Some years ago well-known Shepparton personality Don Kilgour approached the Greater Shepparton City Council with an idea.
He wanted to establish a sports hall of fame.
The timing was right — as the idea was previously on council’s agenda — so an advisory committee was formed.
In July 2015, the council called for nominations from local residents to be on the committee, who were to be responsible for investigating the concept.
Many put their names forward. In February last year, the committee formed and their first meeting was held.
Meeting monthly, on the fourth Friday of each month, the committee was challenged with the task of choosing the inaugural inductees.
The committee currently consists of: Cr Bruce Giovanetti (Chair), Cr Dennis Patterson, Tony Tranter, Belinda Conna, Don Kilgour, Mark Koskelainen OAM, Daryl Butcher, David Quinn and Ian Fitzsimmons. Noel Hussey, Jason Kelly, Kevin Ryan and Dinny Adem have also served on the committee.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame opened on October 31 last year and closed on January 27 this year.
The 27 inductees chosen include lawn bowlers, croquet players, umpires, boxers, Paralympians, Olympians, rifle shooters, and netballers, among others.
Every individual has a unique, special and proud story to share.
Stories they’re proud of but stories that people from the Goulburn Valley should also be proud of.
Greater Shepparton Sports Hall of Fame advisory committee chair Cr Bruce Giovanetti described the Hall of Fame as a fantastic initiative which preserved, celebrated and showcased the history and heritage of sports excellence in our region.
“It’s great to see our locals getting recognised for their sporting achievements at an international and national level and celebrating this as a community,” he said.
“Greater Shepparton is a sporting hub, and we have very talented individuals who play hard, contribute to our community and deserve to be recognised.
“I look forward to seeing the future work from the committee and the great things they will bring to fruition to celebrate our history.”
The News is proud to have partnered with Greater Shepparton City Council for this initiative and will run in-depth profiles on each inductee in the lead-up to the induction ceremony on August 4.
We would like to thank the committee and particularly the work of Don Kilgour for providing in-depth information about the sporting careers of the inaugural inductees.