Lo­cal Olympian makes Hall of Fame

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

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.

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