Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Angie Bainbridge and cricketer Anthony Stuart will be in a more select group of inductees to the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame for 2016.
Eight athletes will be recognised at a function on Thursday evening at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. Joining Bainbridge and Stuart in the more than 300-strong hall will be Paralympians Alicia Jenkins and Liesl Tesch, hockey player Allison Yeoland (nee Lippey), speedway car driver John Pyne, orienteerer Terry Farrell and late footballer Bill Paddock.
The Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame, run by the Hunter Academy of Sport, was established in 1992 and has regularly invited 12 retired local athletes who have won national titles or represented Australia into its ranks each year.
Hunter Academy of Sport events and communications manager Andrea Ciotti said a smaller, select group would be inducted this year for a more intimate ceremony, which has been traditionally held on a Sunday morning.
Stuart played three one-day internationals for Australia, highlighted by a hat-trick against Pakistan at the MCG in 1997. Bainbridge brought home Olympic gold (2008) and silver (2012) as part of the Australian women’s 4x200m freestyle relay teams.
Paddock played soccer for Australia in 1955, Farrell represented his country at world titles from 1979 to 1989, basketballer and sailor Tesch is preparing for her seventh Paralympics, Pyne is a multiple national champion, Yeoland played for the Hockeyroos in 1994 and swimmer Jenkins competed at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympics.
The new faces
Alicia Jenkins – Paralympic swimming
Represented Australia in international competition over six years, starting at the 1994 Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled then the 1995 British Nationals and Atlanta trials.
She competed in the Paralympic Games in 1996 and 2000 in the women's 100m breaststroke SB5 class, 50m butterfly S6 and 200m individual medley SM6, finishing as a finalist in each event.
She holds the record for the Australian short-course 100m breaststroke SB5.
Allison Yeoland (nee Lippey) – hockey
Selected in the Australian under-16, under-18, under-21 and open women's hockey teams. In 1992, Allison played in the Junior World Cup qualifying tournament against New Zealand as a member of the Australian under-21 team. In 1993, she was a member of the under-21 team that played in the Junior World Cup in Barcelona, Spain, taking home a silver medal. She represented the Australian open team in the Five Nations tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1994.
Angie Bainbridge – swimming
Angie Lee Bainbridge, OAM, is a freestyle swimmer who specialises in the 200m event. At the 2008 Australian championships she qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as a member of the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay squads by coming sixth and third in the respective individual events. At the Olympics, she swam the preliminary heats of the longer relay, and collected gold when the first-choice quartet won the final in a world record time.
Anthony Stuart – cricket
Anthony Stuart represented Australia at the highest level and represented NSW at first class level between 1994 and 1999.
The Newcastle-born paceman, who played in the NDCA competition for Charlestown District Cricket Club, will long be remembered for a hat-trick (against Pakistan at the MCG iun 1996-97) in just his third one-day international match.
After retiring, he returned to NSW in an administration capacity and moved into coaching. He coached Wellington in NZ between 2006 and 2008. He then coached NSW at First class level until 2012.
John Pyne – speedway driver
A revered speedway driver from Cedar Creek, near Cessnock. Over the course of his career Pyne earned seven NSW titles and 10 club championship victories. John won the Australian title in 1990 and 1996. He retired from competition after he was seriously injured in a crash at the national titles at Parramatta in 2003.
Liesl Tesch – wheelchair basketball
Liesl represented Australia at the Paralympic Games in Wheelchair Basketball on 5 occasions: in 1992 at Barcelona; in 1996 at Atlanta; in 2000 at Sydney as Team vice-captain where the team won silver. In 2008 she captained the team to a bronze medal in Beijing.
Liesl competed in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 Gold Cup, where the Australian team won a bronze medal and again at the 1998 Gold Cup where she was named Most Valuable Player.
She was the first woman in the world to play wheelchair basketball professionally.
William Roy Paddock – football
William was born and raised in Dudley where his family currently resides. He played for Australia against South Africa in October 1955, and competed in a match between NSW and South China in the same year.
William was listed on the roster for Australia vs. Austria in July 1955 as a reserve and played in the curtain raiser against Austria in August that year.
Terry Farrell – orienteering
Born in Medina, WA Terry Farrell grew up in the Hunter attending primary and secondary school in Newcastle.
