in the senior Australian squad. He made his international debut at the 1998 Champions Trophy Tournament in Lahore, Pakistan.
A talented midfielder, Ben’s excellent elimination and passing skills were complemented by a high work rate. Ben’s career with the Kookaburras spanned six years from 1998 to 2004. He played 83 international games, scoring 15 goals. Ben capped his best 12 months in international hockey with a silver medal at the 2001 Champions Trophy Tournament (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester, England).
Participation in International Tournaments:
• Champions Trophy
2001 Rotterdam 2nd
1998 Lahore 3rd
2002 Cologne 5th
• Commonwealth Games
2002 Manchester 1st
• Azlan Shah
2004 Kuala Lumpur 1st
2001 Kuala Lumpur 3rd
• 6 Nation Invitational Tournament
2002 Kuala Lumpur 2nd
• Junior World Cup
1997 Milton Keynes 1st
The name Tim Sheens is synonymous with the sport rugby league. With a career that spans more than forty years, Tim’s contribution to the game has been more than just player and coach. He has mentored many league greats including Greg Alexander, Laurie Daley, Mal Meninga, Royce Simmons, Ricky Stuart and Benji Marshall. Tim’s coaching technique combines tradition and innovation, which not only produces an exciting style of football, but which has allowed his longevity in an evolving sport.
Tim, like his grandfather, was a Penrith Junior. In 1968, in his final year at St Gregory’s, Tim captained his team to a grand final victory in the MCS Competition. From 1970 to 1982, Tim played 177 first grade matches for the Penrith Panthers.
In 1984, the Panthers offered Tim his first coaching role, Coaching Manager. That same year, he won Dally M Coach of the Year – the first of many. The following year, Tim took the Panthers to their first Finals Series.
Tim moved to Canberra to head the Raiders in 1988, and in 1989, he took them to their inaugural premiership. In 1990, the Raiders were both minor premiers and winners of the grand final, achieving back-to-back premierships. Again, Tim won Dally M Coach of the Year. In 1991, he took his team to a third consecutive Grand Final however in 1992, with salary cap issues and a team torn apart, the Raiders missed the Finals. Tim played an instrumental role in rebuilding the Raiders, and in 1994, they won their third premiership. Tim managed to take the Raiders to eight Finals Series but after nine seasons, he moved north to coach the North Queensland Cowboys in the Super League.
In 2003, a struggling Wests Tigers, in need of a coach with both the ability to change an indifferent culture and develop a group of juniors, sought the services of Tim Sheens. In 2005, he unexpectedly took them to their first Finals Series and first premiership. Again, Tim secured Dally M Coach of the Year.
With a CV that boasts four premierships, most matches as an NRL coach, coach of City Origin, NSW State of Origin, NSW Tri-Series, Australian World Nines, and Australia, there is no rugby league coach more experienced than Tim Sheens.
Joan Kellett has dedicated more than forty years to the sport of swimming within the ACT and surrounding area, much of it as president of the local peak swimming body. Her Contribution has spanned both administration and active officiating. Unquestionably, Joan has clocked up more hours officiating at swimming events than any other person in the ACT and she is still an active official.
Joan joined the Dickson Swimming Club in 1967 and almost instantly became involved by initiating a free Learn-to-Swim program. She was awarded Life Membership of the Dickson Swimming Club for her dedicated service.
In 1985 Joan became President of Capital Territory Amateur Swimming Association (CTASA) which was later renamed ACT Swimming and then Swimming ACT.
During her tenure at the helm of local swimming she oversaw significant changes to the sport. The most significant of these changes was a move from a summer only sport to a year round activity. Joan was instrumental in the development of our Swimming Program for People with Disabilities which is still continuing after almost 20 years ago. She was active member on the 2008 Pacific School Games (PSG) working party and headed the specific swimming working party for these Games.
She was a volunteer at the Sydney Olympic Games and the Paralympics in 2000 and continues this close relationship with the Olympic Council. She has been a volunteer and official at Australian School Swimming Championships on a number of occasions. She still attends club night races, Special Olympic meets, school swimming carnivals as well as numerous local meets where she continues to work as an official.
Joan noticed early on how few women pariticpated in sports administration. Consequently she was involved in the Women in Sport Committee for many years and continues to network in this area. She was a member of the Minister’s Advisory Committee for Sports and Recreation for some years and it’s chair for three years.
One of her abiding passions is that all children should be water safe and by the time they finish primary school should not only be water safe but be able to swim thirty to fifty metres.
In addition to her swimming activities, Joan spent many years involved in the Girl Guides, she is an active in the YMCA, a community representative on the ACT Schools Authority for four years, and still on the Board of Turner School, and as a community advocate.
1973 – 1981 Office bearer of the ACT Swimming Council
1981 - 1985 Secretary of Capital Territory Amateur Swimming Association (CTASA)
1985 – 2004 President of CTASA (which later renamed Swimming ACT)
2007 – present Secretary of Swimming ACT
Joan’s dedication across so many years, in so many fields, is inspirational.
Australian Brennon Dowrick is one of Australia’s most successful gymnasts. He has represented Australia at two Olympic games, three Commonwealth Games and seven World Championships. Brennon was Australia’s first ever gymnastics Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist in 1990, a feat he repeated in 1994. He also was Australia’s first Olympic games finalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
From the age of seven, Brennon had the goal of representing his country at the Olympic games. Originally he was a member of Canberra United Gymnastics Club, joining the Australian Institute of Sport at the age of twelve and spending sixteen years on scholarship. Brennon lived through highs and lows with an unwavering passion to achieve beyond his dreams.
Brennon has been speaking since the age of twelve when he started winning high school public speaking competitions. Upon his retirement from gymnastics in 2000, speaking became Brennon’s full time career.
In addition to his elite sporting career, Brennon completed a journalism degree and worked with one of Australia’s leading corporations. Brennon is married to Kym and is father to Nathan, Mia, Troy and Kira. Fatherhood, he believes, is the most challenging career of all! These life experiences allow him to understand the demands of corporate life and to motivate and lead others to achieve success.
In the near future Brennon and his business partners will be opening the first All Round Gymnastics Centre on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. All Round Gymnastics will be a recreational gym for ages 12 months to adult and will offer an exceptional and unique gymnastics program for all who attend.
Peter Baskett was a moving force in the administration of basketball in Canberra in its formative years and through its development as a State organisation following separation from NSW in 1965. Peter was the administrative rudder that saw the Association evolve from the kitchen table to a professionally managed organisation (1976 -86).
He is one of a small band of enthusiasts who, during a period when “that American game” was not well known and fighting for recognition, saw the potential of the sport as a fine recreational sport and its for its broader appeal.
During his term as ACT representative on the Committee and, later, the Board of the Australian Basketball Federation (now Basketball Australia), Peter strongly advanced the position of the ACT in decisions affecting Australian basketball. He was able to take an Australian view, rather than the prevailing parochial state view, to Committee meetings. He was a strong advocate in promoting the equality of women’s basketball. This approach and persistence is evidenced by the high world standing attained today by Australia’s women players.
Peter was the first President of the Women’s National Basketball League. At the end of his term (1990) all States & and the ACT had teams in the League, making it the only truly national league in any women’s sport.
His commitment has been unstinting and far in excess of that which might be expected in the normal course of his responsibilities. Basketball both locally and nationally has been well served by Peter and the sport and community is richer for that commitment.
Peter has continued to support local basketball in his role as Voluntary Chairman and Member of the Basketball ACT Disciplinary Tribunal.
Australian Sports Medal 2000
Life Member Basketball Canberra 1981
First Life Member Women’s National Basketball League 1990
President 1971,72,78 – 91
Immediate Past President 1992-93
Vice president 1973, 75, 76,77
Competition Chairman 1968
Committee Member 1967, 69, 70
Guardian, Code of Conduct 1999-2000
Member Australian Basketball Federation Committee 1968 - 1991
President Women’s National Basketball League 1986 - 1990
Hear of Delegation Australian Womens’ Teams 1984 Cuba 1986 China 1988
Joe Roff has had a highly successful Rugby Union Career since his high school years, where he played in the undefeated Marist College 1st XV in 1992 and 1993, as well as
making the Australian U16 team in 1991, and the Australian School’s in 1992-1993.
He played for the Tuggeranong Vikings 1sts who were premiers in 1994, and in the period of
1994-1995 made his ACT debut, played in the Australian 7s, Australian XV, Australian U19s and U21s, and the emerging Wallabies.
He won his first test cap for the Wallabies at age 19 in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. He was awarded the Young Australian of the Year in the UK in 2007, for dedication to rugby and career training and education.
Joe was an inaugural member of the ACT Brumbies team playing 86 matches from 1996 to 2004, scoring 590 points. While he was at the Brumbies, they were champions of the then Super 12 competition in 2001 and 2004, and were finalists in 1997 and 2000. He was the highest try scorer in Super 12 History, scoring 58 tries, which was one quarter of all Brumbies tries scored at the time of his retirement, and was Super 12 Player of the Year in 2001 and 2004.
As a Wallaby, Joe played 86 test matches (31 tries, 244 points), was a member of the World Cup winning team in 1999, and represented Australia at 3 World Cups. He was also part of Wallaby teams that won the Tri Nations in 2000 and 2001 and completed a successful series against the British and Irish Lions. Joe was chosen in the Australian team of the decade for the 90’s.
Joe also played for French Champions Biarritz Olympique in 2001/2002, and played for Kubota Company in Japan in 2005. He then went on to study Philosophy, Politics and
Economics at Oxford University, where he played in two Varsity matches at Twickenham in 2006, captaining the side in 2007.
Joe currently lives Canberra with his wife Sarah and his three children.
Sacha was born in Canberra in 1972. She played Australia Rules football for an all boys team in Canberra from 8 years old and then started playing football at age 11 while living in the United States. Returning to Canberra aged 14 in 1986, she joined Western Creek Soccer Club and progressed through the ACT representative schools, youth and senior teams, representing the ACT for over 18 years. She was an ACT Academy of Sport scholarship holder for approximately ten years and an AIS scholarship holder for about seven years.
Sacha progressed through the young Matildas to the Matildas and earned her first international cap against Russia in 1994 at age 22. As the holder of Matildas international cap number 76, Sacha represented Australia at senior level for over 12 years with 65 A-international caps including 2 World Cups and 2 Olympics, being the 1995 World Cup Sweden, the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the 2003 World Cup USA and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
She was the vice captain of the Matildas between 2002 & 2004 and captain of the Canberra Eclipse in the former Womens National League including when Canberra became National League Champions in 2002. She overcame several injury set backs during her career to get back to international level including recovering from 3 separate knee reconstructions at various times during her career.
Sacha retired from international level football after the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, which the first time Australia had progressed to the quarter finals of a World Cup or Olympics and the Matildas best ever result at a major tournament of 5th place.
Her record throughout her 18 years of football at elite level is all the more remarkable as she managed a busy workload as an elite athlete with school, law studies at university and practicing as a lawyer, while competing for Australia. She was awarded with the AIS Vocational Award and the ACT Academy of Sport Balanced Athlete.
In 2000, she also received the Australia Sports Medal for contribution to Australian sport and has been for a volunteer on various sports committees and associations.
Sacha Wainwright is one of Canberra’s highest profiled and most capped football players along with Julie Murray, Ned Zelic and Carl Valeri in the modern era.
Gary Belcher was a champion rugby league fullback for the Canberra Raiders, who also represented his native Queensland in State of Origin and his country Australia. Belcher was a Souths Magpies junior (Queensland) who arrived in Canberra in 1986 along with Mal Meninga, to commence an eight year career with the Raiders.
In Belcher’s first and second years with the club (1986 and 1987) he picked up Player of the Year awards and was a part of the team which made the club’s first ever first grade Grand Final, losing 18-8 to the Manly Sea Eagles. It was obvious from his first two seasons at the club that he was going to become a club legend, with his feats from fullback allowing him to gain selection for Queensland and
then for the Australian Kangaroos. In 1989 Belcher was an instrumental part of the Raiders push towards their first ever premiership and scored a try in the epic 19-14 extra time win over the more fancied Balmain Tigers in the grand final. Belcher added a second premiership win to his resume in
1990 when the Raiders defeated Penrith 18-14 to win back to back premierships and was a whisker away from three premierships in a row until the Raiders were beaten by Penrith 19-12 in the 1991 decider.
An injury plagued season in 1992 hampered Belcher’s career and he finished in Canberra in 1993 after playing 148 first grade matches for the club. In his time at the Raiders, Belcher managed to amass 572 points including 69 tries and 148 goals. Belcher was named in the Raiders all time greatest team at
fullback during the clubs 25th anniversary season in 2006.
• 1983-1985 Souths Magpies (Brisbane), 95 matches
• 2008 Selected in Souths Magpies Team of the Century
• 1986-1993 Canberra Raiders, 148 matches
• 1988-1989 Castleford, 11 matches
Premiership winner Brisbane Souths 1985 and Canberra 1989 & 1990
• 1986-1993 Queensland, 16 matches
• 1996 and 2005 Queensland State of Origin Legends Teams
• 1986-1991 Australia, 15 matches
• 1986 and 1990 Kangaroo Tours (England and France)
• 1989 Australian Team Tour (New Zealand)
• 1991 Australian Team Tour (Papua New Guinea)
• 1991 Captained Australia against PNG Island Zone
• Raiders - Player of the Year 1986 and 1987;
• Player’s Player 1986;
• Highest Point scorer 1988;
• Clubman of the Year 1993;
• NSWRL and ARL - Dally M Fullback of the Year 1987,1989, 1990;
• Dally M Highest Points Scorer ARL 1988 and
• Dally M Representative Player of the Year 1990
Ron started his passion for lawn bowls after retiring from Rugby Union. He then thought he’d try his hand at Golf and joined Yowani Golf Club. The club later became the Yowani Country Club and introduced lawn bowls.
Ron took up the challenge and was soon elected to the bowls committee where he was an active member. In 1974 – 1977 Ron was President of the Bowls committee and also became a board member of Yowani and from 2001 to 2007 was Deputy President. As a player he won 3 club major pairs, 1 triples and 1 fours championships, and has played over 350 Pennant Games for Yowani. Ron’s passion for bowls administration began when he was elected Yowani’s delegate to the Federal District Bowls Association in 1974 (later to become Bowls ACT). In 1975 -1978 he was elected to the Pennant and Match Committee of the FEDBA (now Bowls ACT). His involvement in Bowls includes the following:
• 1978- 1982: Chairman of Match Committee & Vice President of FEDBA
• 1986 – 1988: President of ACT Bowls Association (now Bowls ACT).
• 1988 – 1990: Immediate Past President and Executive Member of ACTBA
• 1988 – 1994: Delegate to Australian Bowls and Confederation of Australian Sports.
• 1989: Manager of Australian Team to Pacific Championships in Fiji.
• 1989-1992: Chairman of Australian Selectors
• 1990 to 1992: Vice President of Bowls Australia.
• 1990 to 1992: Treasurer of ACTBA
In 1992 Ron was the first elected President of Bowls Australia. During his term (1992-1994) he was an executive member of the World Bowls board, member of the rules committee of World Bowls Board and Executive member of Australian Commonwealth Games Association.
In 1993 he coached an Australian Under 25’s tour to Malaysia and Hong Kong and in 1994 was the bowls coach at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. In 1994 he was chairman of the Bowls Event Management for Australian Bowls. Ron developed the first strategic plan for Bowls Australia, introducted the interstate five-a-side tournament, saw the re-induction of the Jack-High Tournament and the acceptance of coloured clothing and narrow biased bowls.
In 1996 Ron became a selector and then Chairman of Selectors and Treasurer for Bowls ACT.
Ron was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and is a life member of Bowls ACT and Yowani Country Club.
Jim has had a life-long association with Football and Futsal (five-a-side football) across all facets of the games: as a professional player, administrator and coach.
Under his stewardship the Australian Futsal Team qualified for, and competed at, three consecutive FIFA Futsal World Championships Finals (World Cups) in 1992, 1996, and 2000 - an accomplishment achieved by only three other coaches in the world.
