Ray Young OAM and Brian Smith OAM go through the list of the many sports stars they would like to see featured in a hall of fame for the region.
Ray Young OAM and Brian Smith OAM go through the list of the many sports stars they would like to see featured in a hall of fame for the region. Sharyn O'Neill

Push for sporting hall of fame

THE push is on to establish a sporting hall of fame in the Rockhampton region, with Brian Smith, Vince Pheely and Ray Young driving the idea.

The trio last month outlined their bold vision to Rockhampton Regional Council and are hopeful they can get the support to have a facility up and running by the end of next year.

Details of the development emerged yesterday after The Morning Bulletin chief of staff Darryn Nufer wrote a piece arguing the region should do more to honour the achievements of CQ’s sporting elite, either through a museum, or a “walk of champions” at Riverside Park.

Mr Smith said the region had a wonderful track record of producing top-class athletes .

Tennis legend Rod Laver, cyclists Kenrick Tucker and sisters Anna and Kerrie Meares, hockey stars Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles as well as a long list of rugby league players have strong connections to the city.

The group is keen for council to help them set up at the Rockhampton Heritage Village.

While the cost could range anywhere up to $3 million, Brian is confident if the proposal is well organised the group will get government and private backing.

“We have sent a letter to a number of people to put together a committee to establish the hall of fame,” said Mr Smith, who has written two sporting books.

“This is only in the embryo stages at the moment. “It’s time to give credit to the sports people that came from this region,” Mr Smith said.

Hall of Fame

Who would you like to see included in a Rockhampton region sport hall of fame?

Here’s some suggestions;

Rod Laver (tennis),

Kenrick Tucker, Anna and Kerrie Meares (cycling),

Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles (hockey),

Duncan Armstrong (swimming),

Rod Reddy, Cyril Connell, Matt Sing, Rhys Wesser (rugby league)

Stuart McLaren (soccer).



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