Over the years Grenfell and the Weddin Shire has produced many successful, talented sporting men and women.
In 2016 a small group of community members banded together to form a committee to arrange for the establishment of The Grenfell and District Sporting Hall of Fame to honour those people who have been selected to represent Australia.
The official opening took place on Saturday 29 April 2017 at the Grenfell Bowling Club where 24 people were inducted. They were:
|Reggie McNamara||Cycling, 1913||Reggie McNamara represented Australia in Cycling in 1913. After winning several long distance races in Australia Reggie competed in New Zealand, America and Europe winning over 700 races before retiring at age 50 in 1937.|
|Stan McCabe||Cricket, 1930||Stan McCabe first represented Australia in Cricket in 1930. Stan played 39 Test Matches for Australia from 1930 to 1938 scoring 2748 test runs.|
|Harry Anderson||Clay Target Shooting, 1953||Harry Anderson represented Australia in Clay Pigeon Shooting. Harry shot in the Australian International Team in 1953 competing against England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and Wales.|
|Jan Lehane||Tennis, 1960||Jan Lehane represented Australia in tennis. Jan was Australia’s number one women’s tennis player in 1960 and played at Wimbledon. She was also a member of the inaugural Federation Cup Team.|
|Rob Chambers||Indoor Bowls, 1976||Rob Chambers represented Australia playing Indoor Bowls in 1978. Rob’s team won the Australian titles in 1977 and then went on to represent Australia and play New Zealand the following year.|
|Kristy McAlister||Lightweight Pairs Rowing, 1989||Kristy McAlister represented Australia in 1989 in the Lightweight Pairs Rowing. Kristy and her rowing partner Fiona Watson competed in the Trans Tasman Test Series against teams from America, Canada, New Zealand and China.|
|Brendan Reeves||Rugby League, 1991||Brendan Reeves was selected in the Australian School Boys team for the 1993 and 1994 Test Series against Great Britain. Brandan’s NRL career was spent mainly with the Manly Waringah Sea Eagles.|
|Michael Eppelstun||Body Boarding, 1993||Michael Eppelstun represented Australia in the sport of Body Boarding in 1993 winning the World Championship. He became the first Australian and first non Hawaiian to win the title.|
|Rodney Byrne||Touch Football, 1993||Rodney Byrne first represented Australia in Touch Football in 1993. Rod was selected in the Australian Men’s Over 35’s in 1993 and the Australian Men’s Over 40’s in 1999.|
|Justyn Nowlan||Rugby Union, 1994||Justin Nowlan first represented Australia in Rugby Union in 1994. Justin has played in the Australian Barbarians Invitational 1st XV, Australian Institute of Sport 1st XV, Australia A and the Australian Emerging Wallabies.|
|Matthew Reid||Karate, 2000||Matty Reid represented Australia in the sport of Karate in 2000. Matt competed in the Koshiki Karate 12th World Junior and Australian Open Championships finishing third.|
|Anthony Brown||Sidecar racing, 2002||Anthony Brown represented Australia in 2002 in the sport of Side Car Racing. Anthony raced in New Zealand as part of the winning Australian Team securing the Trans Tasman Cup.|
|Wayne Heathcote||Triathlon, 2004||Wayne Heathcote first represented Australia in Triathlon in Portugal in 2004. Wayne has represented Australia on 6 occasions with the last event being held in Chicago in 2015.|
|Josh Bateman||Rugby League, 2004||Josh Bateman represented Australia in Rugby League in 2004. While attending the AIS in Canberra Josh was invited to tour France and England. In later years Josh played in the NRL for the Penrith Panthers.|
|Dean Brus||Target Pistol Shooting, 2007||Dean Brus first represented Australia in 2007 in the sport of Pistol Shooting. Dean has held 2 World Records as an individual and 1 World Record in a teams event. Dean has represented Australia 9 times in the past 10 years.|
|Samantha Wood||Soccer, 2007||Sammie Wood first represented Australia in Soccer in 2007 after being selected in the Australian Under 17’s Team. The team won a silver medal at the Youth Olympics. Sammie also played at the World Cup Qualifiers in Malaysia in 2007 and 2008. She was selected in the Australian All Schools teams in 2008,2009,2010 and in 2011 was named Captain and Player of the Tour.|
|Emily Crutcher||High Jump, 2010||Emily Crutcher first represented Australia in 2008 at The Pacific School Games in High Jump. Emily then went on to represent Australia at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Canada and the IAAF World Youth Championships in France.|
|Jesse Mitton||Gridiron, 2010||Jesse Mitton represented Australia in Gridiron Football. Jesse was selected in the Australian National Team touring American Samoa in 2010.|
|Sam Myers||Rugby Union, 2013||Sam Myers first represented Australia in Men’s Rugby Seven’s in 2013 during a World Series Campaign in South Africa. Sam was selected in the Dream Team in 2014,2015 and captained the side in 2016 in Dubai, Las Vegas, South Africa, New Zealand and Sydney. Sam also competed in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 with the team winning the bronze medal.|
|Tabitha Jones||Mountain Bike Triathlon, 2016||Tabitha Jones represented Australia in 2016 in Mountain Bike Triathlon at the TreX Cross Triathlon ITU World Championships held at the Snowy Mountains. 1500m swim, 30km mountain bike ride and 10km run.|
|Clare Hunt||Soccer, 2016||Clare Hunt first represented Australia in Soccer in 2014 following selection in the Australian Under 17’s Mini Matilda’s Team that competed in Malaysia. She was selected again in the Under 19’s Young Matildas to compete in Myanmar.|
|Henry Hunt||Cricket, 2016||Henry Hunt has represented Australia in Cricket. Henry was an opening batsman in the Australian Under 19’s team that played in Dubai in the Tri Series Tournament between Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.|
|Dominique Holland||Hammer Throw, 2016||Dominique Holland represented Australia in 2016 at the Melanesian games in the Women’s Hammer Throw. She has been selected again this year to represent Australia at the Oceania Games in Fiji. She is currently ranked 4th in Australia in the Under 18’s Women’s Hammer Throw.|
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