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