Jim is a veteran of some 66 international games as the Australian national team’s head coach. Jim had a huge impact on the development of Futsal, both in Australia and internationally. He played a key role in bringing Futsal to Australia from Brazil in 1986 and worked tirelessly to develop the sport within FIFA. He travelled extensively for 15 years on this mission, as a national coach, FIFA instructor, and senior administrator.
In 1987 Jim and Charles Perkins AO devised the first Aboriginal Futsal Cup with Canada and Jim coached the first Australian Aboriginal Futsal Team. He developed and implemented five nationally televised national leagues for Futsal between 1988 and 1995 and was an official delegate to the first FIFA Congress on Futsal in Guatemala in 2000.
Jim designed and implemented a successful international Futsal training program for athletes,
coaches and officials, utilising international exchange programs (especially to Brazil), a key purpose of which was skills development for traditional football. He developed Futsal’s coaching accreditation courses which are used internationally.
He also negotiated the partnership between the ACT Government and the Brazilian Olympic Committee for Brazilian pre-Olympic Games training in Canberra and was a member of the 2000 Olympic Games Football Taskforce.
Jim is also indefatigable in his pursuit of the recognition of governments and the broader community of the benefits that participation in all sports bring to the community. To this end he devoted 17 years of service as President of ACT Sports House, which under his Presidency became ACTSport, the peak industry body for sport in the ACT. Jim was President from 1985 until 2003.
Jim was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his contribution to the development of sport in Australia, and in the same year was presented with an achievement award by the CBFS (Brazilian Futsal Confederation) for his contribution to the development of Futsal throughout the world.
Peter Ryan was a trail blazer for ACT Rugby Union with a distinguished playing career in the late 50’s and 60’s.
For selection in the Australian team Peter had to first be selected in the ACTRU representative side then compete against the NSW Country side for selection in that side. He then had to play against the NSW metropolitan side to gain selection in the NSW Waratahs.
The NSW team then played against the Queensland state team and from there the Australian Wallaby side was selected. Peter achieved full selection despite residing in the ACT and regions. The ACTRU at that stage did not have full state status hence Peter had to compete against the whole of NSW in the initial selection process.
Peter captained the Queensland Tour in 1966 and his overall career saw him play in 150+games for the Queanbeyan Whites, 40 ACTRU representative games, 12 NSW County and 14 NSW Waratahs games. Peter played 27 games for the Wallabies including 2 overseas tours to South Africa in 1963 and Tour of the British Isles, France and Canada in 1966/67, 4 full internationals 3 home and one overseas test where he scored 9 points on debut in the famous 18-9 victory at Sydney in 1963, the first home test win in 29 years for Australia. Peter was the top point scorer in the 1963 tour of South Africa scoring 79 points in 14 games. For his performance in the opening match of the tour Peter was awarded the “The Springfield Tyre Co” award.
Peter had a distinguished playing career and unselfishly contributed to his sport, representing Rugby at the highes level at great personal expense to himself, returning from the 1966 Tour of the British Isles ‘Penniless broke’ yet unswerving in his dedication to the sport that he so dearly loved.
Peter has been a role model for players and officials alike in ACT Rugby and still commands respect not only from his famous international peers in the game but all in the sport and the community who know him. In 1960 and 1963 Peter was awarded by the ACT Rugby Union “Best and Fairest” Award. In those days it was called " The Castrol Cup - Tommy Byrne Memorial Trophy".
Over the years he has continued to contribute through various coaching roles with Marist College and earlier the ACT
Katrina was born in Canberra on the 8 April 1972 and started playing Hockey at the age of 8 for St Pat’s Hockey Club. She played for the Canberra Strikers in the Australian Hockey League since its inception in 1993. Katrina commenced her International representative career in 1993 when she was selected to represent Australia at the Junior World Cup in Barcelona. Katrina joined her sister Lisa Carruthers in the senior national team when she was selected in 1994. Since then she has represent Australia at three Olympic Games, two Commonwealth games, two world Cups and six Champions Trophy with a career total of 252 games at international level scoring 141 goals. In January 1997 Katrina was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of the Gold medal win at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Katrina added captaining her country to a major tournament success to an already brilliant career at the Champions Trophy in 2003. She is a speedy striker with an uncanny goal sense and was the top goal scorer at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The dual Olympic Gold medalist sits second on the all-time Hockeyroos goal scorer’s list with more than 120 goals, played her 100th international at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and scored her 100th international goal in New Zealand during the 2001 season, becoming only the third Australian woman to do so. Katrina was also the Australian Hockey League’s leading goal scorer in 2003.
Katrina remains very close to the sport today and coaches at the elite level for Hockey Australia.
1993 – Silver at the Junior World cup in Barcelona
1996 – Gold at the Atlanta Olympic Games
1997 - Gold at the Champions Trophy held in Berlin
1998 – Gold at Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games
Gold at the World Cup held in Utrecht.
1999 – Gold at the Champions Trophy held in Brisbane
2000 - Bronze at the Champions Trophy held in Amsterdam
Gold at the Sydney Olympic Games
2001 - Bronze at the Champions Trophy held in Amsterdam
2002 - 4th at the Champions Trophy held in Macau
4th at the World Cup held in Perth
Bronze at the Commonwealth Games held in Manchester
2003 - Gold at the Champions Trophy held in Sydney
2004 - 5th at the Olympic Games held in Athens.
Siân Mulholland has made a significant contribution to women’s cycling through coaching development, administration, organisation and being a mentor for many young and not-so-young cyclists since she moved to the ACT 30 years ago. Siân commenced cycling in Gilgandra, NSW in 1971 and was the only female in a club of 30 members. Siân competed in country areas with considerable success in an era where championships were not conducted for females, as they were not permitted to compete in State and National Championships and became the first woman to represent Australia in the World Track Cycling Championships. Her time for the 200m sprint was in the top 10 fastest in the world and history was made, as since that year Australian women have competed in every World Championships.
Since then Siân’s involvement in the sport of cycling has spanned all levels of competition. In addition, she has become involved in a diverse range of other development and promotional activities, all with the express aim of encouraging more women to become involved in cycling and to achieve the greatest enjoyment possible from the sport at whatever level of participation they choose. In 1990 Siân retired from elite competition and focussed on other areas of development for women’s cycling.
During the 1980s, Siân’s contribution to women’s cycling included:
• negotiating with clubs and promoters for the inclusion of women’s events on various open carnival programs, both on road and track, and in some cases making all the arrangements to allow the participation to occur;
• securing significant sponsorship and publicity for the women’s category in such notable events such as the Canberra Tour;
• promotion of women’s events, especially by encouraging female cyclists to compete in events that they would not normally have considered attending and thereby ensuring fields large enough to guarantee credibility for the women’s category;
• holding office as secretary of her local cycling club;
• contributing articles on women’s cycling in Active, the then newsletter of the Australian Sports Commission’s Women in Sport Unit;
• writing a regular column for the national publication AustralaSiân Cycling and Triathlon News, including results, technical information and comment on contentious issues in women’s cycling; and
• conducting the first Australian women’s cycling camp in Canberra, which was attended by 30 women cyclists and which was the basis for a $10,000 grant from the ASC to conduct a further series of women’s camps around Australia;
Since 1990, Siân’s significant achievements in the promotion and development of women’s cycling include:
• as an accredited coach, coaching a previously unknown Canberra cyclist to a NSW state championship win and third place in an Australian Championship, after which time the cyclist was offered an ACTAS scholarship;
• obtaining radio coverage for Canberra’s Tour de Femme women’s bicycle race (largest female only cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere) and providing commentary for that broadcast and over several years, conducting a six-week training program for women wanting to compete in the Tour de Femme;
• Being a founding member and ongoing coach and office bearer of Females in Training, a Canberra-based fitness organisation created to provide opportunities for women to participate in a range of activities including cycling. This organisation has contributed to a significantly larger number of women participating in cycling both in Canberra and further afield;
• organising and conducting four weekend cycling camps for women cyclists from beginner to intermediate level to improve skills and, where desired, provide an entrée to competitive cycling;
• conducting a number of skills sessions for women cyclists at the novice level;
• assisting in coaching clinics for junior cyclists, including girls and boys;
• managing the US-based Saturn professional women’s cycling team (including former Olympian and World Cup Champion Anna Millward) in the 2000 Tour de Snowy;
• developing a women’s cycling strategy for the ACT Cycling Federation in 2001, aimed at creating initiatives to encourage more women into competitive cycling and conducting training sessions for women participating in the initiatives, as well as riding with the women in races to provide tips and advice in situ;
• producing a cycle racing manual and conducting a six-week training program for a group of women competing in the cycling events at the Australian Masters Games in 2001;
• assisting in the organisation of and coaching for (the cycling component of) the Canberra Women and Girls Triathlon, a participation-based event with a primary focus on getting women and girls involved rather than on winning;
• in 2001-02 being on the ACT Cycling Federation committee, with a portfolio focussing on women’s issues;
• coaching the Canberra-based women selected in the AIS’s 2002 Track Sprint Cycling talent identification squad, one of whom was included in the Australian team for the Oceania Games in 2004;
• coaching a Canberra-based under-15 girl cyclist to the best placing of all ACT U15 cyclists at the 2004 Australian Track Championships;
• coaching a squad of Canberra-based Masters Women, one of whom achieved fourth place in the World Masters Track Cycling Championships in 2004 and was named ACT Women Masters Track Cyclist of the Year for 2003-04;
• conducting regular weekly coaching sessions for novice women since 1995; and
• Mentoring a group of women working towards Level 1 cycling coaching accreditation.
While undertaking all of these activities, Siân has remained an active cyclist and was named ACT Masters Track Cyclist of the Year for 2003.
In more recent times Siân has been very successful with her coaching of Vicki Whitelaw, Bron Ryan and Chloe Hosking.
Born in Canberra, Ante Juric was arguably one of Australia’s most cultured defenders. A product of local club, Canberra Deakin (now Canberra FC) he played professionally for 13 years in Australia, Europe and Asia. He learnt his football skills as a junior alongside other quality international players like Ned Zelic, Josip Simunic and George Kulscar.
Ante first represented Australia in every game at the World Youth Championships in 1993 where Australia come fourth after losing to eventual world champions, Brazil in the semi-final. He started his senior representative career quite late after he produced a heroic performance by playing with a dislocated elbow in the 2002 National Soccer League Grand Final win with Sydney Olympic over Perth Glory at Subiaco Oval. He was in his late 20’s and it was during an era of football where talent was often overlooked for brawn and fitness. He went on to play for the Socceroos (cap 471) four times including against New Caledonia in the 2002 Oceania nations Cup final in Auckland. It was surprising to many that Ante did not play more times for the national team.
Ante had a very successful National Soccer League career playing in over 200 games and scoring over 20 goals for Melbourne Knights, Sydney Olympic and the Canberra Cosmos. Technically, Ante was second to none, his vision and composure often stopped opposition raids and inevitably started raids.
Ante has retired from international football and has turned his career towards coaching. He started this new journey in football at Westfield Sports High with the elite boys and girls squads and is now at Trinity Grammar School where he is in charge of all football programs at the school. He’s also been an assistance coach with Sydney FC in the Westfield W-league and has worked with the New South Wales Institute of Sport high performance squads.
In April 2009, Ante was appointed as the Australian under 13 boys national team coach, to lead the inaugural Asian Football confederation Festival of Football male teams to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Over the 47 years that Alison lived in Canberra she was honoured with Life Membership of the Turner and Reid Tennis Clubs and a Honorary Life Member of Tennis ACT.
During this time Alison held various administrative roles ranging from Club President to Treasurer. Alison initiated the formation of the ladies midweek Pennant which is still running today. She also contributed to the growth of Senior Tennis in the ACT and Nationally.
Tennis Seniors Australia awarded Alison Life Membership for her tireless work as an administrator and promoter of the Sport of Seniors Tennis in the ACT, Nationally and Internationally. She was secretary of the Tennis Seniors Australia from 1998 to 2003, and was involved in the running of National Championships either as a player or administrator and was a role model of the sport with her being dubbed the “Head Mistress”.
In 2000 Alison was presented with the Australian Seniors Administrative Award of the Year, for organising and running of the 2000 Australian Seniors Championship Tasmania.
From 1984 to 2006 Alison represented Australia at the International Tennis Federation world Senior Championships seven times and continued to play and represent the ACT until 2008. In her later years Alison also took up athletics and excelled in this sport as well.
Alison was honoured in receiving the following awards and medals.
1986 - Australian Senior of the Year Award presented by Australian Senior Tennis
1984 & 1991 - Awarded the prestigious ACT Frank Thornton Award
1997 - Received the Order of Australia for Services to Tennis as a player and administrator.
2000 - Australian Sports Medal, carried the Olympic Torch in the Canberra leg of the Torch relay, Tennis Australia Senior Administrator of the Year Award
In 2007 Alison was awarded the ClubsACT Masters Sportstar of the Year for 2007 after completing a year of amazing achievements in both tennis and athletics. At the awards Alison spoke about the importance of staying active and the love of competition and friends.
David Furner, born 6 February, 1970 is a former Australian professional rugby league footballer and coach of the Canberra Raiders. David left the Canberra Raiders as the greatest point-scoring forward in Australian Rugby League history before enjoying a successful career in England.
Son of former Canberra Raiders and Australian Kangaroos coach, Don Furner, David attended St. Edmund's College, Canberra and, before embarking on a successful career in rugby league, Furner was a Queanbeyan Whites rugby union junior as well as a member of the Australian under-17 and under-21 rugby union team.
David switched to rugby league in 1991 when he joined the Canberra Raiders making his first-grade debut in round 2 of the 1992 season against Manly-Warringah.
As part of the 1994 Canberra Raiders premiership team, winning the Clive Churchill Medal for Man of the Match, David's strong performance led to his selection for the 1994 Kangaroo squad. Furner's father, Don, chairman of selectors, abstained from voting.
When David left Canberra at the end of the 2000 season, he had surpassed Bernie Purcell's record as the highest point-scoring forward in the game with 1218 points. Also in 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby legaue.
After leaving Canberra, David moved to the English Super League where he played for the Wigan Warriors from 2001 – 2002 scoring 110 points for the season then, in 2003 -2004 David moved to the Leeds Rhinos scoring 78 points for the season.
When David retired from playing competitive football he had a career points tally of 1406. Also whilst in England David became the third member of an elite group of players to win three grands Grand finals in different competitions in Australia and England. The 1994 Australian Grand final for the Raiders, 2002 English Grand Final for Wigan Warriors and the 2004 English Super League for Leeds Rhinos.
On his return to Australia from England, Furner took on a role as assistant-coach at the Canberra Raiders in 2006. In 2008, following Neil Henry's appointment as coach for the North Queensland Cowboys, David was named Canberra's coach for 2009.
Petria Thomas is an Australian sporting icon who has provided joy and excitement for many Australians through her sporting success. Petria burst onto the scene as a 19 year old winning two gold medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.. In 1996 she won a silver medal in the 200m butterfly at her first Olympics in Atlanta. Despite battling a lingering shoulder injury Petria put in a strong performance at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur winning 1 individual gold medal and 2 as a member of impressive relay teams, also picking up a silver in the 200m butterfly.
Petria proudly represented Australia in her home state of NSW at the Sydney 2000 games where she won 2 silver medals in relay events and 1 bronze in her specialty event of butterfly.
It was truly after the Sydney Games that Petria entered the peak of her career and at the 2001 World Championships in Japan she won both the 100m and 200m butterfly and the medley relay to pick up 3 gold medals. At the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games her inspiring form continued as she won gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, as well as the 4x100m medley and freestyle relays. She also won a silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay and a bronze in the 20mm freestyle.
A reoccurring shoulder injury meant that much of 2003 was spent in recovery and her hopes for the 2004 Athens Games looked dim. She however had other ideas. Petria made a strong comeback after another shoulder reconstruction at the Olympic Trials where she broke the Commonwealth Record for the 50m and 100m butterfly also setting new personal bests in the 100m and 200m freestyle. She was firmly focused on the Athens Games.