In 1981 Terry won the Orienteering M21A ANZ Challenge in New Zealand. He competed in the Asia-Pacific Orienteering Championships in 1980, 1984, 1988 and represented Australia in the Open Men's relay team at every World Orienteering Championship from 1979 to 1989.
Terry also competed in the men's elite individual race at the World Orienteering Championship in 1981, '81, '85, '87 and '89. In 1988 Terry won the M21E Class Australian Orienteering Championships.
THE FULL HUNTER SPORTING HALL OF FAME
ATHLETES WITH A DISABILTY: Garry Hooper, Bob Staddon, Joseph Walker. Marilyn Mills, Alicia Jenkins, Liesl Tesch.
BADMINTON: June Bevan, June Carter, Jon Chin, June Walsh .
BASEBALL: Ron Russ
BASKETBALL: Terry Charlton, John Gardiner, Melva Hancock, Denis Kibble, Colyn Whitehead, Jenni Screen
BOXING: Harry Collins, Les Darcy, Fred Henneberry, William Jones, Phil McElwaine, William Morgan, Neville Rincheval, Dave Sands, Patrick Slavin, William Squires, Ken Stamford, Hector Thompson, Lyn Truscott, Robert Whitelaw.
BOARD SAILING: Grant Long, Michael Lancey, Bruce Wylie.
CRICKET: Anthony Stuart, Sarah Andrews, Arthur Chipperfield, Belinda Clark, Grahame Corling, Alan Davidson, Jim De Courcy, Gary Gilmour, Sally Griffiths, Robert Holland, Charles Macartney, Rick McCosker, Johnny Martin, Arthur Morris, Ray Robinson, Doug Walters, John Watkins, Paul Wilson.
CRICKET AND HOCKEY: Muriel Picton, Hazel Ronay.
CROQUET: John Levick.
CYCLING: Craig Chapman, Ian Chapman, Olivia Gollan, Margaret Hemsley, Robert Ryan, John Tresidder.
EQUESTRIAN: Kevin Bacon, John Fahey, Bridget MacIntyre, John Mackay Snr, John Mackay Jnr, Laurie Morgan.
FENCING: Alwyn Wardle.
FOOTBALL: Cliff Almond, George Arthur,Ray Baartz, John Barr, Alex Cameron, Norman Conquest, Bill Coolahan, Frank Coolahan, Clarrie Coutts, Colin Curran, Reg Date, Peter Doyle, Jack Evans, Alison Forman, Jack Gilmore, Ron Giles, Arch Harris, Alex Heaney, Jack Hughes, Ron Hughes, Graham Jennings, Allan Johns, Craig Johnston, E (Dick) Kemp, Jack Lennard, Percy Lennard, David Lowe, Jim McNabb, Roy McNaughton, Bill Mahoney, William Maunder, Billy Morgan, Bruce Morrow, Jack O’Brien, Kevin O’Neill, Tom Oliver, James Osborne, W (Ernie) Owen, Hedley Parkes, Jack (Jock) Parkes, Frank Parsons, John Pettigrew, Alfred Quill, John Roberts, William Rorke, Cheryl Salisbury, Danielle Small, Peter Stone, Doug Wendt, James Wilkinson, Shelley Youman, Bill Paddock.
GOLF: Phillip Billings, Billy Dunk, Gayle Gannon, Marea Hickey, Colin Johnston, Dayle Linnerston-Marshall, Jack Newton.
GYMNASTICS: Elizabeth Heslop.
HANG GLIDING: Rick Duncan, Kelvin Smith, Neva Bull.
HARNESS RACING: Dick Osborn.
HOCKEY: Allison Yeoland (nee Lippey), Michelle Andrews, Debbie Beckett, Ray Clarke, Olga Corrigan, Paul Dearing, Bev Dyet, Barbara Farrell, Nancye Fennell, Chris Fernance, Isobel Heath, Robyn Leggatt, Brooke Morrison, Lisa Naughton, Megan Oman, Julie Towers, Kristen Towers, Colleen Quinn, Joan Walter, Ray Wright, Alison Bruce.
HORSE RACING: Max Lees, Ted Bartle, Stanley Davidson, Wayne Harris, Rae Johnstone, James Pike, Arthur Shanahan, John Wade, Robert Thompson.
JUDO: Jim Black, Martin Kelly.
