Some of the most influential people in the Goulburn Valley’s history were honoured and recognised at the Shepparton Club yesterday.
Eleven outstanding individuals and their achievements will adorn the walls of the Wyndham St complex for years to come.
The brainchild of club treasurer Vin Truscott, the initial list of people were put together by a sub-committee made up of himself, club board member John Ross, former News sports editor Noel Hussey and former 3SR sports editor Don Kilgour.
‘‘It is not designed to be a sports hall of fame, but recognition of anyone within the community who the committee believes should be recognised for their their achievements,’’ Truscott said.
‘‘Of course there will be sportsmen and women among the achievers because of the sheer number of outstanding sportspeople the area has produced.’’
Sportspeople dominated the inaugural intake, as Kilgour and Hussey hosted proceedings, giving a rundown on each person’s achievements.
Shepparton’s first Olympian Max Carlos was second to be recognised, with wife Yvonne representing the late, great boxer.
Hockey sisters Louise Dobson and Christine Dobson, who represented Australia at the Olympics, were recognised, with the former making the trip from her home in Canberra.
Former VFL umpire Glenn James had the crowd in stitches with some of his stories from an incredible life.
There was a heavy cycling influence, with Steve Fairless, his late father Don, who died last month, Gold Coast-based Shaun O’Brien, John Thorsen and Brett Lancaster on the list.
Steve Fairless, O’Brien and Thorsen were in attendance, while Lancaster delivered a message from Europe, where he is working as sports director with Britan Team Sky after retiring from professional racing last year.
Evergreen shooter Bruce Quick, who is looking to qualify for an extraordinary seventh Commonwealth Games when the event comes to the Gold Coast in 2018, was another inclusion.
Former Premier of Victoria Sir John McDonald was the only member not to have a major sporting connection, although the grandstand at Deakin Reserve is named in his honour.
McDonald, who died in 1977, was represented by his son, John Jnr, who gave an account of his father’s time fighting for the rights of citizens in regional Victoria.