At the Athens Olympics she put in amazing performance in what was truly one of the fairytales of the games. Petria finally claimed the Olympic gold she had worked so hard for. Petria won her trademark event the 100m butterfly, as well as gold medals in the 4x100m medley and freestyle relays. She added a silver in the 200m butterfly and was selected to carry the Australian Flag at the closing ceremony. She announced her retirement shortly after the games.
Petria is a member of local swimming club, Ginninderra Swim Club. She can still be seen regularly around the pool presenting awards and encouraging young swimmers to strive for their personal goals. She finds time to give something back to her sport and is a fantastic role model to many swimmers. She has proven that no matter how much talent you have you may still face and overcome adversities associated with elite sports. Petria has battled serious injuries and depression and through determination and hard work she has achieved great results.
Petria is an Olympic Gold Medalist and winner of 15 National titles. She became the first female swimmer to ever win the same event at three consecutive Commonwealth Games – the 100m butterfly. She has claimed 8 Olympic Medals, 12 Commonwealth Games Medals and 16 World Championship Medals. She was awarded the World Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year in 2001 and has also been awarded an OAM for her services to sport. In 2005 she released her autobiography ‘Swimming against the tide’.
Kerry moved to the ACT in 1986 to take up a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport, holding a scholarship there until 2001 when she retired from Athletics in a career spanning 20 years.
Kerry started race walking in 1981 and demonstrated huge potential to achieve great things in the sport. This potential shortly turned into results and Kerry quickly became one of the very best race walkers in the world. In 1986 after relocating at the AIS she went onto claim gold at the Goodwill Games, the following year she claimed a silver medal at the World Athletic Championships and was named the Confederation of Australian Sports, Sports Person of the Year and the AIS Sports Person of the Year on the back of some amazing performances around the world. In 1989 Kerry took gold at the World Indoor Championships and silver at the World Walking Cup while also being named the Australian, ABC, Oceania Sports Person of the Year, Confederation of Australian Sport and NSW Sports Person of the Year. 1990 saw Kerry claim a gold medal at the Auckland Commonwealth Games and a silver medal at the Goodwill Games. In 1991 she claimed silver at the World Indoor Championships and a year later was awarded the Order of Australia for her performances. Kerry won a bronze medal at the 1993 World Indoor Championships and a year later won Gold at the Commonwealth Games held in Victoria. During 1996 Kerry set the remarkable world record of 20mins and 3 seconds for the 5km race walk, 10 years after taking up a scholarship at the AIS. In 1998 Kerry won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and the bronze at the 1999 World Athletic Championships.
Her last crowning moment was being selected into the very elite of Australian Sport being named in the Australian Institute of Sport ‘Best of the Best’. This recognition is held only for the 25 very best athletes that have come through the AIS.
During her career Kerry represented Australia 24 times in major international competitions, won 13 individual international medals, won a record 27 Australian National Championships, set 32 world records and became the oldest athlete to win an international medal in 1999 aged 38. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics Kerry came 7th in the race walk and was the oldest competitor aged of 39. She also competed at three Olympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.
Post career Kerry has remained close to her sport coaching junior walkers in the ACT, served as patron for the ACT Race and Fitness Walking Club and supported Little Athletics. She has remained a strong supporter of the Women’s Lake Burley Griffin Race Walking Carnival, for which she holds the record of 2 hours and 31 minutes for the 32km race.
Kerry resides in Canberra with her husband Ray who is a coach for the AIS Men’s Football Program her two children, Christian and Renee. She was recently selected to carry the Olympic Torch when in Canberra on its way to Beijing. Kerry Saxby is a pioneer in race walking and her amazing career has provided her with many fond memories that will last a lifetime.
Softballer Sally McCreedy has been a Canberra resident for most of her life and still resides here with her young family. As a youngster Sally was naturally good at sport and represented the ACT in various sports before turning her focus to Softball.
She first represented the ACT in softball while in primary school and demonstrated the skill and dedication required to be an elite athlete from an early age. It was not long before she was identified as a true talent and in 1985 Sally was first selected to represent Australia. In 1993 she took up a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport and kept a scholarship for the duration of her career. She also held a scholarship with the ACT Academy of Sport from 1995 until 2001.
Sally was a valued part of the Australian Softball Team and competed in an impressive 5 World Championships every four years - 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. Her extraordinary achievement matched the world record for appearances at the Softball World Championships. Individually Sally was also very successful and her long list of achievements include being named Best Batter of the Australian Championships in 1997 and 1998 and being a ClubsACT ACT Sportstar of the Year Finalist in 1993 and 1995.
Sally represented her country at the Olympic Games winning Bronze Medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with some great performances. Prior to the Sydney Olympic Games Sally was given the great honour of carrying the Olympic Torch on its way to Sydney.
Sally has had an amazing career and remains a role model to many sportspeople today. She has been involved with Softball for an amazing 34 years full of great memories and has been awarded with Life Membership with Softball ACT for her success and commitment to the sport. She has had an international career of 18 years which has taken her to all parts of the world while also representing the ACT state team for 20 years and playing ‘A’ grade Softball for 20 years.
She remains very close to the sport today and coaches local club teams as well as representative teams. In 2006 Sally received one of Australia’s highest honors and was awarded with an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Softball as a player and coach.
The ACT is considered as a powerhouse of Orienteering in Australia. Much of the success enjoyed by Australia, internationally and in the ACT, locally and nationally is due to the vision, enthusiasm and energy of David Hogg. David competed in Australia’s first recognised orienteering event and has been strongly involved ever since for over 38 years.
David was the inaugural president of the Orienteering Federation of Australia which would go on to become Orienteering Australia. In 1971 he moved to Canberra and took it upon himself to grow Orienteering in the ACT. On the 16th May 1971 David organised the first official orienteering event in the ACT at Black Mountain Peninsula, following this more events were organised around Canberra and David would go on to be an integral part of the forming of the ACT Orienteering Association which would later go on to become Orienteering ACT. David was elected the inaugural president. During his time as an Orienteering official and administrator he has held many positions on national and local boards and was also involved in key supporting committees such as mapping, regulations, development and promotion.
David took a step back in 2002 and his son Andy is following in his footsteps and has been a director on the national board for many years. David still competes regularly and provides a valuable service for Orienteering ACT as liaison officer with landholders. He is one of only three Australians with the highest level of accreditation as an international official - Senior IOF Event Adviser, this level required to oversee the staging of World Championships.
Chris Conti has made a significant contribution to the development, organisation and progress of football referees, association management and schools football in Canberra over the last 30 years. He has been involved in many facets of the game including refereeing, coaching and administration. Chris has been a referee since 1984 and has achieved one of his sports highest honours being appointed as a Life Member and is also an inductee into the ACT Football Hall of Fame.
A summary of Chris’ key officiating achievements include:
• Secretary and then President of Soccer Canberra referees for over 10 years.
• Inaugural chair of the Referee’s Standing Committee
• ACT representative on National Referee Committees
• Referees coordinator and volunteer for major international youth tournament, Kanga Cup for over 10 years.
• State Referees coach and appointment officer for 2 years
• Appointed referee for local Premier League Grand Finals, Federation Cup Grand Finals and National Youth League matches
• Many high level referee appointments such as international friendlies, Olyroos and Matildas matches.
As an administrator Chris achieved the following:
• Acting CEO of Soccer Canberra leading to the integration review of four organisations which eventually became Capital Football
• Officials director for SOCOG for the 2000 Olympic Games football matches held in Canberra
• Kanga Cup ambassador while touring overseas with football teams
• ACTAS team manager for seven years when the team competed in the National Youth League.
• Worked closely with elite coaches such as Mike Milovanovic (ACTAS), Ray Junna (AIS) and Chris Tanzey (Matildas).
As a former high school teacher, Chris became heavily involved with schools football:
• Chris worked very closely with Australian schools football teams and managed an international tournament in Canberra including teams from Ireland, Wales and New Zealand.
• Manager and/or coach of the ACT Schoolboys team since 1978
• The organisation of ACT High Schools Tournament for 10 years
• The coordination and organisation of the Primay Schools Blue Devils Cup (boys) and Canberra Eclipse Cup (girls) for 8 years
• National secretary for School Sport Australia from 2001 – 2007
• National team manager for Australian schoolboys and/ or schoolgirls teams on more than 10 international tours – 7 of which were organized personally by Chris.
Barry Barnes began playing basketball at the age of 14 and was selected in the Victorian State Junior Representative Teams from 1956 to 1959. He became a Senior State Representative in 1960 and even after suffering a work related injury leaving him partially blind in one eye, he still achieved success as a member of the 1962 Australian National Men’s World Championship Team. His efforts were further rewarded when in 1964 he was awarded the Alan Hughes Medal for being the best Victorian player at the National Senior Championships. Retiring from playing in 1970, Barry made the decision to embark on what was to become a very successful coaching career.
From 1978 through 1987 Barry was Head Coach of the Nunawading Spectres National Basketball League Team. His talent as a coach was proven when he was awarded the NBL Coach of the Year in 1980 then subsequently led the Nunawading Spectres to an NBL Grand Final appearance in 1981. In 1985 he was appointed as the Assistant Coach to the Australian Men’s Basketball Team, a position he held until 1992. During this time Barry attended two World Championships and both the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games. Throughout this time Barry continued to coach in the NBL as Head Coach of the Geelong Supercats.
His NBL coaching career extended to Canberra from 1992-1994 when Barry was Head Coach of the Canberra Cannons NBL side. In recognition of his coaching prowess Barry was promoted to Head Coach of the Australian Men’s Basketball Team in 1993, and remarkably maintained this position for seven years, coaching the side at two World Championships and to an equal best result of 4th place at both the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Barry’s commitment and dedication to basketball was acknowledged in 1998 when he was the first of only two coaches to be inducted into the NBL Hall of Fame. Throughout his memorable coaching career he has a win-loss record of 191-156 over his 14 seasons in the NBL and has been an inspiration to a number of his former players who have also become NBL and Australian Representative Coaches.
Bill Beadman was born in Braidwood in 1918 and was a dominant billiards and snooker player in Canberra for more than 30 years. He was particularly skilful in billiards, winning 19 ACT State billiards championships. Before World War II, Bill was showing great potential, modelling his style on the smooth cueing technique of Canberra sporting identity Jack Edlington, and made his first century billiards break in 1939.
After coming back from the war he resumed playing again and won his first ACT State billiards title in 1948. In those early post war years Bill was invincible in billiards and won all his matches playing in the weekly inner-club competition for Transport, where he was employed as a Commonwealth car driver. Bill made innumerable century breaks in billiards and two breaks of more than 200, the first being 203 in a Canberra competition match against the highly rated Arthur Allen. He later improved on that effort with a break of 205.
Beadman's efforts with billiards were matched by his efforts in snooker, winning 14 ACT State snooker titles, giving him a combined total of 33 ACT State billiards and snooker Championships. On occasions Bill was beaten in snooker, whereas this did not happen in billiards, especially in the early post war years. Bill played snooker exhibitions against Australian champions Horace Lindrum and Eddie Charlton. He did so well against Charlton that he considered turning professional with Charlton. However at that time snooker professionals were earning only modest salaries and Beadman decided to stay with his more secure job as a Commonwealth car driver.
Bill's final State Billiards title was in 1981, after which he retired because of ill health.
During her orienteering career, Jenny Bourne was undoubtedly the most successful ACT Female elite orienteer of her time, and one of Australia's top female competitors. Jenny represented Australia at the World Orienteering Championships in 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1987 and competed in 3 World Cup events, achieving a highest place of 15th.
At the national level, Jenny was the Australian Women's elite champion in 1979, 1985, 1986 and 1987, and a winner of the National Easter three-day competition in 1982, 1986 and 1987. During her elite orienteering career Jenny was also successful in winning 12 State titles.
Jenny retired from elite orienteering competition in 1988.
Ken started his career in boxing at the ripe old age of 15 in 1956 when he put his name down for trials for the Olympic Games. Ken fought many fights as an amateur before he became professional, winning 102 of these. He was amateur champion for four years before taking the time out and then returning as a professional.
The pinnacle of Ken’s career was the winning of the Australian featherweight championship in February 1970, seven years after retiring in 1963. This fight will surely go down as one of the most popular in the history of Australian boxing. Ken’s lead-up to winning the Australian title was pretty impressive, winning both the Australian Amateur Title and the NSW Featherwight Title in 1969.
During his career Ken left the sport for nearly six years due to problems with his knees before returning. Ken is the first boxer to win an Australian championship after a retirement of more than five years. He did not fight from May 1963 to December 1968. This is an Australian record which may never be broken. He fought whilst as an amateur, to qualify for the Rome Olympics to represent Australia but lost on points in the final. The winner of this bout went on to win the bronze medal in Rome in 1960.
In a boxing career that spanned over forty years Ken had 197 fights, professional and amateur, with just fifteen losses and two draws, and interestingly, of the fifteen losses, he had rematches with thirteen of them and won on a knockout each time.
James Brophy's contributions to the community and in particular sport spanned some three decades from the late 1930's onwards. James Brophy never played or umpired hockey, but he devoted more than 25 years to administration of the game. James wrote the game reports for the First Grade competiton each Saturday for the Canberra Times right up until his death in 1969. When the ACT Hockey Association instituted an award for the best and fairest player in the First Grade competition, they named it the Brophy medal.
James Brophy was the first country member to receive Life Membership to the NSW Amateur Swimming Association. Other organisations to recognise James Brophy's contributions with Life Membership include ACT Hockey Association (1955), NSW Hockey Association (1958), Canberra Amateur Swimming Association (1959), the Australian National Eisteddfod Society (1959) and NSW Junior Hockey Association (1964).
1940-45 Vice President, Canberra Amateur Swimming Assoc.
1945-46 Secretary, Canberra Amateur Swimming Assoc.
1946-47 President, Canberra Amateur Swimming Assoc.
1949-1960's President, Southern Districts AmateurSwimming Assoc.
1950-1967 Chairman, Country Committee Assoc.
1951-1968 Vice President, NSW Amateur Swimming Assoc.
1944-64 President, ACT Hockey Assoc.
1959-62 Vice President, ACT Junior Hockey Assoc.
1960 Senior Vice President, NSW Hockey Assoc.
1960-1962 President, NSW Junior Hockey Assoc.
1961-62 Vice President, NSW Hockey Assoc.
1940 Vice President, Canberra Australian National Football League
1940-42 President, Canberra Australian National Football Junior League
1941-42 Senior Vice President, Canberra Australian National Football League
Joanne Brown exhibited her extraordinary talent for the sport of softball from an early age. From her first game at the age of 9, it took her only 3 years to be selected into an ACT team, and she was playing in the ACT Open Women's team by the age of 13. Joanne played over 200 games for the ACT, in the U16, U19 and Open's teams, and 150 games for the ACT in the Fastpitch Softball League.
Joanne played in her first Australian team at age 18, and at the Youth World Championships in 1991 Joanne was named captain, acknowledging Joanne's exceptional skill and understanding of the game. After this tournament, Joanne accepted a scholarship at University of California at Los Angeles. In 1992 UCLA won the NCAA title, and Joanne was named in the All American All Star team.
Joanne's international career spanned 10 years, amassing a total of 244 games representing Australia. Highlights of her career are the two Olympic bronze medals she received in 1996 and 2000, and the silver medal at the Women's World Championships in 1998. One of the best of Joanne's achievements is her performance at the 1996 Olympics. In Australia's round match against the USA, Joanne hit a home run in the last innings to give Australia the win, making them the only team to defeat the Americans, who eventually went on to win the Gold. This hit put Olympic Softball on the cover of USA Today, a feat which not even Kieren Perkins managed with his second Olympic Gold medal.
Joanne also attended numerous Open World Championships, Superball tournaments, South Pacific Classics and Canada Cups. In recognition of Joanne's outstanding talent and success in the sport of softball.
Tony Campbell had been associated with racing in the Canberra region since the mid 1970’s coming from Coonamble to become race caller for local race clubs. He was involved with the Canberra Racing Club for 29 years in roles that ranged from nomination clerk to master of ceremonies. But of course Tony was best known for his role as race caller in Canberra for 26 years, and was also employed in the same role by the Queanbeyan and Goulburn clubs. During this time Tony called 25 consecutive Black Opals and is well known for his thrilling call of the 1992 race in which Clan O ’Sullivan became the first locally trained winner of Canberra’s premier racing event.
