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Sporting Hall of Fame

The Sporting Hall of Fame is an educational resource that acknowledges and honours members of the Bankstown community for their outstanding sporting achievements.

 

About the Hall of Fame

In August 2011, Council endorsed the proposal to revive the Bankstown Sporting Hall of Fame within the new Centre of Excellence constructed at Bankstown Memorial Park.

The Sporting Hall of Fame is an educational resource that acknowledges and honours members of the Bankstown community for their outstanding sporting achievements. The Hall of Fame serves as a point of interest to residents, visitors, sport enthusiasts and school children.

In 1988, Council and Bankstown Sports Club established a Sporting Hall of Fame as part of the Bicentenary Program. On 26 November 1988, 101 names, representing 25 different sports were unveiled on a roll of honour or board located at Bankstown Sports Club. The original intention was for Council to add new names as they qualify, however, this only happened in 1991 when a further 7 names were recognised and added to the board. Athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame during this period included Steve and Mark Waugh, John and Isla Konrads and Terry Lamb to name a few. The 2012 Bankstown Sporting Hall of Fame recognises all inductees from the 1988 Hall of Fame by automatically inducting them into the new Sporting Hall of Fame.

In 2012, the Steering Committee setup by representatives from Council, Bankstown Sports, Bankstown-Canterbury Torch Newspaper and Bankstown District Cricket Club called for nominations from the community to form a new induction cycle at the official opening of the new facility in March 2013. From the nominations, 23 athletes and administrators were chosen by the Committee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Among the athletes inducted were Hazem El Masri, Brett Emerton, Ian Thorpe and Bilal 'Billy the Kid' Dib.

Sporting Hall of Fame‚Äč inductees
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Wrestling
Alan Thompson
Alan's success as a wrestler started when he won the Australian Junior Championship in 1967 as a ten year old and he would continue to excel, winning in 1973 and 1974. Alan was selected to represent Australia in 1979 at the San Diego, USA World Championships and at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games in 1986 in Freestyle Wrestling.
Cycling
Alfred R Strom
Alf Strom with his racing partner Reg Arnold would pave the way for future Australian cyclists success in racing overseas. In 1945 they were chosen to represent Australia in the 800 kilometre Brighton to Glasgow race. They would compete in England, Europe and America - including wins in New York, London, Germany, Belgium, & France.
Cycling
Allan Dutton
Allan showed early promise as a champion cyclist when he won the NSW under 19 years Men's Road Race Championship in 1955. He would carry the Bankstown Sports club flag with distinction when he won the iconic Goulburn to Liverpool Cycle Race in 1982 - after being in retirement.
Rugby League
Andrew Farrar
Rock-hard centre, Andrew came to prominence earlier as a 17 year old when he was selected to play in the Australian Schoolboys tour of England and France. The gifted teenager from Cowra would be signed by the Bulldogs the next year. Andrew waited until 1988 to earn an Australian jersey, gaining a place in the World Cup final in NZ. Farrar produced a characteristically robust display in Australia's 25-12 victory but did not represent his country again.
Full Bore Rifle Shooting
Anthony Moon
As a Full Bore Rifle Shootist Tony reached national status by 1979 and went on to successfully represent Australia from 1988. He continued to contribute to his sport and in 2011 would lead the NSW Team at the Australian Veterans Teams Championship.
Rugby Union
Arthur Buchan
Arthur won selection for NSW in 1945 and would represent Australia in 1946 against New Zealand at Dunedin. He became a member of the celebrated 1947-48 Wallabies team.Arthur's contribution as a crash-tackling lock forward whose speed matched his fearlessness was regarded as one of the main reasons why the 1948 Wallabies did not have their line crossed in any of four internationals in Britain.
Wrestling
Arthur Staples
In 1971 at seventeen years of age, Arthur had won not only the Junior State Championship but the Senior Title as well. In the following year, 1972 he won both the Junior (87KG) and Senior (100KG) Australian Titles. His career was cut short due to a work accident in 1984 but he continued to contribute to his sport as an official with NSW Wrestling Association.
Boxing
Billy 'The Kid' Dib
Billy “The Kid” is an unconventional boxer with an ability to switch between orthodox and southpaw stances. The foot shuffle, shoulder-shake and mid-round crowd gestures are characteristics of Billy the Kid who has represented NSW as well as winning an Australian Title in 2002 at the age of 17 years. Billy also represented Australia to win the 2008 IBO Super featherweight division. In 2011 he would capture the IBF Featherweight crown and would retain this title in 2012.
Baseball
Brendan Kingman
Brendan's professional career in Australia began in 1991 and the following year at 19 years of age he was recruited by US team the Florida Marlins. He wore the green and gold for Australian at two Olympics, Sydney 2000 and was a member of the team to win Silver at Athens 2004 Olympics. Brendan's sixth-inning single sent Australia to a stunning 1-0 victory over Japan to advance to the gold medal round. He has also represented his country in two World Cups.
Soccer
Brett Emerton
Brett emerged as a potential star of Australian soccer from his teenage years as a winger with speed, ball control and creativity. His debut match for Australia was in 1998 against Chile and he would become a stalwart of the Socceroos with 97 appearances in the green and gold to date. Brett began to scale the heights of world football in the early 2000s. After a solid performance as captain of the Australian U23s at the Sydney Olympics he was signed by Dutch giants Feyenoord and joined them in 2000.
Rugby League
Bruce Hopkins
Bruce's rugby league career was interrupted by WWII and he would play sporadically for the Armed Services between 1944 and 1946. In 1947 Bruce signed with Canterbury and was chosen for NSW but pulled out of the team due to injury.
Cycling
Bruce Keech
Bruce created an early impact on National Cycling when at 17 years of age he was selected to ride for Australia in the World Junior Championships in France. Keech won numerous state and national titles. At 21 years he would wear the green and gold for Australia at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990.
Canoeing
Bryan Coulthart
In October 1984, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Gary and his twin, Bryan of Sefton didn't just break records they annihilated them. As 15 year olds, the brothers sliced a massive 1 hour and 35 minutes from the ‘junior' record for the Windsor to Brooklyn Outward Bound Canoe Classic.
Swimming
Cheryne Turner
Cheryne burst onto the national swimming scene as a fifteen year old in 1967 when she would win the 220yds Women's Australian Butterfly event. In 1968 she would establish an Australian Record for the same distance while competing at the NSW Swimming Titles.
Rugby League
Chris Anderson
Originally from Condobolin NSW, Chris Anderson's ability to finish off attacking moves was almost uncanny. One of the first of the modern brand of wingers granted a 'roving commission' to link with the attack anywhere on the field, representative honours came to him in 1974 when he was chosen for NSW. In 1975 he was selected to represent Australia in the World Cup Series.
Booking information

Guided tours of the Hall of Fame are available by appointment with the Bankstown District Cricket Club and are suitable for families, schools and community organisations.

Memorabilia from athletes is displayed throughout the facility and the interactive touchscreens allow users to scroll through the inducted athletes and see their achievements.

The Hall of Fame also operates as a business meeting space ideal for workshops or seminars. It can seat 25 people board style or 60 people theatre style with a kitchen available for use.