The latest Whanganui Sports Hall of Fame inductees
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