The Hunter Academy of Sport celebrated its 30th anniversary on Thursday, August 9 at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club by inducting 10 new members into the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame.
The Academy grew out of a 1987 bio-mechanic youth research project supported by the NSW Government and the University of Newcastle. Since that time, over 20,000 of the region’s talented youth have been supported in over 30 different sporting codes.
Today, the Hunter Academy of Sport is part of the Regional Academy of Sport statewide network, whose main objective is to identify regional talent, educate and develop that talent and to provide opportunities to progress along established pathways.
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Vital partnerships with the NSW Office of Sport, Your Local Club and many state and national sporting organisations ensure that the regional Academy system is strong and relevant, while locally these programs provide regional-based youth with the support and guidance they need to become better members of their community, both now and in the future.
Hosted by the Academy every year, the Hall of Fame is made up of over 300 top athletes who have represented Australia or competed in an international tournament and were born and/or played in the Hunter region at the junior or senior level.
This year 10 Hunter athletes were inducted: Benn Harradine (Athletics), Brendan Sexton (Triathlon), Danny Buderus (Rugby League), Kurt Fearnley (Marathon), Laura Dunn (Rowing), Lauren Colthorpe (Football), Matthew O'Callaghan (Rowing), Ray Baxter (Canoe Slalom), Tim O'Callaghan (Rowing) and Ty Swadling (Trampoline).
Four new life members were also inducted to the Hunter Academy of Sport community. Ross Hayter, Ian Hook, Alan Moyle and Les McCarthy were recognised for their dedication and commitment to the Academy over the past 30 years, an honour that they were extremely pleased to accept.
The Hunter Academy of Sport would not be able to operate throughout the past 30 years without the support of many sponsors and partners including NIB, Office of Sport, Your local club and Greater Bank.