While Tony was well known as one of Canberra racing’s best ambassadors he was also a passionate Canberra Raiders supporter and was the ground announcer at many of the Raiders home games in the early days of the team. In a long career Tony regularly called Sydney races for the ABC and occasionally was the on-course broadcaster for the AJC. Tony’s skills were very diverse; he fronted many radio and television shows and called rugby league games and harness races (including three miracle miles at Harold Park). His race calling also made him a well-known identity on just about every bush racetrack in New South Wales.
David Campese is widely regarded as one of the greatest rugby players ever. In an international career spanning 15 years, he played more test matches for Australia and scored more tries than any other player in the history of the game. David began is rugby union career with the Queanbeyan Mighty Whites in the ACTRU competition. His outstanding ability as a rugby player resulted in his selection for the ACT, Australian U21, NSW, Australian Wallabies, Barbarians and Australian Sevens Teams.
On October 23 1996, David became the first Australian rugby player to play 100 tests. David has captained the Australian Sevens Team, the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens Team in Kuala Lumpur, and was Assistant Coach to the Singapore National Team in the Asian Championships.
Fast and elusive, and with his unique “goose step”, David Campese has made the ACT region proud, weaving his own brand of magic on the field.
Keith Carnell was an exceptional sportsman and had the talent to excel at anything he set his mind to. He represented Canberra in Australian Rules Football, Cricket, Tennis and Hockey and later excelled in Golf and Baseball.
He established two cricket records which will never be broken, scoring the first century and hitting the first six at the Manuka ground. Keith was also the first person to give a "live" broadcast of a cricket match in Canberra. He was a member of the first committee of the Ainslie Football Club and a League delegate, Secretary of the ACT Lawn Tennis Association, as well as serving on numerous other ACT Sporting Boards.
An Olympic Gold medal on home turf at the Sydney 2000 Olympic games was a fitting end to an excellent career for Canberra Strikers defender Lisa Carruthers.
Described as playing the game at one pace, fast, Lisa was first selected in the Australian Senior team in June 1989 for a five test series against New Zealand. From this Lisa rose to great heights in her Hockey career, competing in three consecutive Olympics, collecting two Gold medals along the way.
After celebrating her 200th game for Australia in the 1999 Oceania Cup, Lisa went on to represent Australia 230 times before deciding to hang up her boots in 2000. An experienced campaigner and a steadfast and valuable defender in any team Lisa has done the ACT region proud with her sporting endeavours.
Tom has been heavily involved in a number of sports including rugby league and union, tennis, lawn bowls and polocrosse throughout his life. His tireless dedication and talents have helped a number of sport and in particular Polocrosse.
Tom became involved in Polocrosse in 1960 when his children started participating in the sport. He coached Polocrosse from the 1960’s through to the 1980’s including overseas tours with the NSW and Australian polocrosse teams to Zimbabwe (1993), South Africa and Canada.
Tom holds life memberships at a number of clubs including, Canberra Riding Club - Foundation Member, Canberra Royals Polocrosse Club, Southern Highlands Polocrosse Club, Calgary Alberta Polocrosse Club (Canada), Yass Polocrosse Club (President 1965 to Present), Australian Stock Horse Society (Hononary Life Member). Tom is also the Public Officer at a number of Polocrosse Clubs, including the Australian Polocrosse Club and the NSW Polocrosse Club. His administrative efforts, in not only polocrosse but as a past President of the Ainslie Tennis Club as well, has greatly assisted a number of sportspeople across the Canberra region region. All of these athletes, coaches and administrators have accomplished amazing sporting achievements and deserve to be commended for the time and dedication they have given their sport.
Canberra Raider Bradley Clyde began his football career playing in the local ACT competition. Bradley received his first Australian cap in 1986, playing in the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League team. Just two years later, Bradley played his first game for the Raiders, and quickly established himself as an indispensable player for the Raiders.
Spanning a decade with the Raiders, Bradley, scored 39 tries in a total of 178 games. He played in three Grand Finals, being the recipient of the prestigious Clive Churchill medal for the Best Player in the Grand Final twice. What is most remarkable is that one of these was in the final where Canberra lost to the Penrith Panthers. In a tribute to Bradley's exceptional skill and commitment to the Raiders, he was named in the Greatest Ever Raiders team in 2001.
Bradley played 12 games and scored two tries for the NSW Blues in the State of Origin competition from 1989-1994, and was named one of the 25 greatest players for NSW in 2005. He then played two games for NSW in the Tri-series in 1997.Bradley was also a representative for Australia, for five years, in 18 tests, scoring 6 tries. Bradley vice-captained the team for the Tour of Papua New Guinea in 1991, and was named Man of the Series.
In the 1992 Ashes Series against Great Britain, Bradley was awarded with the Harry Sunderland Medal for the Player of the Series. Bradley moved from the Raiders to the Bulldogs in 1999, playing with the team until 2001, scoring 8 tries. He then moved to England to finish his playing career in 2002.
Sue was a member of the North Canberra Athletic Club from 1981 to 1991. During her career as a race walker, Sue set a total of 32 world bests. She was a mulitple World Record holder from 1979-1984.
Sue has set Road World bests in the 3km, 5km, 10km, 15km and 20km events and Track World Records in the 1500m, 1 mile, 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m and 1 hour events. Women's walking events were not included in Commonwealth, Olympic or World Student Games until 1990.
Sue's international performances include winning the biennial Women's World Walking Championships twice in succession and a 12th place at the 1987 World Championships. Sue competed in World Walking Cup's from 1979-1987. Her best performances were a 3rd in 1983, 5th 1979 and 7th 1981.
Rod represented Australia at eight International and World Championships, placing in the top ten on four occasions with a further three placing's in the top 13. Out of 12 appearances at Australian Championships Rod placed first on three occasions, second on five occasions and third on four occasions.
At State Championships Rod placed first on 12 occasions and second on six occasions. As a member of the Canberra Ocean Racing Club and the Cruising Yacht Club, Rod competed in seven Sydney to Hobart races, two China Sea races, three Sydney to Noumea races, four Gosford to Lord Howe Island races plus a full calendar of Cruising Yacht Club races.
He was Club Champion on Keepit Dam and at both the Canberra Yacht Club and YMCA Sailing Club in several different classes during the period 1960 to 1984. He retired from active sailing in 1992.
Laurie Daley made his debut for the Canberra Raiders in 1987 and by the end of his career had played 244 first grade games with the club, 81 of them as team captain. During his time with the club he was recognised as the Canberra Raiders Player of the Year on five occasions and received the clubs Best and Fairest player title several times over his career. Laurie's talent was most notably rewarded when receiving rugby leagues greatest representative honour by being selected to be part of the New South Wales State of Origin side.
What began as an opportunity of a lifetime ultimately led to a very successful and extensive representative career in which Laurie played a total of 23 origin games. As a further tribute to his sporting talent, Laurie was selected as captain of the origin side on 13 occasions. On a national level, Laurie played 34 games for Australia, once again receiving captaincy duties on 6 occasions.
Major accolades and honours over Laurie's career include being awarded the Dally M Player of the year and Five-eighth of the Year in 1995. He achieved similar recognition in 1996 receiving the Dally M Captain of the Year, the Dally M Player of the Year Runner-up, and as a reflection of the respect gained from amongst his fellow peers, was awarded the Players Player of the Year. Even in a year of rugby league turmoil, Laurie obtained the Super League Player of the Year medal in 1997.
Laurie retired from the game he loves in 2000 in front of one of the largest crowds ever seen at Bruce Stadium. His contribution to the Canberra Raiders has been recognised with the unveiling of the Laurie Daley statue located at the front of their home Stadium.
This, coupled with his induction into the ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame, stands as purely a reflection of one of rugby leagues greatest players ever produced and the impact he made on the ACT community.
Andrew Deane played in ACT hockey representative sides from the age of eight, and at fifteen was the youngest player in his U/21 team. He was first selected to represent Australia in 1985 at the tender age of 17. Andrew’s talent, developed through playing in the junior ranks at Marist College saw him playing 90 internationals.
Andrew also competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Some highlights of Andrew’s hockey playing career include winning the Brophy Medal in 1988, and Joint AIS Player of the Year in 1987. However, the greatest achievement of Andrew’s career was winning the Bronze Medal in the World Cup in Pakistan in 1990.
Andrew provides a shining example to the ACT community of an individual who, with persistence, can reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport and represent their country.
Known throughout the sporting world as Deek, Robert DeCastella has lived in Canberra since 1981. He is renowned for his achievements in the mostdemanding of all running events, the marathon.
Roberts achievements captured the imagination of the Australian Public like no other sportsperson and he is largely recognised as having given an unprecedented international profile to his pet event. Robert won his first major marathon in Fukuoka in 1981.
Other notable achievements include wins in Rotterdam in 1983 and Boston in 1986. Robert contested the event four times at the Olympic Games in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992. Additionally Robert won a gold medal at the world championships in 1983. Perhaps his most remarkable achievement was in 1982 when he won a Commonwealth Games gold medal, this performance he repeated in 1986.
He was then recognised for his continued efforts in 1982 when he was awarded the MBE, named Australian of the Year and Most Popular Australian Sportsman, an award he also won in 1984. Throughout his career and since his retirement he has been actively involved in the fundamental belief, that top sportspeople have a responsibility to act as role models for society and has worked to do this himself.
Rob has made a contribution in various ways to Canberra's Community, notably as a director of the Australian Institute of Sport and also chairman of Healthpact.
Geoffrey was born in 1959 and started playing Rugby Union at the age of eight. In 1978, Didier started his club rugby career with Royals and won the Blenn McInnes trophy for the "most promising junior graduating to Club rank".
Ten years later, with the added experience of over 50 games representing the ACT and a decade of first grade rugby with Royals, Didier was selected in the Australian Barbarians after playing with a combined ACT and NSW country team in 1984 and 1985. At the tender age of 31 Didier was finally picked for the Australian Wallabies and toured New Zealand in 1990. He also toured Europe in 1990 with the Emerging Wallabies, a team regarded as up and coming and potential Wallabies. Didier joined the Canberra Kookaburras in 1994 and helped take them to the Grand Final in their inaugural year and then returned to Royals three years later to play out his career.
The Duke played 21 years in first grade for a total of 440 matches and was a crucial member of the successful Royals teams of the 80s and 90s which competed in no less than 16 ACT Rugby Union Grand Finals. He also managed to play Super 12 games with the Brumbies and a total of 96 matches for the ACT as well as a number of Internationals.
Jack played his first senior game of football 64 years ago and has been involved in either playing or administration for over 50 years. Born in Queanbeyan in 1917, he began playing junior footall in 1929 when he represented Canberra in a schools team. He then played junior football with Manuka and St Christopher’s until 1933 when he graduated to senior ranks.
Jack played football for Manuka for 20 years and was a regular representative player over that time. He played 261 games for Manuka and 18 representative matches for a total of 234 games. Jack played with Manuka until he was 37 and was Captain-Coach in 1946-47 and 51-53. He won the Club’s Best and Fairest 4 times, the ACT Australian Football League’s Best and Fairest Award, the Mulrooney Medal in 1938 and was runner-up for this award in 1940.
He also won the Canberra Times Award for Best and Fairest in 1940. Jack’s adminstrative ability matched his playing skill. A Life Member of Manuka he occupied every executive position, including Committee, Secretary, Social Secretary, Selector, and Treasurer. He was President from 1954-57 and again from 1962-68 as well as being the Club Patron. Jack was a long standing worker for the ACT Australian Football League. He was Vice-President in 1959, 64 and 68 and a delegate for Manuka for 14 years. Jack was President of the ACTAFL from 1969 until 1977. Often controversial Jack was determined to see Australian Football advance in the face of competition from other codes. Jack was a member of the historic zoning Committee which introduced District football in Canberra in 1969. Jack was also Coach of the ACT representative team for two years and Manager for another two.
In 1960, Jack was awarded the highest possible award in the ACT Australian Football circles, Life Membership. From 1964 until 1977 Jack was delegate to the Australian National Football Council. In 1975 Jack was given one of the Australian Football’s highest honours when he was elected a Life Member. In 1980 Jack was awarded an M.B.E. for his services to sport and the community.
Loretta commenced playing hockey at the age of 12 with St Clair’s High School in Canberra. She represented the ACT from age 14 to 21, being selected in the Australian under 21 Indoor Hockey team in 1983. In 1984 Loretta gained entry to the AIS hockey program in Perth. She was a member of the program on a full time basis until 1986 when she moved to live in NSW.
From 1987-92 Loretta remained in the AIS hockey program on a part time basis. With the level of play in the ACT not being strong enough, Loretta moved to Sydney in 1987 to further her Hockey career. She was selected as a member of the NSW Senior team from 1987-94. Loretta attended the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 and was a member of the Gold Medal winning Australian Women’s Hockey team at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
She also represented Australia at the 1990 World Cup held in Sydney where Australia placed second. In 1993 Loretta commenced a one year coaching scholarship, attaining her Level III Coaching qualification. Also in 1993 Loretta was appointed assistant coach of the NSW Senior team, a position she held until 1995.
Percival Douglas was one of the founders of the ACT Cricket Association in 1922 and was President from the time of its foundation until 1929. He donated the cup for First Grade competition premiers, now known as the Douglas Cup. This cup is still awarded each year to the First Grade Premiers.
Douglas was the Vice President of the Canberra Australian National Football League in 1925 and President in 1926 and 1927, as well as Canberra's delegate to the Australian National Football Council in 1927. He was President of the Ainslie Tennis Club and a senior official of the Canberra Amateur Swimming Club for a number of years.
Gordon Dunster began refereeing soccer in 1976 at the age of 15. A mere decade later a promotion to the National Soccer League as a referee and linesman signalled the start of an illustrious soccer officiating career.
Involvement with the National League culminated in Gordon officiating several National Soccer League Cups and Grand Finals between 1992 and 1996. During this time Gordon received the title of Australian Linesman of the Year twice, and from his distinguished national recognition, was chosen to control many international matches played in Australia.
Gordon's international representation began in 1981 and eventually grew to the point where he received the opportunity to officiate in the highly respected Olympic arena. Gordon officiated throughout the 1992 Olympic Games, receiving the honour of Assistant Referee in the Olympic final. Significantly, it was in this year that Gordon was acknowledged for his excellence in soccer officiating by being appointed the F.I.F.A Number One Linesman in the World. His rise to international prominence also included officiating at several World Cup qualifiers, and most notably, appearing at the 1994 World Cup where he assisted in the quarterfinal.
Robin started playing Softball at the age of 7 for North Curtin. During 1971 - 1980 she progressed through to the seniors ranks playing for the Panthers, who won every premiership but one. Robin's talent was recognised at an early age as she first represented the ACT at the young age of nine.
Her natural ability saw her competing against older and more experienced players for most of her younger years. She played in the State U/16 representative team for 7 years and pitched in each of the 6 National titles won by ACT. From 1972 - 1977 Robin competed as a senior playing for the ACT Open Team who won the championships in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Robin was first selected to play for Australia in 1977. Representing Australia Robin competed in the Trans Tasman Tournament in 1977, the World Series in 1978 and competed in the Pan Pacific Tournament in 1980.
A name that is so closely associated with the sport of volleyball in the ACT, David Flatt's involvement in volleyball coaching began in 1976 at Melrose High School. Since guiding the school teams into the ACT Volleyball senior competitions, David has led a long and successful coaching career, including 21 years as an ACT representative coach from 1979 to 2001.
In a long and successful career, David has coached teams at the Australian Volleyball Schools Competition (AVSC) and the National Schools Cup, receiving the highest recognition for his coaching success with many different teams. This is highlighted by the time he spent at Wanniassa High School where, after co-founding the Panthers Volleyball Club, teams coached by David won a total of 24 ACT championships over a 10 year period. This included gold for the Open Men's 2nd division on two occasions and silver for Intermediate Honours Girls in 1990 at the National Schools Cup.
