THE time is now to nominate Leeton's most elite sportsmen and women to be included in the very first round of names to be set in hall of fame stone.
The Leeton shire Sporting Walk of Fame committee is now at the stage where nominations are required before a gala evening is held later in the year to formally unveil the names.
There are several points and criteria that need addressing in nominations, including, but not limited to:
- The nominee must have performed at their chosen sports/s at an elite level and preferably reached the highest level available for their chosen sport and/or;
- The nominee must have represented Australia (or equivalent level) in a team or as an individual.
- Consideration can be given for a nominee who has performed at an elite level for a substantial and consistent period of time without necessarily achieving Australian honours.
- The nominee must have achieved at an open level and does not include junior sporting levels of success.
Walk of Fame president Tony Reneker said he criteria was important.
"It's only for open level, not juniors," he said.
"You can't be a current player, you have to be retired or finished playing.
"There's certainly been a lot of interest. It's all about recognising the elite level."
Five people will be inducted into the first round during a function on October 17 and their names will then included on a plaque near the town ovals bike path.
Nominations close May 31, with forms available at Leeton Shire Council's offices.
Other criteria includes:
- Consideration can be given to nominating someone who has not retired from their chosen sport provided he/she warrants special recognition for achieving an outstanding result at the highest level eg. gold medal at an Olympic event.
- The committee acknowledges that sportspersons from an earlier era may not have had the same opportunity to compete at highest level due to a number of factors. Consideration will be given to those nominees, provided there is substantial authenticated documentary evidence obtained from governing bodies, associations and/or professional sporting bodies in the form of items such as letters, tapes, newspaper articles etc.
- The nominee may be deceased.