Some of Bankstown’s finest are set to be formally recognised for their achievements, with the Mayor of Bankstown, Khal Asfour calling for nominations for the Bankstown Sporting Hall of Fame.
“I want Bankstown’s Sporting Hall of Fame to celebrate our champions - those who have achieved at the highest level and who have meant so much to local fans and families over the years,” said the Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour.
“I call on the men, women and schoolchildren of Bankstown to have their say to help make this a reality.”
Last year - as part of his commitment to building pride in Bankstown - Mayor Asfour announced plans for a specialised state-of-the-art Sporting Hall of Fame to be built within the $4 million redevelopment of the Memorial Park Sporting complex.
“I want our local youth to be inspired in achieving their goals and be proud to say they are from Bankstown,” Mayor Asfour said.
“The strength of the Bankstown Sporting Hall of Fame will be seen during the nomination process.
“I expect the nominations to include more stars than the Oscars or Grammys,” Mayor Asfour said.
“I mean just where do you start? There is Steve and Mark Waugh, Ian Thorpe, Terry Lamb, Jeff Thompson, Robbie Slater, John and llsa Konrads - the honour roll is endless.”*
“All these sporting greats were born and or raised in Bankstown and attended local schools. They all trained and played their junior sport for clubs in the Bankstown area, before going on to represent Australia and set records at the highest level.
“I’m pretty sure these names will all be at the top of most nominations.”
Mayor Asfour said as well as paying tribute to many local legends the Bankstown Sporting Hall of Fame will be used as a key educational source.
“The Hall of Fame will carry a range of memorabilia, exhibitions and audio visual displays so it can be used as a historical resource tool and developed into a tourist attraction,” Mayor Asfour said.