Sports Hall of Fame
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognise sporting achievements by athletes and coaches who have made a significant impact on Wanganui’s sporting heritage. The first inductees into the Wanganui Sports Hall of Fame were announced in February 2008.
The Sports Hall of Fame is located in the entrance Atrium of the main Grandstand at Cooks Gardens, 9am to 5pm weekdays and during events.
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognise sporting achievements by athletes and coaches who have made a significant impact on Wanganui’s sporting heritage.
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, nominees must be from the Wanganui District, by birth or adoption, have been retired at least five years from top competition, represented New Zealand at ‘senior’ level and/or contributed positively to, and brought credit to, sport in the District.
Nominations are sought annually. Persons previously nominated but not inducted will be considered for the Sports Hall of Fame each year.
Administered by the Wanganui District Council, the inductees are selected by a panel comprising Ron Palenski (chief executive of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in Dunedin), John Phillips (former Wanganui Chronicle Sports Editor), Sue Westwood (WDC Councillor), Christine Jones (former Chair Sport Wanganui), Mark Stoneman (Wanganui businessman and multisport event organiser), Ken Mair (Whanganui Iwi representative) and Keith Smith (Wanganui District Council Sport & Recreation Adviser).