Three sportsmen have been added to Goulburn’s Sports Hall of Fame at the Veolia Arena: Allan Fitzgibbon for rugby league and basketball, Kyle Cranston for decathlon and Tony Beecham for powelifting.
Goulburn’s Sports Hall of Fame started on August 22, 1992, when the Goulbuirn City Council Sports Council hosted an immensely popular fundraising dinner and auction. Those involved in initiating the Hall of Fame were: Cr Margaret O’Neill, Des Rowley, Peter Nightingale and Goulburn Post sports journalist Paul Gregg. The idea of recognising Goulburn’s sports men and women who had represented the city and their country at the highest levels proved extremely popular. There were 32 inductees at the inaugural ceremony on April 30, 1994, including Gavin Miller for Rugby League who was at the induction ceremony on Saturday night and who was coached by Allan Fitzgibbon at Cronulla Sharks.
Kyle Cranston, who is aiming to represent Australia at the 2020 Olympics in decathlon, was accompanied by members of his family, several of whom are athletes of note in different disciplines.
Tony Beecham, who took up his sport of powerlifting as a masters competitor, brought along his family, including his grandmother who is a great supporter of the multi World, Australian and New Zealand Record holder.
The induction on Saturday night, November 3, was held at the Grace Millsom Centre, next to the Veolia Centre and next door to the old basketball court in the show pavilion, where Allan Fitzgibbon used to play as a promising junior for Goulburn. Emcee for the evening was Graeme Northey and musical entertainment was provided by Steve Ruddell and Corbey-Lea Hunt.
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