Today we publish the final article in a month-long series of features on our sporting legends.
Our team of young journalists have been proud and energised to focus their talents on this worthy project — The Greater Shepparton Sports Hall of Fame.
Today’s final article heralds the publication of a 40-page supplement in tomorrow’s News featuring the stories of all 27 inaugural inductees.
It also signals a gala launch ceremony and dinner at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre tomorrow night.
All this is the culmination of a five-year dream on the part of renowned Sheppartonian Don Kilgour and others who have steered a committee of passionate people tasked with selecting the inaugural 27 hall of fame inductees.
We congratulate them on achieving their mammoth job and we are proud to have worked with Greater Shepparton City Council to help bring this project to fruition.
The inaugural hall of fame inductees come from a wide variety of sports, including lawn bowls, croquet, boxing, motorcycling, hockey, netball and many other codes.
They also include Olympians and Paralympians and umpires.
What they all have in common is the persistence and passion necessary to achieve greatness in their chosen field.
Each in their own way represents the best of our city and its long and proud tradition of sporting endeavour.
In fact, sport has been such a big part of our community for so many years we know it has produced far more than 27 legends and we recognise the almost impossible challenge Mr Kilgour and the advisory committee must have faced in selecting the inaugural inductees.
However, we can now look forward to more of our inspirational achievers being included as the hall of fame progresses into the future.
Every community deserves to have its achievements recorded for posterity.
How ordinary people can rise above their challenges to transform themselves and others is a wonderful inspiration for us all.
The Greater Shepparton Sports Hall of Fame is a chance to preserve and showcase the sporting excellence our city has produced.
We congratulate our council for driving this powerful community-building project and we trust the sports hall of fame will be something our children and grandchildren can contribute to for many years to come.
All that remains now is to encourage as many people as possible to attend tomorrow night’s formal induction ceremony and gala dinner at Eastbank.