Local Olympian makes Hall of Fame
THE Derwent Valley’s own triple Olympic medallist, rower Anthony Edwards, has been honoured with a place in the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.
Edwards, who lives at Molesworth and is a member of the New Norfolk Rowing Club, joined an illustrious list of Tasmanian athletes in the Hall of Fame last week at the Tasmanian Athlete of the Year Awards.
Edwards, who was inducted alongside cricket great Ricky Ponting, competed at five straight Olympics between 1996 and 2012.
He picked up a bronze medal in the lightweight double sculls in 1996, and silver medals in the lightweight fours at both Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004.
He said his induction into the Hall of Fame was one of the highest, if not the highest, accolades he has received.
“It’s an incredible honour actually, and it’s hard to really put it into words,” he said.
“It’s something that I know feels incredibly special, and probably not [for] me but to my close family who have probably watched it and been involved in it over my whole sporting career.”
There are now 131 Tasmanian athletes in the Hall of Fame.
“To see the names in that group and to actually share the night with some of them, I was just in awe of that more than anything,” Edwards said.
“INCREDIBLE HONOUR”: Anthony Edwards was inducted into the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame at a function at Blundstone Arena.