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Sporting Hall of Fame

Welcome to the Sporting Hall of Fame

The concept for a Sporting Hall of Fame originated from local sports personality Mr Carl Sharpe, OAM. Carl realised there was a number of local sports people who had represented Australia during research he was compiling on the history of cricket in Orange and proposed a hall of fame to formally recognise and acknowledge these people.

In 1990 Carl approached Orange City Council for a venue for this exhibition 34 Champions were initially inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame located at the Orange Visitor Information Centre. Further inductions to the Sporting Hall of Fame have since been made, resulting in over 60 local sporting heroes being honoured.

A judging committee was established to consider and approve nominations for induction into the Sporting Hall of Fame. To be accepted, nominees must :

  • gain selection in a team recognised as an Open Australian team
  • or they must represent Australian or win titles at National or International level in their sport.
  • Other nominees have been selected for representing Australian before moving to Orange, but have contributed to sport and/or the local community.

The virtual Orange Sporting Hall of Fame contains a pictorial history of each person and various sporting memorabilia consisting of rugby caps, jackets and swimming costumes. Many sports are represented in the Sporting Hall of Fame ranging from Cricket, Rugby, Boxing, Swimming, Netball and Drag Racing.

In 2004 Orange City Council reviewed the Sporting Hall of Fame concept and a decision was made to recreate the exhibition on-line, thus providing more exposure for the exhibition to a wider audience.

If you wish to contribute more photos or memories of sporting heroes and sporting places of Orange please contact:

Orange City Council's Museum & Heritage Community Liaison Officer, Alison Russell on 6393 8170 or email arussell@orange.nsw.gov.au

Orange City Council hope that you enjoy the virtual Orange Sporting Hall of Fame.
Any Queries? Contact Sporting Hall of Fame