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Hall of fame bid

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020

Regional Development Australia Far West CEO, Michael Williams. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Regional Development Australia Far West CEO, Michael Williams. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

A Regional Sporting Hall of Fame is currently in development thanks to Regional Development Australia Far West. 

The Far West NSW Sporting Hall of Fame (FWSHF) aims to preserve and celebrate the history of sport in the Far West region of NSW, inspiring generations to strive for their best in both sport and in life. 

RDA Far West Chair, Mr Dave Gallagher said the Sporting Hall of Fame is a project they have been trying to establish for some time. 

“Fortunately we have found short term resources to help us get the Hall of Fame up and running.”

The Hall of Fame will be established with two different sections to recognise people that have achieved the highest levels in their sporting career and those that have achieved outstanding success but maybe not at the highest levels. 

RDA Far West CEO Michael Williams said the project will be developed over a period of time and will focus on the Champions in the first instance. 

“The Sporting Champions section will have two categories recognising athletes who have reached the highest levels in their chosen sport and general members, who may be administrators, coaches, trainers or referees that have also reached the highest levels in their sporting careers.” 

“The motivation for the project has come from a few different areas. We have a significant number of people from our communities that have made considerable sacrifices to excel in their chosen sport and for their home community to recognise and acknowledged their achievements is really positive,” said Mr Williams. 

The Far West Sporting Hall of Fame will be hosted on the Far West Proud website and Mr Williams said the Far West Proud Campaign is focused on marketing the region as a destination to live.

It is important the Region puts its best foot forward to attract relocators into the region and the inclusion of the Sporting Hall of Fame on the Far West Proud website will provide another positive story about living in the Far West NSW region.” 

“We know when considering relocating, people consider many aspects of their current and future lifestyle and seek a community with strong health services, quality education options, diverse career pathways and affordable quality housing, but our research has also shown that many parents also consider the established sporting pathways for their children and the Sporting Hall of Fame certainly demonstrates a considerable number of established pathways to elite sport” said Mr Williams. 

The first stage of the Hall of Fame will focus on the Sporting Champions but Mr Williams said “as resources allow the Sporting Hall of Fame will expand to include a Local Legends category as well, recognising the many people in our communities that have excelled in their sporting careers and made significant contributions to both their sport and our communities, yet for whatever reason may not have reached the highest levels”. 

“The project is ongoing, and as resources permit we will develop the Local Legends but with so many amazing athletes in our communities we will be relying on the athletes, their families, friends and sporting bodies to nominate and help ensure we capture everyone who is eligible to be nominated and recognised in the Far West NSW Sporting Hall of Fame,” said Mr Williams. 

Mr Gallagher said: “Ultimately we would love to see our virtual Hall of Fame also develop into a physical Sporting Hall of Fame that could also house a selection of relevant sporting memorabilia and provide another source of motivation and inspiration for some of our young sport stars.” 

The Nomination Guidelines and Nominations forms for athlete and general members for the Champions section are available on the Far West Proud website and we encourage everyone to contact the locals and ex locals they know that have achieved the highest levels in their sport to submit a nomination form.” 

RDA Far West encourages everyone to keep an eye on the progress of the Hall of Fame at lovethefarwest.com.au and contact RDA Far West if they would like to discuss any aspects of the Hall of Fame or the Far West Proud campaign.

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