HALL OF CHAM­PI­ONS

BY GE­ORGE!

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

Nar­ro­gin’s Be­van Ge­orge will earn his place in WA’s sport­ing elite when the Olympic gold medal­list is in­ducted into the WA In­sti­tute of Sport’s Hall of Cham­pi­ons.

From play­ing for Olympics in Nar­ro­gin to bring­ing home an Olympic Gold medal from Athens in 2004, Be­van Ge­orge now will be­come a WA cham­pion.

On Mon­day night Ge­orge will be in­tro­duced into the West­ern Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport’s WA Hall of Cham­pi­ons.

WAIS lists three pri­mary cri­te­ria for an in­di­vid­ual be­fore they are put be­fore the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee: out­stand­ing sport­ing achieve­ment at the high­est level, a prod­uct of the WA sport­ing sys­tem and have re­tired from the high­est level of com­pe­ti­tion for five years.

In his dec­o­rated ca­reer, the Nar­ro­gin prod­uct and for­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain has won two Olympic medals: gold from Athens 2004 and bronze from Bei­jing in 2008, as well as the 2006 Mel­bourne Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal and the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in 2005.

Ge­orge says his ap­point­ment to the WA Hall of Cham­pi­ons has taken a while to get used to.

“I’m just a hockey player, all I ever did was play hockey and en­joy my­self, I’ve played around a lot of good play­ers,” he said.

“It’s some­thing that I owe to every­one, it will give me a great op­por­tu­nity to thank a lot of peo­ple that I didn’t re­ally thank, the ad­min­is­tra­tors and the good peo­ple be­hind the doors and be­hind the scenes that you don’t re­ally give ac­knowl­edge­ment to at the time.”

Since re­turn­ing to Nar­ro­gin, Ge­orge has taken up var­i­ous roles in the UGSHA, in­clud­ing the league’s coun­try team each year.

“I try and give them my take on hockey,” he said.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Ge­orge will be in­tro­duced into the WA Hall of Cham­pi­ons on Mon­day night in Perth.

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Ge­orge play­ing against New Zealand in Syd­ney, 2007.

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