Cockburn’s sporting greats could be honoured at ARC


Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

LOCAL sporting elite could be recognised with a tribute at Cockburn ARC.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett has called on the City’s administration to investigate the potential for a walk of fame or a wall of fame at the $109m facility, plus opportunities for it to have an interactive element built into the design.

The City currently has 17 athletes inducted into its Sport Hall of Fame, with the likes of gymnastics champion Val Norris, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Steve Srhoy and former West Coast goal scoring machine Peter Sumich currently recognised along the entryway to Cockburn’s administration building and on its website.

“There is a great opportunity to provide details of the recipients in a different format that allows their stories to be told in an interactive way,” Mr Howlett said.

“Given the variety of sports that will be available at (Cockburn ARC), it is a fitting location to inspire all who want to do their very best in their chosen sport.”

Cockburn Sport Hall of Fame inductee Frances Maunton, a member of Australia’s 1982 lacrosse World Cup Team and a state representative from 1981 to 1988, among other honours, said the walk of fame was a great idea.

“I come from a minor sport so any chance to be recognised is a great opportunity,” she said.

“What I have always liked about Cockburn’s Sport Hall of Fame is that it doesn’t just look at players or certain sports, it looks at all contributions equally.”

Champion cyclist Ken Norris, who represented Australia at the 1966 and 1967 World Track Cycling Championships and was named 1996 Paralympics Coach of the Year, was also behind the idea.

“There’s so much sporting history in Cockburn,” he said.

“Anything that highlights that and people’s contribution is a great idea.”

City of Cockburn – Sports Hall of Fame inductees:

Graeme Benthien – Cycling

Robert Golding – Hockey

Alan Beale – Soccer

Christine Dorey – Tennis

Glen Jakovich – Australian Rules Football

Val Norris (nee Buffham) – Gymnastics.

John Denic – Lacrosse

Peter Sumich – Australian Rules Football.

Frances Maunton (nee Reid) – Lacrosse

Kevin Allen – Sailing

Steve Srhoy – Lawn Bowls

Smiljana Jakovich – Lawn Bowls

George Grljusich – Sports Media

Tom Grljusich – Australian Rules Football

Ken Norris – Cycling

Kim Lewis – Darts

Lara Carroll – Swimming

Cockburn ARC

Work on Cockburn ARC has ticked past 70 per cent.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said more than 150 construction workers were on site every day, ensuring the facility remains on track for completion early next year.

“The majority of the walls and cladding for the six court stadium are nearly complete,” he said.

“External glass has been fitted to the health and fitness area.

“In August, the indoor 25 metre and wellness program pools were tiled.

“The cement slab around the indoor pools was laid and tiling has commenced on the hot and cold recovery pools.

“The 50 metre outdoor pool structure was recently completed and tiling will begin late this month.

“This month, construction also will begin on the three premier slides.”

For information visit www.cockburnarc.com.au or search Cockburn ARC in Facebook.