Heritage project mooted to honour sporting legends

Steve Hansen
A list of people who could be considered for the honour, which included All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, was submitted.

The Mosgiel-Taieri community board is in the ‘‘development stage’’ of a heritage project which will celebrate local sporting achievements.

Celebrating local history was highlighted in the board’s community plan, and resident Stewart Robertson suggested honouring some of the area’s sporting legends.

Mr Robertson supplied a list of people who could be considered, which was noted in the board’s agenda as a ‘‘starting point only’’.

Board member Maurice Prendergast was tasked with creating an agenda for the project after the meeting.

Mr Prendergast said it was important for the public to have its say on who would be honoured.

‘‘We must put the responsibility on the public.

‘‘If we [the board] are trying to pick winners it’s like putting a target on our backs because we will miss people out.’’

While the project was ‘‘worthy of consideration’’, there had to be some rules of engagement set up to ensure it was done correctly and the board did not become the ‘‘subject of ridicule’’, he said.

‘‘We have to have some kind of definition . .. Is it a Taieri product or somebody who might have migrated to the Taieri?’’

Other criteria included whether people and events would be included.

Board chairwoman Sarah Nitis said the project was in the development stage and was ‘‘definitely something we are working towards going ahead’’.

Finer details around the project needed to be finalised, such as a public engagement strategy.

It was still yet to be decided how people and groups would be celebrated but plaques and a ‘‘Sporting Wall of Fame’’ were mentioned in the board’s agenda.

Sporting heritage: Initial list of local sporting achievements

★ Jenny McDonald. Hockey, 64 tests for New Zealand from 1971-85.

★ Peter Johnstone. Rugby, All Black from 1948-51.

★ Baghdad Note and jockey Midge Didham. Melbourne Cup winner 1970.

★ Robin Tait. Discus, Commonwealth Games gold medal 1974.

★ Tania Dixon. High jump, Commonwealth Games gold 1990.

★ Steve Hansen. Rugby, All Blacks coach 2011-present.

★ Warwick Meehl. Basketball, Tall Black.

★ Mike McGarry. Football, All White 1986-97.

★ James Allan. Rugby, All Black.

★ Brad Thorn. Rugby and rugby league. All Blacks and Australian rugby league team.

★ Barry Milburn. Cricket, Otago and New Zealand.

★ Judd Arthur. Equestrian, rugby, basketball and opera.

★ Taieri Tennis Club. World record for non-stop tennis, 41 hours and 28 minutes.

★ Adam Hall. Alpine skiing.

★ David Archer. Bowls, New Zealand pairs title winner 2007.

★ Bill Cousins. Bowls.

★ Bill Carswell. Bowls, New Zealand titles in 1924, 1934 and 1922.

★ Janet Swallow. Bowls, New Zealand representative in 2001.

★ Taieri Bowling Club. World record of 100 hours and 1 minute of continuous bowls.


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