Similarly, David's time at Calwell High School resulted in 10 ACT Championships over 5 years, with more medals at the National Schools Cup. David also guided teams to 5 ACT Championships while at Erindale College. A number of players coached under David's guiding hand went on to achieve representative honours with both the AIS and Australian Volleyball teams. Most notably Rowan Turner, Laurel Wentworth, Avril Wentworth, Robyn Wentworth and Rachel White were selected to play with the national team, Laurel as captain. Rachael White went on to represent Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Further representative triumphs include being named the Assistant Coach/Manager for the Australian Under 21 Men's team for a USA tour and in 2002, being named head Coach of the Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia in 2001, returning with a rare gold medal success from the FSM games. Administrative achievements include being an active member of the ACT Volleyball Board with various responsibilities from 1977 to 1981.
David has also been the secretary of the ACT Secondary Schools Sports Association (ACTSSA) from 1993 to 2003, the ACTSSA Volleyball convener, and the National Volleyball Secretary for School Sport Australia from 1996 to 2004. In 2001 David was awarded a 15 year Achievement Award, along with being awarded Life Membership to ACT Volleyball, the Australian Secondary School Volleyball Association, and the ACT Secondary School Sports Association. In recognition of his contribution to sport, David was awarded the Sport Australia Medal in 2000.
Don Furner has had a lifetime association with Rugby League, working in many different facets of the sport. As a player, he rose from the ranks of a junior to become a Kangaroo tourist, and as a coach and administrator he has provided more to the sport of rugby league than could ever be repaid. Don came to the Canberra region from Junee in the early 1960s and successfully coached the Queanbeyan Blues for 13 seasons.
He was largely responsible for scouting and assembling the Canberra Raiders squad to participate in the Australian Rugby League Winfield Cup. Don coached the side from its inaugural season in 1982 until 1987 and at the same time coached the Kangaroos side from 1986 to 1988. Widely recognised for his ability to unite a team, Don was awarded Dally M Coach of the Year in 1987. In recognition of his services to sport, Don was honoured with the Order of Australia in 1987.
During the late 1980s and the early 1990s, Don was involved with the NSW Rugby League Referees and became Chairman of Selectors for the NSW and Australian Rugby League panels. In his later years, Don has committed his time coaching the 2000 Fijian World Cup team, working with Country Rugby League teams and scouting for new talent. Don has contributed greatly to the Canberra Rugby League community by finding and drafting the best talent from around the local area and further afield, including such identities as Laurie Daley, Mal Meninga, Chris O'Sullivan, Steve and Kevin Walters, Dean Lance and Gary Belcher.
His loyalty to the sport of Rugby League and the local region has ensured that his immense talents continue to benefit Canberra residents of all ages
John Gallop played for the Kingston Cricket Club from 1962 to 1973. He represented the ACT from 1962 to 1966, captaining the team on each occasion. John played for the Prime Minister's XI against South Africa in 1964 and was named ACT Cricketer of the Year in 1964/65 for his achievements as a captain, wicket keeper and batsman.
John contributed to the administration of the ACT Cricket Association in a number of ways beginning in 1965. He was first appointed as a member of the Association's Selection Committee in 1965 and also held the position of Honorary Legal Officer. In May 1984, John was elected as President of the ACT Cricket Association and continues to hold that position, making him the longest serving President in the 80-year history of the Association.
As a key figure in the ACT Cricket community John worked intensely in an effort to see the Canberra Comets remain in the Mercantile Mutual Cup. John's time and efforts have ensured that he has made a commendable contribution to the development of cricket in the ACT region and beyond. A strong advocate of the sport, John provided a recognisable face for ACT cricket on the national stage.
After first representing the ACT in Hockey and competing in Tennis championships, James commenced rowing as a member of the Telopea Park High School crew in 1976, and was invited to join the East Men's Eight. In 1982 James was selected to represent Australia as stroke of the Junior World Pairs in the World Championships. At this time he joined the Canberra Rowing Club, which later, in recognition of his major contribution, gave his name to their new boat. His long career as a sweep oarsman culminated in 1986 when he won Gold in the Commonwealth Games, Gold at the World Championships, and Gold at the Lucerne International Regatta. In 1988 he represented Australia in the Seoul Olympics finishing fifth in the Men's Eight.
1985-88 Scholarship holder Australian Institute of Sport
1986 Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year Commonwealth Game Gold Medallist, Men's Eight Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist, Men's Coxed Four Gold Medal Lucerne International Regatta, Men's Eight Gold Medal World Championships, Mens Eight
1987 Order of Australia Medal for services to Rowing
Through hard work, determination and courage dual Olympian Tracey Gaudry reached the peak of her sport of Road Cycling in a successful career that has taken her all around the world. Tracey had started cycling in the 1990's and it was soon apparent that she had the ability to be a rider of the highest quality. She began cycling in Victoria representing the state before competing at a national and international levels. Her career took off rapidly.
Tracey had gone from riding casually to state champion and had competed at her first of five World Championships in less than two years since her first recreational cycling event. Tracey moved to Canberra permanently to train at the AIS in 1995 as her cycling career progressed. Tracey was crowned National Champion four times between 1995 and 2000, winning 36 National titles. In 1998 she competed in the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games.
She turned proffesional in 1999 riding for teams such as Ebly in France and Timex in USA, amassing more than 17 international victories and 50 podium finishes. Tracey is a dual Olympian having competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 200 Sydney olympics.
1999 was Tracey’s most successful year she won a World Cup, placed 3rd in two others and finished 3rd in the overall World Cup Series. She stood on the international podium 24 times in 1999 winning in all categories of events from Grand Tours, to one-day World Cup ‘classics’ to Individual Time Trials. She was consequently voted the ACT Academy Sports Star of the Year, ACT Cyclist of the Year and ACT Female Sports Star of the Year. At the peak of her career Tracey was ranked 3rd in the world.
Tracey Gaudry is a true professional. She overcame many personal obstacles before going onto reach such amazing heights in women’s cycling. She has matched her sporting achievements with a very successful professional working career. She has also contributed a great deal to local cycling and the community through many honorarium and board roles, including former ACT Cycling President, and Project Manager of the 2003 Feasibility Study that contributed to the establishment of the new international-standard Mt. Stromlo Recreation Park.
Australian Open Men's Head Coach Bob Harrow has played a major role in the development of elite level softball in both the ACT and Australia. Bob has been the ACT Open Men's Head Coach for a decade, and has led the team to victory at the National Championships five times. He has also coached the ACT Open Women's at the National Championships several times and come away with outstanding results.
His coaching achievements at the International level are also to be rivaled with. In 2001, in his first year as Australian Open Men's Team coach, the team defeated the New Zealand World Champion Team for the first time ever. In 2004, the team took third place at the World Championships, which is their best result ever. On top of his outstanding coaching success, Bob has also played a hand in the administration of softball and the development of the elite game within the ACT. Bob was the President of Softball Canberra for five years, from 1999-2004, making him the longest serving president of softball administration within the ACT.
Bob has also been instrumental in providing elite ACT men and women softballers with a high standard competition in which to compete, by developing the National Fastpitch Softball League. Bob also established the nationally important Canberra Classic Men's competition in the late 1980s, and developed it into an event attracting the best Australian players and also numerous players from top ranking countries such as Canada and New Zealand. Bob is undoubtedly one of the best softball coaches in Australia, and is an excellent ambassador for his sport, in the ACT and Australia.
Laing Harrow is one of the best softball players to come out of the ACT and indeed Australia. He has excelled in the sport of softball in the state, national and international arenas for over a decade.
Laing began playing softball in local club competition in Canberra, and instantly showed his outstanding talent for the game. He first represented the ACT in 1986, and continued his representation until his retirement in 1996, playing over 100 games in ACT colours.
His international career began in 1988, spanning eight years. Laing represented Australia in 40 international games, and also played for Canada in the World Youth Championships in 1989 because Australia did not field a team. Laing's excellent understanding of the game and natural talent were acknowledged by being selected as the captain for the Australian Men's team for the 1996 World Open Men's Championships, his last championships.
A powerful and reliable batter, and a respected team captain at all levels of play, Laing was rewarded with induction into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame in 2001. This recognition was perhaps surpassed when Laing received the very prestigious honour of being the first Australian male to be admitted into the International Softball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Having such skill and knowledge of softball, it was only natural for Laing to begin coaching upon his retired from elite competition in 1996. Laing has been the assistant coach of the Aussie Colts U19 Men's team for a number of years, and has been instrumental in the development of the young players of Australia into two World Champion teams, in 2001 and 2005. Both teams were undefeated in their campaigns for the world title, demonstrating Laing's capability to both play and coach at an extremely high level.
Laing has not only restricted himself to excelling in the sport of softball, having a long and successful career in ice hockey as well. Laing played for the Canberra Knights in the Australian Ice Hockey League from 1987 to 2000, represented the ACT at the Goodall Men's National Championships for a decade, and played in the ACT U21 team at the National Championships. Once again Laing showed his natural talent for coaching, being appointed coach of the Canberra Knights while playing from 1997-2000, and of the ACT Men's team while playing in 1997.
Laing achieved international status in ice hockey in 1997, playing on the Australian team until 2000. Laing's sporting career has been long and prosperous, as both a player and coach in both softball and ice hockey, and he is an outstanding member of the ACT and Australian sporting community and now a worthy recipient of induction into the ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame.
Terry Gathercole has been involved in all aspects of Swimming as an international competitor, coach and administrator. Terry started swimming competitively at the age of 8 and went on to successfully represent his country. Terry retired from competitive swimming in 1960 and continued his involvement in the sport by undertaking an outstanding coaching career. As a professional swim coach, Terry enjoyed great success. He was Australian Olympic Swim coach in 1964, 1976 and 1992, and Australian Commonwealth Games Coach in 1966.
In 1981 he was named NSW and National Coach of the Year by Australian Swim Coaches and in 1986 was named Senior Coach of the men’s Swimming Team at the Australian Institute of Sport. In 1987 Terry took out the prestigious Master Coach Award at the Australian Swim Coaches Conference and in the same year he was awarded life membership of the Australian Swim Coaches Association. Terry served on a number of committees throughout his illustrious career including Chairman of Australian Swim Coaches Association, President of Australian Swimming, Chairman of the Organising Committee, 1998 World Cup and member of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association Committee in 1997.
Terry was also an outstanding athlete. He was a silver medallist at the 1960 Rome Olympics, a gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in Wales, and the Australian 100 and 200 meter and 110 and 220 yards breastroke champion from 1954 - 1960. Terry held the World record in the 200 meters, 110 yards and 220 yards Breastroke from 1958 to 1961. In 1985 Terry was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and in 1998 was made a Member of the Order of Australia.
Norman John (Johnny) Hawke was born in Queanbeyan in 1925 and like many Queanbeyan sportsmen he played Australian Football on Saturdays and Rugby League on Sundays. He played in Queanbeyan's Senior Australian Football team in 1940, aged 15, but he later worked at the Government Printing Office in Canberra and, like many of the workmen at the Printing Office he played Australian Football for Eastlake. He won Eastlake's best and fairest award in 1945. In 1946 he was captain of the Eastlake team that lost only one match that season - the Grand Final. He also represented Canberra against Queensland in that same year.
It was as a Rugby League player, however, particularly as a five-eighth and centre, that he is better known. He played for Queanbeyan in 1946 but transferred to Canberra in 1947. He began the 1948 season in Canberra and, despite inducements to play with Newtown and Dianly, remained with Canberra for a fee of 6 pound per week. He was selected for Group 8, Country, New South Wales and finally in the Australian team which toured England in 1948-49. Hawke left Canberra in August, 1948, buoyed by a gift of just over 10 pound from the Canberra Rugby League. It was sorely needed. Hawke exhausted all his leave entitlements in order to play for Group 8 and then Country. When he applied for additional leave to play for New South Wales against Queensland in Brisbane, virtually the selection trial for the Kangaroos, his application was refused. Nevertheless, he went to Brisbane and was selected in the Kangaroo squad party, but when he returned to work at the Printing Office he was dismissed for being absent without leave.
Hawke played two Tests against Great Britain and two against France on that Kangaroo tour. During the tour he accepted an offer to play with St. George. In his first year he was appointed captain and led his team to win the premiership, which they won for the next three years. Hawke captained New South Wales against Queensland several times in the period 1949-51. He was captain of New South Wales in the State's match against England in 1950, and was expected to be appointed captain of Australia in that season's Test matches, but injured his knee in the State match and did not recover in time to play in the Test matches.
Bruce Hick came to Canberra in the early 1980's in the pursuit of greater rowing and sculling opportunities. It was during his time as a member of the Canberra Rowing Club that Bruce received his first chance to further his rowing career by attaining a scholarship with the ACT Academy of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport.
At the interstate level, Bruce was part of the crew that won the Penrith Cup in 1987 and was also included in the Territory Eight that stunned the rowing world by winning the coveted King's Cup a decade later. Representing his country for the first time, Bruce won bronze in the lightweight quad sculls at the 1990 World Championships, only to return to win gold in the Championships the following year. Bruce and his fellow quad member Gary Lynagh won consecutive gold medals at the World Championships in 1992 and 1993, and silver in the lightweight coxless fours at the 1994 World Championships in Indianapolis. The success continued, resulting in a bronze in the lightweight double sculls at the 1995 World Championships, and a bronze in the same event at the Atlanta Olympic Games the following year.
With a momentary break to start a family, Bruce won his final World Championship medal in 1999. Bruce was ranked in the pantheon of Australia's rowing and sculling 'greats' by the time he had retired at the conclusion of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He had achieved Olympic and Commonwealth Games glory along with an impressive World Championship record in a career spanning 25 years. In recognition of Bruce's achievements he was awarded the OAM and was acclaimed the 1991 ACT Sportstar of the Year for his rowing achievements, a clear indication of the respect he has obtained within the ACT his for his sporting prowess.
Born and bred in Canberra Susan Hobson started competing in Athletics at age 27 and in no time at all was soon competing at international level. Susan was first selected in the Australian team only 3 years after taking up Athletics. During her career Susan was a scholarship holder with the Australian Institute of Sport, ACT Academy of Sport and West Australian Institute of Sport. In Australia she has won an astounding 6 national titles in track, cross country and the marathon. She also competed in two Commonwealth Games, five World Cross Country Championships and one World Championship.
She also found time to raise two children with her husband. These are truly remarkable achievements for someone who did not start competing until 27 years of age. Her determination and hard work has culminated in an amazing 12 year international career full of great memories. Her contribution and passion for athletics cannot be measured. Susan’s achievements have been recognised by Athletics having been awarded the Athletics Australia Edwin Flack Award and winning the ACT Athletics Globe award on three different occasions. She still plays a very valuable role in Athletics through coaching, officiating and volunteering.
Susan is currently a board member of ACT Athletics and the Athletics Australia Distance Running Commission. Susan was previously an Australian Institute of Sport Track and Field Scholarship Coach and has been National Team Coach on several occasions including the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She held the Australian Resident Record for the fastest marathon run by an Australian female in Australia for seven years. Susan Hobson has competed at the olympic games on three occasions, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. Susan was valued so highly that she was selected for the Sydney Olympic games 2000 at the age of 42 for the marathon event.
Stephen began his cycling career with the Canberra Cycling Club in 1980. He was a member of many professional race teams, including riding in the early days of the Spanish team O.N.C.E. Stephen rode as Team Road Captain of Festina and Lotus from 1994 to 1996. As Team Road Captain he used his experience to assist developing riders, presenting himself as a role model and constant presence throughout competitions. During his international professional career, Stephen cycled in many of the World's Grand Tours competing in the Tour de France, six times, the Giro de Italia four times, and the Vuelta de Espagne for four tours. As domestique for his various teams, Stephen ensured their overall success. His best individual achievements in these tours include placing 34th overall in the Tour De France, 19th overall in the Giro De Italia, and 32nd overall in the Vuelta de Espagne.
