Sport greats on show

Eidsvold leg­ends hon­oured with new RM Wil­liams ex­hibit

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

FROM foot­ball play­ers, to box­ers, horse rac­ers, Olympic run­ners and camp drafters Eidsvold’s sport­ing greats have been recog­nised with a new ex­hibit at the RM Wil­liams Bush Learn­ing Cen­tre.

Ex­hibit cu­ra­tor and RM Wil­liams Cen­tre staff mem­ber Lau­rel Bayles said the idea orig­i­nally came about af­ter it was an­nounced the Mel­bourne Cup tro­phy would be tour­ing through the town.

“We thought we’d show­case all our lo­cal peo­ple who have achieved great things,” Ms Bayles said.

“Through the cen­tre we like to cel­e­brate our Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity and we are show­cas­ing them in the sport­ing in­dus­try.”

Ms Bayles said she spent be­tween 50 and 90 hours or­gan­is­ing the ex­hibit.

“The process was talk­ing to the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Eidsvold and find­ing out who had done what,” she said.

“There was a bit of re­search done.

“I know peo­ple who had done some great things and it­was a mat­ter of re­search­ing fam­i­lies in the Eidsvold area and hav­ing the knowl­edge about of who was around, from drovers to rodeo rid­ers.

“And I went from house to house, the un­con­ven­tional style.”

She said the fi­nal re­sult show­cased the strong sport­ing days gone by.

“These are the days gone by and we will never have that again,” she said.

“We will never have a whole foot­ball team, we have to col­lab­o­rate.

We don’t have many rodeos any­more.

“It goes from 1920s to now, from the polocrosse team who made it to the Aus­tralian ti­tles, box­ers who have made it to world cham­pi­onships and a young boy who came out of here who races at the Doomben races in Bris­bane.

“You’ve got box­ers, foot­ball plays, polocrosse, horse rac­ing, rodeo rid­ers, camp drafters, Olympic run­ners.”

Ms Bayles said the ex­hibit had re­ceived an ex­cel­lent re­sponse so far.

“Tourists that were com­ing up from Vic­to­ria said they are ab­so­lutely lov­ing the fact that this small town has so much his­tory and sport­ing achiev­ers show­cased in this lit­tle build­ing,” she said.

“They were amazed ac­tu­ally.”

She said the Eidsvold com­mu­nity could be proud of the ex­hibit.

“They can be proud that their peo­ple have achieved so much,” she said.

Lau­rel Bayles: (Eidsvold) can be proud (they) have achieved so much.

“It’s the first time it’s been dis­played like this.

“Peo­ple were very happy to come for­ward with their achieve­ments.”

The ex­hibit is open at the RM Wil­liams Bush Learn­ing Cen­tre in Eidsvold un­til Septem­ber 30.

PHOTOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

The Eidsvold Ex­cel­lence in Sport ex­hi­bi­tion at the RM Wil­liams Bush Learn­ing Cen­tre.

The ex­hibit will be open un­til Septem­ber 30.

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