The lat­est Whanganui Sports Hall of Fame in­ductees

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Two Whanganui-born na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives who later gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion as ad­min­is­tra­tors are the lat­est in­ductees into the Whanganui Sports Hall of Fame. Prom­i­nent div­ing ref­eree and judge, Robin Hood, and soft­ball um­pire, the late Char­lie Phillips, be­came the first in­ductees from their sports into the Hall of Fame. They were named at the Ray White 2018 Whanganui Sports Awards func­tion this month, which took the num­ber of Hall of Fame mem­bers – from 12 sports – to 26, plus three fam­ily groups. Robin Hood, a na­tional div­ing cham­pion who fin­ished fifth at the 1966 Kingston Com­mon­wealth Games, was in­ducted into the In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming Hall of Fame in 2004 for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to div­ing since 1974. Char­lie Phillips, who died in 2003, won a bronze medal with the New Zealand soft­ball team at the inau­gu­ral world cham­pi­onships in Mexico in 1966, and also played at the world tour­na­ment in Ok­la­homa two years later.

In 1997 he was elected to the New Zealand Soft­ball Hall of Fame, and two years later in­ducted into the In­ter­na­tional Hall of Fame for his 30 years’ of ser­vice in all as­pects of the sport – play­ing, um­pir­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The se­lec­tion panel com­prised Sue West­wood (chair), Sue Haden (chair of Whanganui Sports Her­itage Trust), Nicky Mali­paard (Sport Whanganui), Ron Palen­ski (Dunedin – New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame di­rec­tor), Ken Mair (Whanganui iwi), Mark Stone­man (multi-sports or­gan­iser), John Phillips (me­dia) and Keith Smith (Sec­re­tary – Whanganui Dis­trict Coun­cil sports ad­viser).

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Whanganui Sports Hall of Fame go to: www.whanganui.govt.nz/sportshall

From left: Div­ing ref­eree and judge, Robin Hood, and soft­ball um­pire, the late Char­lie Phillips, are now in the Whanganui Sports Hall of Fame

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