Stephen's achievements as a cyclist also include finishing 6th at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and achieving twenty-one professional victories. He participated in eight Professional World Road Championships, achieving 8th place in Stuttgart, to record his highest World Championship ranking. Stephen also participated in the Road Race and Individual Time Trial at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Alex “Jezza” Jesaulenko was a footballing genius who undoubtably ranks amongst the best to have played the game of Australian Rules. His ball-handling wizardry, cat-like balance and spectacular marking thrilled crowds for one and a half decades.
He began his playing career in Canberra and in 1967 joined Carlton in the VFL. In 1970 Alex became the first Carlton player to kick 100 goals in a season. He joined St Kilda in 1980 where he finished his playing career. Alex played 15 games for Victoria and captained the Victorian team in 1975. He was chosen in the All-Australian side twice, and was three times third in the Brownlow Medal count.
1964-67 Eastlake 40 Senior Games, ACT 5 Games
1967-79 Carlton 260 Games, 434 Goals
1980-81 St. Kilda 23 Games, 20 Goals
1967-81 Victoria 15 Games
1982-84 St. Kilda Coach
1989-91 Carlton Coach
Mary began playing hockey in 1937 when she was in 4th grade at St Christophers Convent School. She played with that team leaving school in 1941. In 1947 Mary was selected to play in the Canberra representative team for Country Week under the captaincy of Elfreda Bennett. Mary remained in the Canberra representative team until 1960. She was Vice Captain of the team from 1949 until 1952 and in 1953 she was appointed Captain, a position she held until she retired in 1960. In 1950 Mary was selected in the Country Seconds team and in 1953 she was selected in the Country First team. Her 1953 selection was a momentous achievement.
In 1953 Mary made her first NSW State side and remained in the NSW team until 1958. At the conclusion of the Interstate carnival in 1958 Mary was selected as Vice-Captain of the Australian team for the World Tournament to be held in Amsterdam in 1959, thus becoming the first lady from the ACT to be selected in an Australian team. At this tournament Mary was awarded the honour of carrying the Australian flag in the opening ceremony. The Australian team was very successful in this tour. The game was played when the boat to England had a stop over for six hours. On the tour the Australian team defeated Sri Lanka, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Canada, Scotland and South Africa. They drew with England in the round matches, eventually losing to them in the final.
Mary retired from playing in 1960 but maintained an interest in the game through umpiring and coaching until 1972. From 1948-60 Mary was on the committee of the Canberra Women's Hockey Association holding the positions of Treasurer and Match Secretary and being a member of the Selection Committee. In 1961 Mary was appointed a NSW Country selector.
Lorne Lees was one of the ACT's best-ever cricketers, representing the ACT from 1932-51. Lorne represented Southern Districts throughout the 1930's, which was the highest level players could reach at that time unless they lived in Sydney. In the first 60 years of Grade cricket in Canberra, an aggregate of 650 runs in a season was only achieved on five occasions - all by Lees. He also scored two of only three double-centuries scored in these 60 years. He twice achieved an aggregate of 850 runs in a season, something that has only been achieved four times in the ACT.
Lees was an excellent bowler, taking 65 wickets in one season, and was one of only three players in the ACT to take 16 wickets in a match. Lees also played all football codes in country competition and was later a Rugby League referee. He was appointed to referee the England v. Monaro match in 1951 but had to withdraw due to injury. Lees was an excellent tennis player and a clay-pigeon shooter.
Ken is regarded as Australia's all-time best Triple Jumper. At the time of induction Ken was the current National record holder for Triple Jump with a best performance of 17.46 metres set in London on 7 August 1982. His 1982 jump was also a British All-Comers record and at the time of induction Ken's leap was the 4th best recorded jump of all time.
Ken came through the junior ranks with the North Canberra Athletic Club and then competed for the now defunct Striders Wests Athletics Club as a senior. From 1974-78 Ken attended the Southern Illinois University in the United States on an athletic scholarship and in 1978 was selected as an All American. Also in 1978 Ken competed at the Edmonton Commonwealth Games where he placed 4th in the Triple Jump and 8th in the Long Jump.
Ken represented Australia at two Olympic Games. At the Moscow Olympics in 1980 he was a finalist in Triple Jump finishing in 8th place. He also competed at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. In other international competition Ken placed 6th in Triple Jump at the Rome World Cup in 1981 and competed at the Helsinki World Championships in 1983. The highlight of Ken's career came at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games when he won a Silver Medal in the Triple Jump with a jump of 17.54 metres (wind assisted).
1973 Junior Long Jump and Triple Jump National Champion
1980-84 Senior Triple Jump National Champion
1982 Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist
Described as a "living legend" at Eastlake Football Club, Kenneth MacDonald has been involved with the administration of Australian Football for over 50 years. Kenneth is a life member of the Eastlake Football Club and of the ACT League, and is also a recipient of the National Football League's Certificate of merit for his contribution to football.
Over such a long period, Mr McDonald's achievements are numerous. He has guided a leading Football club to many sporting successes. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing and managing a licensed club with the key objective of advancing sport in general, not just Australian Football.
In a fine example of determination it was Ken's drive that led to the development of the clubhouse adjacent to Kingston Oval in 1953. He organised the labour for this endeavour and helped redirect the project many years later. One must look no further than Ken's Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), for proof of Kens drive, energy and dedication to his sport. His achievements stand out for all the sporting community to see.
A hard-working and talented prop, Stuart Macdougall represented his district, state and country in Rugby Union. He played for the ACT Rugby Union representative team from 1970 to 1975. Stuart captained both the ACT and Western Districts rugby teams, and was widely involved in all aspects of ACT Rugby Union during his time in Canberra. He played with a strong set of values and thus earned a great deal of respect from players, officials and administrators alike. In a period of rugby renowned for it's tough physical play and power at the front of the scrum, Stuart's abilities were unmatched.
Stuart's representative career for the Wallabies included eight tests, against England and New Zealand from 1973 to 1976. ACT Rugby Union's Player of the Year Award, the Macdougall Medal, is evidence of the high esteem in which Stuart is held in the ACT Rugby community. Stuart continues to be highly regarded by all those involved with rugby because of his loyalty to the game and his fellow players.
George Makin joined the City Bowling Club in 1949 at the age of 32 and was a member of the pair that won the Canberra City Pairs Championship only three years later. He transferred to Canberra South in 1959 and before he left Canberra in 1975 he had won his club's singles championship 9 times. He also competed in pairs, triples and fours during his club career and amassed 13 titles in these discipline. At the Federal District Bowling Association and the National Capital Tournament he won 10 Singles Championships, 7 Pairs Championships and 4 Fours Championships. He also was the first Champion of Club Champions in Canberra in 1969 and won it again three times before 1975.
In short, in the 23 years he was bowling in Canberra he won an average of more than two club or regional championships every year. At different times in his career between 1958 - 1970, Makin captained teams representing the Federal District Bowls Association. He also captained Queensland in 1976. Perhaps his most notable achievement came in 1958, after a series of elimination matches against the best bowlers in Australia. A four skippered by Makin won the Right to represent Australia in the Empire Games in Cardiff, Wales.
As bowls are not part of the Olympic Games the Empire Games are therefore the highest international level to which a bowler can aspire. In 1962 Makin's Four again won the right to represent Australia, this time in the Games in Perth. The most interesting statistic in George Makin’s career is that he was the first person in Canberra to captain an Australian team in any sport.
Wally Masur was born in Southampton, England and began playing tennis at the young age of eight. In 1981, at age 18, Wally won the Australian Juniors Championships and one-year later turned professional with a world ranking for that year of 287. Early on in his career Wally won his first singles title at Hong Kong and his first doubles title at Taipei (w/Warwick) in 1983. He also reached the Quarter Final of the Australian Open taking his ranking to 66. Wally won his second title at Adelaide defeating Scanlon and upsetting Becker to reach the semi final at the Australian Open in 1987.
Wally had his best season of his career in 1993 reaching Rosemalen and Manchester finals, along with five semi finals, including the U.S Open. He won the Milan and Stuttgart-indoor doubles and also reached the semi finals of the Australian Open and Indian Wells to qualify for the World Doubles Championships. 1993 saw Wally hit a career high world ranking of 8 in the doubles and 21 in the singles. Wally has since retired from elite competition and now puts his energy into commentary and media. He is heavily involved in the commentary of the Australian Open and other international events as well as avidly involved in grass roots development of Tennis throughout Australia.
As a player Colin represented Queanbeyan in 220 first grade games in the ACT Rugby Union competition, but his greatest contribution to the game came through his dedication to coaching and administration. Colin has coached various rugby teams for over 26 years. In 1974 he assisted with the formation of the Rothman’s coaching scheme, attaining his Rothman’s coaching badge in 1976 and his advance level Coaching Badge in 1978. Junior teams coached by Colin include the ACT under 16 representative sides who were NSW State Champions in 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, and Australian Champions in 1975 and 1976; the St Edmund’s College First XV, winners of the Waratah Shield 1984-89 and 1991; the ACT Schools team, Australian Champions in 1986 and 1988;and the Australian Under 17 team on tours to New Zealand in 1982 and 1984.
In senior Rugby competition Colin has coached the Queanbeyan First Grade team to ACT premierships from 1981-83; the Australian Navy, winners of the Australian Services Championships in 1988 and 1989; and the ACT Senior team from 1978-80. One of Colin’s most notable achievements was coaching the ACT senior side to a victory over Wales in 1978. At the time Wales were the Five Nations Champions. In 1987 Colin was named ACT Rugby Union Coach of the Year. Colin has been a senior official of the Queanbeyan Rugby Club since 1960.
In addition he served on the committee of the Queanbeyan Rugby Union Football Club from 1960-70, was a foundation member of the licensed club in 1965 and a director from 1965-95. He has also held the positions of Senior Vice President of the Queanbeyan Rugby Club from 1971-77, Deputy Chairman Queanbeyan Rugby Union Licensed Club from 1981-85 and President of the Licensed Club from 1986-88. He was part of the formation of ACT Rugby Union in 1960 and from 1973-77 served as Vice-President of ACT Rugby Union. He has also been a member of the Australian Schools Rugby Foundation Committee since 1989.
Colin has been awarded life memberships to the following organisations Queanbeyan Pastoral Horticultural and Agricultural Society (1979), Queanbeyan Rugby Football Club (1980), Queanbeyan Rugby Club limited (licensed Club) (1981), ACT Rugby Union (1984) and ACT Schools Rugby Union (1989).
Taking up water skiing at the age of six Bronwyn had become a proficient skier on a single ski by age seven and as a nine year old entered in local club events in all facets of the sport. During her sporting career as State Representative 1977-85, and Australian Representative 1978-85, Bronwyn reached No. 2 World Ranking, was four times Australian Champion, and six times International Australian Team Member.
Bronwyn received four Gold medals as a member of the winning Australian Team and won two World Group III Gold medals. As the first Water Skier from the ACT to represent Australia at World level, Bronwyn McCaskill's high media profile during that time improved the public awareness of Water Skiing within the Territory. Her contribution led to the development of a strong family and social club, the Canberra Barefoot Water Ski Club.
1977-85 ACT Barefoot Champion
1977-79 Australian Sub Junior Champion
1978 World and Australian Tricks Record
Holder Second overall Women's World Barefoot Championships
1979 Set World Women's Backwards Speed Record at 67.79kph
Warren McDonald grew up in Tasmania and came to Canberra when his father was awarded the contract to build Canberra’s first houses. He played cricket for Northbourne cricket club. There were few representative matches in the 1920’s and therefore McDonald cannot claim the same impressive aggregates as today’s players.
He captained FCT in all its representative matches for a period of five years. In 1927 and 1928 he captained Federal Capital Territory (FCT) against a teams which Arthur Mailey brought to Canberra. The team included three Test and a Sheffield Shield player. In the following year he again captained FCT’s against another team brought to Canberra by Mailey. This team included three Test players and four Shefield Shield players, one of whom was Don Bradman. In these matches he scored 73 and 42 as an opening batsman and took 4/19 and 2/18 as a fast medium bowler McDonald was an excellent Australian Footballer, captaining Acton’s premiership team in 1927. He was captain of Canberra’s representative team from 1927 to 1929, including its first two interstate matches against Queensland and Western Australia.
McDonald was also a keen golfer and an active member of the Canberra Racing Club in 1930’s. McDonald also contributed to the administration of cricket and football in Canberra. McDonald was a member of the Council of the FCT Cricket Association for five years, Treasurer of the Association from 1927 until 1928, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chairman of its Selection Committee for several years.
He was President of the Australian Football League in 1947, the first year Canberra played in an Australian National Football Council Carnival. He was also Patron of the League from 1962 until 1964 and was President of the Royal Canberra Golf Club from 1939 to 1950.
McDonald donated most of the building materials used in the construction of the Canberra Alpine Club Chalet on Mt Franklin in 1938, and built the Chalet at a nominal cost, which greatly expanded the opportunities for skiing in the Brindabellas, which in turn led to FCT’s admission to the Australian interstate Ski Championships in 1939.
Herb McEachin came to Canberra to play in a local basketball carnival in 1978 and was asked to join the Canberra Cannons team to compete in the first year of the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1979. Herb played for the Canberra Cannons up until 1992, a total of 14 consecutive years with the Canberra Cannons. He is the only player to date to have played his entire NBL career with one Club, a sign of great loyalty. Herb was the first player in the NBL to reach 2000 points and was the first player to play 300 games.
At the time of induction, Herb held the title of most games ever played for the Canberra Cannons with 341 games, also most points 5,899, 6th best in field percentage over his career (53%), second in assists (695), third in blocked shots (189), second in steals (458), fifth in defensive assists, first in offensive rebounds (280), third in defensive rebounds (840) and, first in total rebounds (1,509). Herb was selected in the NBL All Star team in 1980 and 1990 and is recognised as having had one of the most distinguished careers of any NBL player to date.
Rifle Shooting In addition to his involvement in administration of the sport, over the years Jim has continued to participate in his chosen sport with a high degree of success, up until passing away in 2003. He has won ten Kings and Queens badges, numerous open prize meetings and has represented Australia in international matches. Jim was awarded Honorary Life Membership to the Canberra Rifle Club in 1954, Life Membership to the NSWRA in 1975 and Life Membership to the NRAA in 1992.
1934-96 Committee member Canberra
1937-39 Captain Canberra Rifle Club
1939-43 War service (Canberra Rifle Club Association of Australia (NRAA) in recess)
1946-64 Captain Canberra Rifle Club
1949-59 President southern Districts Rifle Shooting Association Club Union (SDRCU)
1950-84 Councillor NSW Rifle Association
1960-64 Secretary Canberra Rifle Club Shooting
1962-72 President SDRCU
1974-82 Treasurer SDRCU Rifle Club
1974-84 Member Executive Council NSWRA
1975 Vice President National Rifle
1976-85 Executive Vice President NRAA
1977-81 NRAA Delegate to Australian
1979-81 Deputy Chairman NRAA
1980 Order of Australia Medal for (NSWRA) - record term services to the sport of Rifle
1982-83 NSWRA Delegate to NRAA
Les McIntyre is known as the doyen of rugby league administrators to emerge from NSW Country Rugby League. In Canberra he is affectionately known as the "Founding Father of the Raiders". McIntyre was chairman on the inaugural Raiders' board in 1982 and remained in this position at the time of his induction. His rugby league roots trace back to the 1930's when he was a player with the Queanbeyan United Blues.
However, he turned his focus to administration where he transformed the Blues into the most dominant club in Country NSW and was the driving force behind the establishment of the Queanbeyan Leagues Club. McIntyre launched the successsful bid for Canberra to become the NSWRL's 14th club in 1982. Les always had the vision of the Canberra region developing into the Rugby League capital of the world and he went a long way towards achieving that goal when the Raiders won premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1994.
Les McIntyre has been awarded Life Membership with seven organisations - Queanbeyan United Junior Rugby League Club, Queanbeyan United Senior Rugby League Club, Monaro Division, NSW Country Rugby League, Queanbeyan Leagues Club, Canberra Raiders and NSW Rugby League.
Heather McKay was undefeated in competitive squash matches between 1962 and 1981, when she retired from active open squash.
She won the British Women’s Squash Championship a record 16 times, and the Australian Women’s Squash Championships for 14 consecutive years.
