Brian leaves his legacy after an 82-year sporting history
BRIAN Smith has dipped his bat, basketball, hockey stick and swimming cap into just about everything in his 82-year history of sport in Rockhampton.
It is a passion which has led him to support the development of a potential sports hall of fame to acknowledge local sporting heroes - and two weeks out from local elections, he is pushing the concept harder than ever.
Mr Smith said he felt the region's sporting legends and their coaches deserved to be officially recognised.
"The number of international people we've had in Olympic Games is unbelievable and in all different sports too, not just cycling or swimming," he said.
"There is a whole variety of sports where we've had representation.
"We have to do something to try and let people know what these local sports people have achieved.
"We need a place where we can show the photos and the story of all these people.
"What I'd also like to see is (somewhere) where you can see all the things these people have done to obtain their awards."
He said sport was a fundamental asset to any community, a legacy he passed down in his family's generations with his grandchildren representing the region at an international level.
"All the genes come from the grandfather of course," he said.
"I have always been passionate about sport; it does a lot of people a lot of good.
"Young people today do not get involved with sport; they are too busy with computers and phones.
"If they could realise what sport could do for them, not only where health is concerned but also on a social side, where they could mingle with people and compete."
He said the benefits of sport, and a potential Rockhampton sports hall of fame, began at a local government level.
"It has to come from Rockhampton Council. They are the ones that have to get it going. You've got to have it start," he said.
It is a motion mayoral candidate Michael McMillan is getting behind.
Mr McMillan said local sporting infrastructure had to be developed to meet the demands of the region's sportspeople.
He cited the example of 1600 registered netballers and 161 teams, yet Rockhampton was home to only 12 courts.
"Our history, our sportspeople and our playing fields are just some of the assets we take for granted," he said.
"But we also have deficits that we have to own up to like the shabby state of our netball courts.
"We have great sporting infrastructure here in our sports volunteers, coaches and administrators."
Rockhampton's sporting greats
Anna Meares, Olympic cyclist
Jamie Dwyer, Olympic hockey team
Anna Bowles, Olympic swimmer
Olivia Tjandramulia, Olympic tennis player