Call for a MidCoast Council sporting hall of fame

Boyd Cordner about to score for NSW.
Boyd Cordner about to score for NSW.

Boyd Cordner (rugby league), Damian Martin (basketball). Kasey Brown (squash). Scott Hill (rugby league). Jade North (football).

Champions all in their various fields of sporting endeavour. All played for Australia - Cordner and North captaining their country.

All hail from what is now known as MidCoast Council Local Government Area (LGA) - Cordner is from Old Bar, Martin Gloucester, Brown and North Taree and Hill Forster.

All have also retired. Throw in another - dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Corey Brown, a proud Wingham boy.

There'll be a new council after the December 4 elections. Perhaps the freshly minted councillors could consider honouring our sporting greats by instigating a sporting hall of fame. The former Greater Taree City Council (GTCC) had a sporting hall of fame.

It started in 2000 in conjunction with the Sydney Olympics. There was strict criteria for potential inductees, who were nominated by the public. However, council was a little too exuberant in adding members to the hall of fame, for after the last inauguration in 2010, the list of athletes with the necessary qualifications had been exhausted.

Kasey Brown

Kasey Brown

The sporting hall of fame passed into history. However, as the names featured here shows, there's now a string of worthy nominees.

There were eight original inductees in 2000 and all bar the late Johnny Martin were able to attend. Johnny was represented by family.

However, from there ensuring the availability of the inductees to attend a induction function in Taree was often a problem, as there were very few who still lived in the area.

If MidCoast does look at a sporting hall of fame again, perhaps a less grandiose induction ceremony could be considered, one that would fit in with the inductee or inductees' timeframe. It might be more cost effective as well, so that should please council.

Corey Brown

Corey Brown

Adding the current GTCC sporting hall of fame members to an expanded MidCoast model would also be worth considering.

That includes Troy Bayliss, Danny Buderus, Johnny Fahey, Johnny Martin, Julie and Kristen Towers, Robyn Leggatt and Geoff Richardson to name just a few.

The area has been justifiably proud of the performances of our home grown sporting champions. Let's honour them in the appropriate manner.

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