She is a member of the World Squash Hall of Fame and the Australian Sports Hall of Fame. Heather was also named in the Australian Women’s Hockey Team in 1967 and 1971, and has been the USA Women’s Professional Racquet-ball Champion three times.
In 1985 Heather was named coach of the Australian Institute of Sport Squash Division, and has remained actively involved in the sport.
1962-81 Undefeated in competitive squash matches
1967 ABC Sportsman of the Year
1975 Voted Australia’s No. 1 sports representative of the previous 20 years
1985 Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Peter McMenamin began playing competition darts in Canberra in 1966 and in the same year he became involved as an administrator. Peter was President of the Canberra Darts Association and the ACT Darts Council for 16 years from 1968 until 1984. He was also President of the Australasian Darts Council from 1976 to 1980.
Not only was Peter’s dedication to darts visible in the ACT and Australian regions, but his contribution to the growth of darts on the world stage was highlighted during his four years as vice-president and 19 years as President of the World Darts Federation. Peter was involved in all aspects of the darts playing community, from coaching, officiating and from grassroots to top-level administration.
Both Peter and his contribution to the sport of darts and the ACT region will long be held in the highest of regards.
Mal Meninga is regarded as one of the all-time greats of Australian sport holding a special place in the hearts and minds of rugby league followers not only in Australia, but on an International scale.
Born in Bundaberg and taught to play rugby league by his father, Mal Meninga grew to represent all that is best in sport. It is a remarkable achievement that by the end of his playing Career, Mal was the most capped Test player (45 caps), in the game’s history and the most capped State of Origin player (32caps). Mal also has scored the most points in both Test (72) and State of Origin football (161). He was honoured with an Order of Australia in 1994 and in 1995 won the Australian Achiever of the Year.
He played in an unprecedented four Kangaroos tours, including two as captain, made eleven grand final appearances and played in over 400 First Grade matches. He has won a number of outstanding awards over his career including Centre of the Year (1991), Captain of the Year (1991), Adidas Golden Boot Award for the Best Player in the World (1990), and was the Sports Tourism Ambassador for the Year (1993). In 1997 he took over the role as Head Coach of the Canberra Raiders and is still in the position today.
Alan epitomises the spirit of the Queanbeyan Tigers Australian Football Club. He is regarded as the 'living legend' of the club who portrays all the attributes of the complete Club person.
His involvement with the club as a player commenced in 1947 as a member of the successful Intermediate Premiership team which went on to win two premierships. He has held many official capacities at the club during his time including President (1951), Secretary (1959-1961), Senior Vice-President (1981), Publicity Officer (1950, 1957-61, 1984-2000), Member of the Tigers Building Committee in the establishment of its Licensed Club (1978-1981) and ACTAFL Tribunal delegate (1985-2000).
His long involvement with the club has been recognised by his induction to the impressive Wall of Fame, Life Membership, QAFC Merit Certificate, induction into the QAFC 100 Club and the ACTAFL 200 Club, both of which are recognition of his 225 first Grade games played with the Tigers Club, (a record which stood for 32 years). He was awarded the ACTAFL Media Award in conjunction with the Queanbeyan Age in 1999. Alan's vast knowledge of the game is unsurpassed and through combining his Junior and Senior football career has provided over 60 years of service as both a player and administrator. He has been a wonderful ambassador for the AFL in the advancement of its development in Canberra.
International footballer Julie Murray is one of Australia's best female footballers. From very early on in her playing career, Julie showed a strong talent for the sport, and a keen sense of understanding and vision. This was first recognised by the selectors of the ACT Open Women's team, who saw this gift when Julie was at the young age of 13. This was closely followed by her selection in the Australian Women's Matildas team at age 15, a position which she held for the majority of her career. Julie's representation of the ACT spanned a period of 10 years, playing in the U15, U17 and Open levels.
Julie's great skill and understanding were again recognised when she was chosen for the captaincy position for the Matildas at the 1995 and 1999 FIFA World Championships, and again at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, along with numerous other international games and championships.
Julie's international playing career took a great leap in 1990, when she became the first Australian female player to receive a professional playing contract in 1990, for Fortuna Hjorring in Denmark.
Perhaps Julie's greatest season was that which she spent at the San Jose CyberRays in 2001. Julie competed in the first series of the USA professional women's league, and scored the winning goal in the penalty shootout in the grand final, making the CyberRays inaugural WUSA Premiers. Julie was the top goal scorer for the CyberRays in 2001, and was named the Most Valuable Player for the season. For her efforts in the WUSA 2001 season, Julie was nominated for the Best Female Soccer Player at the 10th Excellence in Sports Performance Year Awards (ESPY) along with other female football greats including Mia Hamm.
Other major awards Julie has received over the years in recognition of her abilities and achievements include: the Julie Dolan Medal for the national league player of the year and International Player of the Year in 1998/99 Australian Women's NSL; and being named in the inaugural FIFA World All Stars team in 1999. In 2005, Julie received the highest honour bestowed to a football player, being appointed as a FIFA Ambassador for women's football.
At the time of her retirement in 2002, Julie had played 67 international games and scored 19 goals. She is well respected amongst the football community and has earned her rightful place in the ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame.
John Mulrooney was born in Melbourne in 1894 and came to live in Canberra in 1927. Although he never played the game, John was an outstanding administrator for the Australian Football League. John has received many awards for the years that he devoted to the Australian sporting community. John was elected as President of the Canberra Australian Football League in 1928. He continued as President until 1946, except in 1935 when he acted as Secretary. During this time, John was largely responsible for the introduction of AFL into the schools in Canberra. During 1939 to 1941, John was also President of the Acton and Ainslie football clubs.
From 1928 to 1946 John was Canberra's delegate to the National Football Council. In 1936 the Canberra Australian Football League initiated an award for the best and fairest player in each season's competition and named it the Mulrooney Medal. This award serves as reminder of John's long and outstanding commitment to AFL in the ACT. In 1940 he was made a Life Member of the Canberra Australian Football League, and the Australian Football Council honoured John with Life Membership in 1946. John's devotion to the sport of AFL continues to be recognised by the ACT AFL community.
As the youngest Australian ever to win the Australian Men's Open 100 metre sprint, Paul Narracott is considered by many sports journalists, coaches and athletes as Australia's greatest 100 metre sprinter. Looking at the statistics it is easy to see why. In his track and field career, Paul won six Australian 100 metre Open Championships and represented Australia at the World Championships and both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
In his most notable performance, Paul placed seventh in the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki. In achieving this he became the first Australian male sprinter since 1956 to compete in a world class 100 metre final. For this remarkable achievement Paul was awarded the Sport Australia Award for 1983. Whilst not restricting his talent to a single sport, Paul became a dual Olympian when he represented Australia in Bobsleigh at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. In doing so Paul became the only Australian in Olympic history to have represented Australia in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
Paul Narracott has competed for his club, the ACT and Australia at the most elite sporting levels. In his career Paul was recognised as a true sportsman, competitor and ambassador for his sport. A worthy inductee into the Hall of Fame, Paul has done the ACT community proud.
Colin Nicholas began coaching junior cricketers in Canberra in the 1940's and continued to do so for over fifty years. He was one of three men who established the ACT Junior Cricket Association soon after the Second World War and was a member of the ACT Schools Cricket Committee from its establishment in 1968 until it was absorbed by the ACT Cricket Association Youth Council in 1981.
The Junior Cricket Association was incorporated into the ACT Cricket Association in 1953 and Nicholas served on the Association's Junior Committee until 1986. During those years he arranged the Saturday morning competitions and the representative program for the junior age groups. Also during this period he coached and managed some of his own club's junior teams, acting as their transport officer and umpire. He was elected a Life Member of the ACT Cricket Association in 1967 for services to junior cricket.
In January, 1984, Colin was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of his contribution to junior cricket. In October 1984 the ACT Administration recognised his efforts with one of the first of its Community Services Awards.
Michael O’Connor has developed a reputation as a superb centre who possessed an array of natural talents and established a host of point scoring records at Test level.
Originally from Canberra, O’Connor toured with the Australian Rugby Union Schoolboys in 1977 and went on to play 13 Tests with the Wallabies. In 1983, O’Connor switched to rugby league, signing with St George. His outstanding skill gained him selection with the NSW State of Origin team just two years later.
Michael still holds the record for most origin tries, goals and points by a NSW player.
At the end of the 1992 season, still on top and producing his best as captain of the Sea Eagles, O’Connor announced his retirement.
1983-1986 St. George 71 Games
1987-92 Manly 116 Games
1986-91 NSW 19 Games
1985-90 Australia 17 Tests
1979-92 Australia 13 Tests
1981-82 Teachers North, QLD
Tom O'Connor is widely accepted as one of the most talented and naturally gifted all-round sportsmen Queanbeyan has produced, excelling in tennis, cricket, football, golf and boxing. In 1921, prior to gaining prominence in other sports, he won a National Service Welter Weight boxing title. In 1931, Tom was a member of the four-man team which won the coveted Blackwell Cup, the symbol of hardcourt tennis supremacy in NSW. The same year he represented NSW in a victorious tour of Queensland.
Tom O'Connor had an uncanny aptitude for many sports. He is one of the few to represent at Country Week in both cricket and rugby league. He was a member of the 1928 and 1929 Southern NSW teams led by the immortal Eric Weissel. He was Queanbeyan's Rugby League captain on several occcassions in the 1920's. He was captain-coach of Cooma when they won the Massy Cup in 1932, the symbol of inter-town supremacy in the southern districts.
O'Connor was a talented cricketer. He was a fast medium bowler and a hard hitting batsman. In 1928 he took 7/37 against a team of Sydney players which Arthur Mailey brought to Canberra. Among his victims were four Test and/or Sheffield Shield players including Don Bradman, who O'Connor clean bowled. In the following year he was selected to represent Southern Districts against England, at Goulburn. O'Connor was also selected for Southern Districts in the Country Week Carnivals in 1927-28 and 1928-29. In 1940 Tom proved his versatility by winning the Queanbeyan Golf Club Championship with a record round of 69. This was only 18 months after he first hit a golf ball.
Born in Canberra in 1968, John Pennay has continued to reside in the nations capital. A shining example of local sporting talent, John won every ACT Open Class overall Barefoot Waterskiing State Championship from 1986 to the time of his retirement in 1998. In this period John was also awarded the prestigious ACT Male Sportstar of the Year award in 1994. In 1990 John tasted success on a National scene when he won the Australian Masters overall title. He went on to win this title four times in a row. In 1991 he also won the first of his four Australian National Overall Championships.
On the international scene John proved to be a stalwart of the sport, representing Australia at six straight World Championships from 1988 to 1998 winning two gold, nine silver and two bronze medals. John's World Titles included the 1994 World Overall Championship and the 1994 World Open Tricks Title. In addition he won the United States Open Jump Title in 1996 and placed second overall at the 1993 World Games in Amsterdam. Ranked World Number One in 1992-93 and again in 1994-95 plus being chosen as Australian team captain, John Pennay is a fine example to the ACT Community of an athlete whose commitment and dedication has taken him to the pinnacle of his chosen sport.
During his eleven-year hockey career, Graham Reid rose to great heights as an Australian goalkeeper. A resident of Queanbeyan for many years, Graham represented the ACT from 1972 to 1980. In the period from 1970-80, Graham represented Australia on numerous occasions. He played in the World Cup in 1971, and represented Australia at the Olympics in 1972 and 1976. Graham was also selected to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Not only was Graham an adept goalkeeper, he was a formidable centre forward when he played in club level matches. Graham’s ability on the field was recognised in 1970 when he was awarded the prestigious Brophy Medal providing further recognition of an athlete of whom the ACT region can be very proud.
Originally from Adelaide, Donald Victor Selth grew up with a natural love for sport and all his life he combined sport with academic success.
His life long passion for sport started a few months after his sixth birthday when we witnessed Donald Bradman score 299 not out against South Africa. While studying at University Selth regularly wrote about sports and took it upon himself to broadcast sporting events catching the attention of the ABC’s Sporting Supervisor which resulted in the start of Don’s 12 year career with the ABC broadcasting Track and Field. Don was at that time one of only three Australian members of the International Association of Track and Field Statisticians.
After moving to Canberra to take up a headmaster position Selth wrote The History of the PM’s XI and Cricket on the Limestone Plains: The history of the ACT Cricket Association and wrote countless sports history related articles for The Canberra Times. Upon learning of the need for capable goal umpires in the ACT Australian Football competition Selth volunteered to help out and typically went on to become President of the ACT Australian Football Umpires Association for 2 years. He was part of two very large developments being the 2 field umpire system and negotiating sponsorship with Lennock Motors Datsun. In 1979 he wrote The Art of Goal Umpiring and distributed it to all clubs with the aim of encouraging people to become umpires. As an umpire he managed to officiate an amazing 156 first grade games and 5 first grade grand finals.
In 1980 he was made an honorary life member of the ACT Australian Football Umpires Association.
Throughout his lifetime Don has been involved in almost every aspect of sport while maintaining a successful career as a teacher and public servant. He was an athlete, coach, umpire, administrator, historian, selector and commentator. Broadcasting Track and Field at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics is no doubt a career highlight.
In 1982 Her Majesty appointed Don a member of the Royal Victorian Order and in 2000 was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in recognition for his contribution to sport throughout his lifetime. At his death Don was finishing a history on ACT sport titled Canberra's Sporting Heritage 1854-1954, which is to be published.
Phil Smyth played 254 games for the Canberra Cannons in the National Basketball League between 1983 and 1992. He co-captained the Cannons in 1983 and was then captain from 1984 until 1992. During this period of time Phil was named as the Cannons' Most Valuable Player in 1983, 1988 and 1989. In five seasons from 1983 to 1989, Phil was voted into the NBL All Star Five and was also named the NBL's Best Defensive Player in 1988 and 1989.
Phil had a distinguished representative career with the Australian National Basketball Team, the Boomers, playing 46 representative games between 1977 and 1994. He also captained the team from 1981 until 1994. Phil competed in four Olympic Games from 1980 to 1992 and five World Basketball Championships from 1978 to 1994. Phil was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in 1988 and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1997. His dedication and commitment to the game of basketball has ensured that the people of Canberra will long hold Phil in the highest of regards.
As a promising youngster, Sharon Stekelenburg moved to Canberra in 1991 in an attempt to further her already successful Barefoot Water Skiing career. After a successful junior career, Sharon began to move in and assert her dominance at the Senior National level. In a decade of dominance beginning in 1988, Sharon won the National title ten times in 11 years, including nine straight titles. The highlight of Sharon's career was winning the 1998 World Championship in Sydney including a gold medal in the Tricks event. At this event Sharon also set a World Record in the Slalom event to add to her Jump World Records achieved at the 1996 World Championships. Sharon also placed second overall at the 1988, 1992, 1994 & 1996 World Championships.
Sharon has represented Australia at seven World Championships. Only one other person has attended more Water Skiing World Championship events. Through her achievements Sharon has demonstrated that the ACT can facilitate sporting excellence on an International scene. She was recognised for her efforts as the overall female winner of the ACT Sportstar of the Year Awards in 1993 1994 and 1998.
Megan Still was first offered the opportunity to row with the initial Talent Identification Program in 1988. The following year she won the New South Wales state titles and in 1990 Megan was selected on the national junior rowing team that came fourth at the World Junior Championships.
Megan broke into the national senior team in 1991 and made five appearances in finals at World Championships and Olympic Games. Megan and her partner Kate Slatter went through 1995 undefeated in national and international competition, culminating in winning the World Championship in Finland. In winning, the pair became the first Australian oarswomen to win a world title in an Olympic rowing event.
Fresh from victory at the Amsterdam International Regatta in June, Megan and Kate went to the Atlanta Olympics as hot favourites. Despite strong competition from the Americans Megan and Kate clinched victory, becoming the first Australian female crew in history to win an Olympic gold medal. Having achieved her ultimate dream of Olympic gold Megan retired shortly after Atlanta and remains a highly sought after corporate speaker.
