Group to record rich sport­ing history

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Bold plans are afoot to celebrate the City of Kar­ratha’s rich sport­ing history with a book, halls of fame in each town and func­tions to be un­veiled around the time of Roe­bourne’s 150th an­niver­sary in Au­gust next year.

A group of long-term lo­cals un­der­tak­ing the mam­moth task have set about con­tact­ing all 124 sports clubs in the re­gion as well as po­ten­tial fund­ing sources to col­lect enough in­for­ma­tion and fund­ing to make it pos­si­ble.

Pro­ject or­gan­iser Peter Lynch said the plan would celebrate play­ers, coaches, vol­un­teers and any­one who had given long-term ser­vice to a lo­cal sport­ing club.

“(We want) to be able to one day say thankyou to our won­der­ful sport­ing com­mu­nity and all the men and women who pi­o­neered our sport­ing history,” he said.

“The story of the fam­ily we call sport and the fam­ily in our com­mu­nity… needs to be col­lected.

“It is an Aus­tralian story, it’s our way of life, and it em­braces all the won­der­ful things about our peo­ple.”

Mr Lynch said all clubs had to do to get in­volved in the pro­ject was get some of their history to­gether and get in touch.

Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion has al­ready flagged sup­port to fa­cil­i­tate a hall of fame-style in­stal­la­tion at the Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre and or­gan­is­ers are search­ing for sim­i­lar in­ter­est in the other towns.

NYFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Evan Maloney said the pro­ject would fit in well with other plans to celebrate Roe­bourne’s 150th an­niver­sary.

“We are very keen to sup­port the idea in some way, whether it is some form of dis­play area in the cul­tural com­plex or in the mu­seum when we get fund­ing for that,” he said.

“Places like the North West Jockey Club, the li­brary… we have stacks and stacks of photos and mem­o­ra­bilia we can get ac­cess to.”

Mr Lynch said so far the Kar­ratha and Dampier Bowls Clubs, North Pil­bara Football League, Kar­ratha Fal­cons Football Club, Nickol Bay Shoot­ing Club and Nickol Bay Speed­way had jumped on board with the idea.

“All we need to get the ball rolling is one page of doc­u­mented history from each sport or each club,” he said.

“We have un­til the end of July (next year) to get stuff through.”

If suc­cess­ful in get­ting the pro­ject off the ground, it is hoped the first func­tion would be hosted in Roe­bourne next year and at­tended by well-known Aus­tralian sport­ing per­son­al­i­ties.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Peter Lynch and a group of long-term res­i­dents are push­ing for a cel­e­bra­tion of the City of Kar­ratha’s sport­ing history.

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