Interest in local sports hall of fame

Olympian Riley Day hails from Beaudesert. Photo by Susie Cunningham.
Olympian Riley Day hails from Beaudesert. Photo by Susie Cunningham.

A community meeting will be held to gauge local interest in establishing a Scenic Rim Sports Hall of Fame.

It was originally set to be on on 28 October but will now be on 26 October from 6.30pm in the functions room at The Club, Beaudesert.

Mark Gee, who in his younger days played for the Beaudesert Kingfishers and is part of well-known local football family, the Gees, is behind the idea.

Mr Gee is hoping interested parties will come along to the meeting, including sporting club representatives, local, state and national government representatives and locals in general.

The passionate former local resident, who still has strong ties to the Beaudesert community, said it was about recognising and celebrating local sporting stars, past and present.

He said he saw a fresh opportunity to put the idea forward, in light of Beaudesert sports stars currently making their mark on the national world stage.

“You’ve got Riley Day (Olympic sprinter), Jamal Fogarty (NRL star) and Maverick Antcliff over playing in the PGA, and there are probably even more that I don’t know about,” he said.

Mr Gee put together a proposal about the idea in 2017 to discuss with Scenic Rim Regional Council representatives, felt the idea had some support when he flagged it briefly back then.

He does not have a location in mind for a Scenic Rim Sports Hall of Fame, but said he hoped to gauge at the meeting who was in support of the idea, with a view to establishing a steering committee.

“The Scenic Rim Sports Hall of Fame (SRSHOF) is proposed to be operated… by a group of civic and sports-minded persons to acknowledge, honour and promote the region’s sporting achievements by athletes, coaches and officials, at the elite level,” Mr Gee wrote in his 2017 proposal.

“The SRSHOF endeavours to preserve and celebrate the history of our region’s sport and to excite the next generation of young sportspeople to achieve their potential both in sport and life.

“The implementation of the SRSHOF will take an extended process that will require much discussion and deliberation. The suggestion of a steering committee to initiate and develop further guidelines to present to Council will be of utmost importance to maximize the success of the program.”

For more information phone Mark on 0422 380 006 or email markgee2206@gmail.com

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