The State Government will provide $15,000 to match community fundraising to establish the Goldfields Sporting Hall of Fame.
Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler said by matching the fundraising, the State Government was helping to ensure the Hall of Fame’s success.
Mr Bowler congratulated the Hall of Fame organising committee for raising $15,000 through donations and sponsorships and looked forward to the recognition of local achievers in the Hall of Fame.
“The Goldfields had been the breeding ground for some of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes,” he said.
The inaugural inductees to the Goldfields Hall of Fame will be announced at the Goldfields Sports Star of the Year Awards on November 18.
“It is going to be a massive event for Goldfields sport and the realisation of a dream for the team of organisers who have lobbied for a number of years to get the idea off the ground,” the Minister said.
Mr Bowler singled out local businessman Allan Pendal as the driving force behind the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame will recognise inductees with a framed museum-standard photograph to be housed in the Town Hall and a decorative paving stone on Hannan Street.
The inductees also will be presented with a replica photograph and plaque.
“This is a fantastic way to honour those who have achieved so much through sport, and will remind us of the contribution these champions have made to our community, our State and our nation,” the Minister said.
“There is no doubt that many of these sportspeople and sports administrators achieved excellence at a time when there was no formal training and support structure.
“It only adds to their legendary status when you rate their achievements in this light.”
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