Greater Shepparton shot to prominence when Mooroopna’s Emma Cox landed our first medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games yesterday.
The win adds to our region’s long history of sporting success in competitive shooting.
Fellow shooter Bruce Quick suited up in the green and gold for a seventh time at the Games, but unfortunately just missed out on a spot in the final.
Mooroopna’s Barry Wood is another in the sport of shooting, with the rifle his speciality, winning a silver at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990.
Our region breeds more than our fair share of talented athletes.
A look at Greater Shepparton City Council’s Sports Hall of Fame, in which 27 talented athletes were recently inducted, provides an example.
Cyclists, lawn bowlers and boxers to motorcyclists, hockey players and netballers.
Our success on the world stage should be somewhat credited to strong grassroots programs. Our junior and amateur sports competitions are as well run, if not better run, than any in country Victoria.
Investment in infrastructure by our generous local organisations, the council and (at times) the Victorian Government has had an obvious positive effect.
This investment needs to continue and must continue.
Users of the Shepparton Sports Stadium, for example, say they have well and truly outgrown their current stadium.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy met council representatives earlier this month, hearing a pitch on the benefits and the need for a new stadium.
Liberal candidate for Shepparton Cheryl Hammer was right when she said the development was about more than basketball users.
‘‘An investment in sporting culture in this region,’’ she described accurately.
Local athletes performing well at an international level gives more voice to our call.
Greater Shepparton will be happy to put its hand out for its fair share of sport infrastructure funding in Victoria.