A dual International in both Rugby League and Rugby Union, Ricky Stuart's talents are clearly visible for the sports enthusiast. After captaining the St. Edmunds First XV Rugby Union Waratah Shield winning team in 1984, Ricky went on to represent the Wallabies on their 1987 tour to Argentina. Ricky then embarked on one of the most successful Rugby League careers in the history of the game.
The man they call "Sticky" played 203 first grade games for the Canberra Raiders in a career spanning 11 years. In his time at the Raiders, Ricky was instrumental in guiding the Raiders to Australian Rugby League Premiership victories in 1989, 1990 and 1994. His talent and creative play were rewarded with a berth in the NSW State of Origin side in 1990 and a Test spot with the Kangaroos in the same year. Eventually Ricky went on to play 14 matches for NSW and 9 Test matches for Australia To top off an already amazing career, Ricky was awarded Rugby Leagues three most coveted medals, the Clive Churchill Medal in 1990, Rothmans medal in 1993 and the prestigious Dally M medal in 1993. An amazing athlete with undeniable talent, Ricky has made the ACT Region proud and will forever be remembered in the hearts of Canberra residents.
Hungarian born Nicolas Szego lived in Budapest and Rumania, as a youngster until he emigrated to Australia in 1964, settling in Queanbeyan. He was a soccer referee for 26 years, gaining world class recognition as the holder of an FIFA Category One international referees Certificate, controlling many international matches in Europe and Australian until his retirement in 1974.
His football career finished at the age of 19 due to injury. His love for the sport however, saw him dedicate his life to refereeing. In Romania Nick began controlling first class division matches and eventually was given the honour of controlling many international matches. He was unable to referee outside Rumania due to communist Government regulations but still controlled a staggering 47 international matches and officiated at a World Youth Tournament.
His highest honour came in 1958 when he was chosen by Rumania for inclusion on Lexicon containing the names of the top referees of each European country. In Australia, Nick controlled many international and interstate matches, grand finals and cup finals. He refereed a match between the world famous "Dynamo Moscow" team and a Canberra/Queanbeyan team. Nick was also in control of an international match between Czechoslovakia and Australia in the 1960's.
He has served as an examiner and lecturer, grader and referees and National League inspector and remained active in the sport as a columnist, commentator and technical adviser to clubs. Nick is a life member of the ACT division of the Australian Soccer Referees Federation and received Special Service Award from Soccer Canberra in 1998. Nick was inducteed into the Queanbeyan Hall of Fame in 1993.
Bill Tickner was born near Goulburn in 1883 and came to live in the Canberra region before WWI. He played cricket in the Goulburn and Canberra regions for at least 20 years before the ACT Cricket Association was formed in 1922. He commenced his representative career in 1922 and represented the ACT in every representative match through 1941.
He was an excellent batsman who made a century in several representative games, but it was as a bowler that he was best known. His best season in District cricket was 1929-30 when he took 94 wickets (still the Association's record aggregate) at an average of 6.87. In his twelve seasons of District cricket his accurate slow-medium off-spinners took 634 wickets at an average of 9.88. He finished his First Grade career at the age of 61 with 8/19, 8/27 and 6/17 in successive weekends.
Tickner was a member of the Southern Districts XIII which played England in Goulburn in February 1929, when he had the figures of 3/45, including clean-bowling Jack Hobbs, then the world's best batsman. In April 1939, when he was 55, he took 6/12 off seven overs against a Metropolitan team that included Stan McCabe, Bill O'Reilly and four other Sheffield Shield players.
Tickner was Chairman of the Permit and Umpires Comittee and a member of the Selection Committee for a number of years and the Cricket Association's Assistant Secretary for seven years. From 1938-48 he was Secretary of the Southern Districts Cricket Council and in 1946 he was made a Life Member of the Council. Tickner was also curator of Manuka Oval from 1940 to 1947.
Dave Vickers has been involved in the administration of baseball in the ACT since its inception in 1957.
In 1957 Dave was a member of a group that formed the first recognised baseball competition in the ACT. He was also involved in establishing one of the foundation teams – The Canberra Club. Dave took on the role of Public Relations Officer in raising the profile of Baseball in the ACT. Dave then became the announcer for all matches of the day something he has continued for the past 50 years.
Dave held the position of President with the Junior Baseball Association from inception in 1961 until amalgamation with the senior body in 1973 when life membership of the Senior Baseball Association was conferred upon him. During his time as President of the juniors, he played a key role in steps to ensure baseball’s success, such as changing baseball in the ACT and NSW from winter to summer and the introduction of T-Ball for juniors. T-Ball has now been expanded nationally. The creation of the Eagles Baseball Club, the Umpires Association, and the development of interstate matches were also among his achievements.
He also represented the ACT Baseball Association at national meetings, after one of which the ACT was accepted into national junior competitions. Dave is a Life Member of the ACT Baseball Association and Ainslie Football Club. His place in the ActewAGL Hall of Fame is truly warranted. During his 50 year’s working with baseball in the ACT he has continually worked tirelessly on the development and promotion of the sport.
Dave Vickers is a true sporting pioneer in the ACT, his commitment to the development of baseball is immeasurable. He is a priceless asset to his chosen sport and there is no doubting baseball would not be where it is today without Dave’s contribution. Dave has long been a motivated leader driven by his passion for baseball. Baseball in the ACT will forever be indebted to Dave Vickers.
His family, are still very involved with Ainslie Baseball Club carrying on a proud family tradition.
Steve Walters grew up playing junior football in Ipswich, Queensland and made his First Grade debut at the age of 18 for the Brisbane Norths.
After accepting a contract in 1986 to play in Canberra he played a total of 228 games for the Canberra Raiders from 1986-1996. His position of Hooker is not renowned for scoring tries, however his tenacious play led him to score a total of 41 tries throughout his Raiders career. He played in five Grand Finals, three of which resulted in Premiership wins. He was awarded the Canberra Raiders player of the season in 1991 and most consistent player in 1993.
A fierce competitor known to team mates as ‘Boxhead’ Steve excelled in his representative career both nationally and internationally. He was a member of the Queensland State of Origin team between 1990 and 1996, and scored four tries. His international career included representing Australia in 15 test matches from 1991-1994.
In addition to his illustrious Canberra Raiders career Steve participated in three Super League internationals in 1997, played 35 games for the North Queensland Cowboys and seven games for the Newcastle Knights.
Adored by his fans Steve completed his First Grade rugby league career in 1999. in 2001 he was selected in the Greatest Ever Canberra Raiders Team when the club celebrated their 20 year anniversary. This prestigious honour put him alongside fellow Hall of Fame inductees Mal Meninga, Ricky Stuart, Bradley Clyde and Laurie Daley.
Despite retiring, Steve is currently still heavily involved in representative football, managing both the QLD State of Origin and Australian Representative Teams.
Johnny Warren is one of the most respected names in the sport of Soccer, with an incredible level of experience as a player, administrator and media personality. He captained the Socceroos for eight years and led Australia through three World Cup campaigns from 1964 to 1974, including a major involvement in the Socceroos' only World Cup appearance in 1974.
Johnny played more than 50 full international games in addition to more than 400 domestic first division matches. Johnny was vital in the establishment of Canberra City Soccer Club. Building the team from scratch on a very tight budget, Johnny turned out a competitive team and identified some talented young players.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Johnny held soccer coaching clinics through the 'Johnny Warren Socceroo Academy' at his property in Gold Creek. These clinics helped young hopefuls in achieving their dreams of playing the best possible Soccer.
Johnny's services to the game were acknowledged in 1973 when he became the first Soccer identity to be presented with an MBE and in 1988 he was one of 200 sports stars to be inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame. Johnny is also an inaugural inductee into the Soccer Australia Hall of Fame. The same leadership, determination and abilities that made Johnny such a success on field, transferred across and made him one of the most insightful and dedicated sports administrators of the modern era.
Ken Williams was born in Queanbeyan on August 23, 1933, being the fourth son, one of nine children Ken was one of the most versatile champion sportsmen to have graced the various sporting arenas throughout the nation. Although he was an outstanding Australian Rules footballer, a brilliant cricketer and a better than average tennis player, it was in lawn bowls that he carved his name in history winning numerous international, national, state, zone, district and club tournaments during his star studded career.
Ken's achievements on the local scene included District Singles and pairs Champion from 1969 - 72: District Singles Champion of Club Champions from 1970 - 74: District Triples Champion from 1973 - 74 and runner-up to Austin Mead in the District Singles Championship 1978 - 79. In addition, in 1971,73,74 and 78 Ken won Gold Medals in the Canberra South's National Master Invitation Tournament, a record that has never been broken. Between 1969 and 1977 Ken captured various titles for Canberra and Queanbeyan. Ken's illustrious career hit a high in the 80's when he attended the World Indoor Singles and the Hong Kong Master pairs in 1986.
One of Ken's most significant achievements was a bronze medal in the World Pairs in 1984 and a gold medal in at the Pan Pacific Games in 1990. Ken also represented Australia in the singles and Triples and the Pacific Games in 1987. Ken's total major lawn Bowls victories exceeded 100 and included Master singles titles in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Another highlight of his career was winning the Australian fours title with his close friend and fellow Australian representative bowler Ken Woods, Barry
Slater and Tisha McIntosh.
Ken represented Australia on 100 occasions being the nations most capped player. Ken Williams was awarded an OAM for services and outstanding achievements in the sport of Lawn Bowls.
Tania started waterskiing at the age of 6 and won her first Australian title when she was 12 years old. Tania competed in and won all age divisions and open sections in speed and marathon ski racing at Club, Zone, Interzone, State and National levels over a period of ten years from 1978 - 1988.
During her career Tania was selected as an Australian representative for USA Championships 10 times, was 12 times Australian Champion, 14 times NSW State Champion, 8 times NSW State representative, 4 times ACT State representative, 11 times Region 5 Circuit Racing Overall Champion, 4 times NSW Female Skier of the Year and was twice selected as Number One Australian Female Skier for World Titles.
Tania's other achievements include being the first woman selected to ski in the "Super Class" in the Sydney Bridge to Bridge Classic in 1982. It was in this race that Tania suffered a fall that would have ended the career of many athletes but she showed true grit and determination to get back to the top of her chosen sport. Tania went on to win a number of State and National titles culminating in her winning the Women's World Water Ski Racing Championship in 1988. Apart from Ski Racing Tania also enjoyed other facets of waterskiing including Barefoot, Trick and Marathon Skiing.
1986 Sport Australia Female Athlete of the Year Award
1987 Sport Australia Most Outstanding Sporting Performance within Australia
1988 Sport Australia Best Single Sporting Performance
1988 Women's World Water Ski Racing Champion
Denis has held various positions in ACT and National Sport ranging from ACT Athletics, ACT Olympic Council, Athletics Australia, Olympic and Commonwealth games teams. As a registered member of the ACT Athletic Association for 25 years, Denis Wilson served as President of the Association from 1976 thru 1985. During this time Denis occupied numerous roles with the Association in local, national and international arenas. Even though Denis played a major role in the international arena with Athletics Australia and the International Amateur Athletics Federation, he still maintained his involvement and support at the grass roots through ACT Athletics and his own club Weston Creek.
On his arrival in late 1973, Denis was approached by the NSW Athletic Association to assist in the organisation of the 1977 Pacific Conference Games as Deputy Chairman of the Organising Committee. This was the first International athletic competition to be conducted in the ACT and was part of the reason that Bruce Stadium was developed. ln 1980 the ACT branch of the NSW Athletic Association achieved it's lifetime plan of autonomy from NSW and being recognised by Athletics Australia as a State Association, an achievement in which Denis, a former NSW athlete played a key role. Denis as Chairman of the Technical Organising committees is credited for the success of the 1977 Pacific Conference Games and the 1985 World Cup. ACT Athletics received International recognition for the conduct of these games with many athletes at the time claiming they were the best run international meets they had been to.
As an athlete, Denis was an outstanding middle distance runner who narrowly missed breaking the 4 minute mile. In 1959, Denis teamed up with Melbourne's John Murray and the legendary Alby Thomas and Herb Elliot to set a World Record time of 16.-25.6 for the 4 x 1 mile relay, running on a cinders track in Melbourne on the 22nd of March. Denis has maintained active involvement in Athletics at local National and International level. He is currently ACT Delegate to Athletics Australia and has been awarded life membership to ACT Athletics and Athletics Australia.
Ken Woods has been playing bowls for just over 30 years, and has represented his region and country on numerous occasions. Ken represented NSW between 1970 and 1984. He represented the ACT from 1985 to 1993, and Australia between 1987 and 1990, which included the Commonwealth Games in Auckland. He was an Australian Squad member from 1986 to 1992, and has been an Australian selector from 1994-1997. Ken played 87 State games for the ACT.
Some of Ken’s major career highlights include his participation in the Australian Fours, the Countrywide Trans-Tasman Master singles in New Zealand, and the Arafura Open Singles and Fours. From 1970 until 1993, Ken had 45 victories in the Club and District Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours. Ken’s ability to play bowls is super-seeded only by his level of sportsmanship and the esteem in which fellow players hold him.
Known as one of the greatest AFL talents from the ACT, Tony Wynd endured a remarkable career with the local Queanbeyan Tigers club. This included playing in 11 First Grade Grand Finals, winning six Premierships, as well as captaining his beloved Tigers for several seasons. As a reflection on his ability and consistency as a player, Tony was also chosen to be part of 41 ACT Representative fixture matches.
Injury prevented Tony from playing in the All-Australian Representative team which toured Ireland and the United States in 1987. His selection was widely recognised as he was one of very few players from outside the major Australian Football League teams to ever be named in an All-Australian team. Notable achievements include being named Best and Fairest player on five separate occasions for the Queanbeyan Tigers First Grade squad, an award which has since been named the Tony Wynd Medal. Tony also received the Mulrooney Medal for best and fairest in the ACT competition on four occasions, a record for the ACT Australian Football League (ACTAFL) and an acknowledgment of his exceptional sporting ability.
Tony was also named Vice-Captain of the ACTAFL Legends team, a team selected from those who have played in the ACTAFL's 75-year history, a tribute to the rare talent which he possessed. Upon retirement Tony became Assistant Coach of the Queanbeyan Tigers from 1988 to 1993 and was awarded Life Membership to the club. Fittingly, Tony received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to sport. His induction into the ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame 4 years later is tribute to his significance in ACT sporting history.
Regarded as one of Canberra's best female bowlers of her era, June Yandell reached the pinnacle of her career when selected as a reserve for the Australian World Bowls Team in 1986. In 1979 June was the Australian Women's Bowling Associations all states round robin runner up. June was selected as a NSW State representative in 1974, 76, 78, 79 and was selected in all Country verses Metropolitan matches in the 1970's and 80's. June won the Federal District Womens Bowling Association (FDWBA) No.1 pennants 14 times, and No. 3 pennants 3 times.
During her 23 year career she won the FDWBA pairs championship ten times, FDWBA triples championship six times and the FDWBA fours championship seven times. June was selected in all FDWBA Teams to play inter-district and Group matches and in 1989 was named the FDWBA Champion of Champions. June won numerous championships at Canberra West Bowling Club and was Club President in 1970-72 and 1991-92. In 1989 June was awarded Life Membership of the club.
Former Kookaburras captain, Michael York, is a legend of Australian Hockey and one of the best defenders ever to play the game. Playing for the Canberra Lakers, York's dedication and consistency paid off when he was awarded the Player of the Year award for the National Hockey League in 1999. To add to his success in this year, Michael was also the Male and the Overall winner of the 1999 Clubs ACT Sportstar of the Year awards.
In an illustrious career, York represented Australia on 279 occasions, and in the process scored 10 international goals. An Olympic representative on four occasions York collected one silver and two Olympic Bronze medals. At the Commonwealth Games in 1998, York was instrumental in captaining the Australian Gold medal winning team after the team failed to win a medal at the preceding Hockey World Cup. York's Champions Trophy record is demonstrative of his dedication to the sport of Hockey. York participated in 10 champions Trophy tournaments spanning from 1989 to 2000 and played a pivotal role in the Australian team collecting four gold and three silver Champions Trophy medals during this timeframe.
With his consistency and dedication to the sport of hockey, Michael York is an ideal role model for any aspiring young sport star in the ACT region.