Four champions win top honours
HALL OF FAME
Rod Kemp’s induction last night into the Goldfields Sporting Hall of Fame was just another accolade in a long line of honours for the Kalgoorlie-born former champion jockey.
It follows hot on the heels of his 2017 induction into the WA Racing Hall of Fame that formally recognised one of the great riding careers.
His imposing record includes four Perth jockeys’ premierships and he was the nation’s leading rider by stakes earned in 1984-85.
Kemp was nicknamed Rocket after being crowned WA’s top apprentice in 1971-72.
His career was cut short when he fell from Cheridge at Belmont Park in 1987.
At just 33, he sustained severe neck injuries that left him partially paralysed.
But not before he had ridden 11 Group 1 winners.
They included Phizam in the 1985 Perth Cup.
Kemp was among four Hall of Fame inductees last night at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall, alongside John Terrell, Barry Aslett and Ted Tyson.
Terrell was honoured on two fronts, as a long-time Goldfields sports historian and for his deeds as a cricketer.
The talented wicketkeeper/ batsman scored more than 5000 runs and in excess of 300 dismissals behind the stumps in Goldfields senior cricket.
His various appearances for WA Country included against the West Indies in 1968 and he played first grade cricket in Perth for Subiaco.
Terrell has also written several books documenting Goldfields sport.
Aslett has been chalking up golfing accolades for more than 60 years.
In 2008, Aslett revealed how most of his success was while battling the debilitating effects of arthritis.
At the time, he boasted 49 club championships to become only the second person, alongside Les Cook, to be honoured with Eastern Goldfields Golf Association life membership.
“It (arthritis) still bothers me and I still need painkillers to help me along,” he said.
“But let’s face it — I’d rather put up with it and be out there doing something I enjoy, rather than feeling sorry for myself.
“Of course I’m not getting any younger, so I like to hit a few before I start a round, just to loosen up a bit.”
Also honoured last night was champion footballer Ted Tyson.
The former West Perth star, who died in 1996 aged 86, kicked nearly 1200 goals in a career that spanned 1930 to 1945.
He was an inaugural inductee into the WA Football Hall of Fame and was named at full-forward in West Perth’s Team of the Century.
In 1938, Tyson kicked 126 goals to head a goalkicking list that included four other centurions.
But remarkably, he earned just two Sandover votes in a season in which Haydn Bunton Sr won the first of his three medals.
Roy Fredericks smashes a six during his innings of 125, his first on Australian soil, against the WA Country XI in 1968. John Terrell is wicketkeeping.
West Perth champion Ted Tyson working in the bar at the police canteen.