The Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the 32nd annual Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame, with the induction ceremony scheduled for late August at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club in Broadmeadow.

The Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame celebrates over 400 elite athletes who have proudly represented Australia or competed on the international stage, having been born in or played within the Hunter region at both junior and senior levels.

Last year, six renowned athletes were inducted into this prestigious Hall of Fame. The 2023 inductees included:

Bridgette Starr (Football)
Jessica Malone (Judo)
Rebecca Young (Rugby League, Rugby Union)
Siennah Pirona (Aerobics)
Simon Orchard (Hockey)
Troy Bayliss (Motorcycle Racing)
These athletes join a celebrated list of Novocastrians such as Jenni Screen, Ray Baartz, Mark Richards and Danny Buderus.

To qualify for nomination, candidates must have represented Australia as an athlete or official in an authorized event, be retired from professional sport, and must have been born in or have competed or officiated for a team or association in the Hunter Region.

Brett O’Farrell, Chief Executive Officer of HAS, expressed his enthusiasm for the event: “We are thrilled to host the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame once again. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding careers of our local athletes with their loved ones. It’s a chance to honour the significant impact that sport has had on our region.”

O’Farrell added, “With the 2024 Olympics on the horizon, it’s especially exciting to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of our local sports heroes, both recent and long retired. We eagerly anticipate celebrating our 2024 inductees in August, alongside our committee, HAS board members, and the inductees’ friends and families.”

For those interested in nominating, please visit Nominations will close on Monday, 15th July.


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