Western region sporting legends to be honoured

Tim Lang has qualified for four world championship events. Picture: Ryan Osland

Tim Lang has qualified for four world championship events. Picture: Ryan Osland

Sporting groups and community members from across Western NSW will be invited to submit their nominations for inclusion into the Western Region Sporting Legends Drive and Honour board at the new Western Region Institute of Sport.

After securing $9.3 million for Stage One and complimenting the recent $4 million grant to the Dubbo PCYC which will be a key part of the $44.5 million world class facility a complimentary Legends Drive will be established honouring Sporting legends form the Western Region.

The project will be chaired by local Sports Historian ABC Western Plains/Central West Sports Saturday presenter Geoff Mann in conjunction with the Dubbo office of the Office of Sport, NSW Sport & Recreation.

This is a great way to recognise so many locals from across the Western Region and it’s appropriate their success is a showcased along the driveway and inside the new Institute of Sport.

Mr Mann said, “Swimmers Peter Coughlan (Dubbo) and Dyana Calub (Bourke/Dubbo) both represented at Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Wallabies include Jon White (Wellington/Yeoval), Ollie Hall and Geoff Chapman (Dubbo), John Coolican ( Bourke), Dennis O’Callaghan (Nyngan) as well as Tom Robertson and Ned Hanigan (Coonamble) in the current crop.

Mr Mann continued, “Cricketers include Marie Cornish (Lutschini) from Wellington and Lisa Keightly from Mudgee, Chris Tremain (Yeoval), Don Nash, Chris Killen, Nathan Pilon plus the Henry brothers, Scott and James (Mudgee) as well as Tim Lang (Mudgee).”

Mr Grant said, “Shooters Phillip Adams (Forbes) and Bob Dowling (Dubbo) have outstanding records competing for Australia. Megan Dunn and Bob Spears are our highest achieving cyclists although there have been dozens of national and world junior reps.”

The design for the Legends Drive and Honour Boards will be determined once a list is complete. Given the large list of potential nominees strict criteria will be established to ensure the local success is honoured.

Nominations for the Legends Drive and Honour Boards can be sent to Dubbo Office of the Office of Sport, Sport & Recreation at PO Box 2913 Dubbo NSW 2830 or email dubbooffice@sport.nsw.gov.au. Nominations will be open up to June 30, 2019.