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Recognising the Territory’s rich sporting history

The Territory Government has announced a research project to profile potential candidates to be inducted in three NT Sports Awards categories – the Hall of Champions, the Roll of Honour and the Steve Abala Role Model category.

Announcing the project at the Australian Society for Sports History Sporting Traditions Conference, Sport and Recreation Minister Gary Higgins said the research project will identify and highlight the sporting history of some of the Territory’s most successful and prolific sports people.

“This is to assist us to officially honour their achievements at our annual Sports Awards,” Minister Higgins said.

“The Northern Territory has a proud sporting history and we’ve had some amazing champions who have excelled at the highest level in national and international competitions.

“It’s important to have accurate detailed profiles on individuals – some of our more famous sports people have well documented histories but there are those who equally deserve high recognition and sadly the records are disjointed or not available.

“This project will provide properly researched and verified information and histories and will be a valuable resource well into the future.”

Northern Territory Sports Historian Dr Matthew Stephen will undertake the research and manage the project.

Dr Stephen has managed the Northern Territory Archives Service Oral History Unit since 2007. He is on the executive committees of the Australian Society for Sports History, Oral History Australia Inc, and the Professional Historians Association Northern Territory.

“I’m excited about the gems of history and information Dr Stephen will gather,” Mr Higgins said.

As part of the $38,000 research project, all NT Peak Sporting Bodies will be invited to submit a list of names of people who have been involved in their sport, going back as far as possible, to be considered for each of the three awards.



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