LAWN BOWLS: Nancy Childs, Fay Craig, Dave Downie, Helen Embleton, Sam Laguzza, Terry McCabe, Charles McNeill, Darby Ross, Barry Salter, Eve Wilcher.
MARTIAL ARTS: Greg Cairns, Ross Murphie.
MOTOR RACING: Grahame Baxter, Tony Pryor, John Pyne, Ron Pyne, Lloyd Thorley, Paul Cannon, Jack Threadgate.
MOTORCYCLE RACING: Keith Davies, Vic Duggan, Robert Jones, Wilfred Lamont, Chris Watson, Todd Wiltshire, Phil Lovett, George Watson, Herb Jefferson
NETBALL: Alison Broadbent, Lois Green, Nola Green.
ORIENTEERING: Terry Farrell
SHOOTING: Lloma Laws, Donald Brook
PROFESSIONAL RUNNING: Robert Watson.
ROWING: Ben Thoroughgood, George Towns, Richard Tresidder, Krysten Winkley, Margaret Clark.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Don Adams, Ned Andrews, Ron Bailey, William Bailey, Gary Banks, Allan Buman, Brian Carlson, Stan Carpenter, Arthur Collinson, John Cootes, Clive Churchill, Les Dawson, Keith Froome, Alf Gibbs, Jim Gibbs, Matthew Gidley, Charlie Gill, Johnny Graves, Paul Harragon, Jack Hutchinson, Andrew Johns, Les Johns, Matthew Johns, Bobby Lulham, Jim Morgan, Adam Muir, Edmund Lumsden, Ken Maddison, Robert Majoribanks, Col Maxwell, Herb Narvo, Andy Norval, Bill Owen, Terry Pannowitz, Albert Paul, Dave Parkinson, Ernie Patfield, Noel Pidding, Wally Prigg, Ron Roberts, Mark Sargent, John Sattler, Don Schofield, Frank Stanmore, Allan Thomson, Laurie Ward.
RUGBY UNION: Neil Adams, Cyril Burke, Terry Casey, Dick Cocks, Terry Curley, Ben Darwin, Anthony Ekert, Bill Gardner, Ron Harvey, John Hipwell, Peter Horton, Michael Jenkinson, Tobie McGann, Sydney Malcolm, Ron Meadows, Steve Merrick, Herbert Moran, Richard Tooth, Dominic Vaughan, Keith Walsham.
RUGBY UNION & RUGBY LEAGUE: Phillip Hawthorne, Geoff Richardson, Patrick Walsh.
SAILING: Colin Humphreys, Douglas Reid, Gary Bruniges.
SNOOKER: Eddie Charlton.
SOFTBALL: Linda Ward, Natalie Ward.
SPEEDBOAT RACING: Ken Warby.
SQUASH: Owen Parmenter.
SURFING: Roger Clements, Mark Richards, Mark Sainsbury.
SURF LIFESAVING: Barry Arms, Josh Blair, Harry Clark, Sean Davis, Jeffrey Dawson, Scott Derwin, Doug Ellercamp, Peter Ellercamp, Michael Jones, Leslie Lazurus, Bill McIntosh, Cliff Marsh, Kenneth Murray, Bob Newbiggin, Hec Scott, Noel Smith, Claude C Ward.
SWIMMING: Angie Bainbridge, Beverley Bainbridge, Lynette Bell, Peter Coughlan, Barbara Evans, Sonya Gray, Kevin Hallett, Harry Hay, John Hayres, Marguerite Jenkins, Gwen Millard, Justin Norris, Donna Proctor, Peter Reynolds, Ken Sever, Brian Wilkinson.
TABLE TENNIS: Gary Haberl.
TENNIS: Peter Doohan, Rachel McQuillan, Christine O’Neil.
TEN PIN BOWLING: Barbara Ward.
TOUCH: Gai Taylor.
TRACK AND FIELD: Mary Breen, Heath Francis, Linda Garden, Kevan Gosper, June Heath, Carolyn Lewis, Dianne Pease, David Power, Warren Ryan, Janet Tully, Erica Willis.
TRAMPOLINING: Brett Austine.
WATER SKIING: Christopher Cockburn, Garry Barton, Deborah Pugh, Peter Wellham.
WEIGHTLIFTING: Gerald Hay, Greg Hayman, Charles Henderson, John Powell, Arthur Shannos, Jerry Shannos.
YACHTING: Albert Burgin, Ben Lexcen.