The City of Cockburn is home to many elite athletes, past and present.
Seventeen elite local athletes are currently celebrated along the City’s Sports Hall of Fame, which is located at the entrance of the City’s administration building. The Hall of Fame includes athletes from sports ranging from AFL to sailing and also acknowledges the junior Cockburn clubs these athletes came from.
Lara Carroll - Swimming
Lara was an Athens Olympian in 2004 and Melbourne Commonwealth games swimmer. In 2005 Lara set a new Australian and Commonwealth record in the 400m Individual Medley. The previous record held by Hayley Lewis stood for 12 years.
Kimberly Lewis – Darts
Kimberly is a Cockburn RSL Dart Club member who represented Australia at the 2003 World Masters Games. Kimberly competed for WA 14 times and won the State Championships four times.
Ken Norris OAM – Cycling
Ken represented Australia at the 1966 and 1967 World Track Cycling Championships, and was a Gold medallist in the World Masters Tandem Criterium in 1985. Ken was a Paralympics coach in 1992 in Barcelona, in 1996 in Atlanta and was awarded 1996 Paralympics Coach of the Year.
Tom Grljusich – Football
Tom was a South Fremantle Football Club (SFFC) legend from 1960 to 1976. He played 258 games for South Fremantle, which was a record that stood until 2008. Tom was a 1970 premiership player and the SFFC fairest and best winner in 1968 and 1972. Tom is a life member of the SFFC and WA Football.
George Grljusich – Sports Media (1939-2007)
George was a sports commentator and radio broadcaster who covered 39 different sports, six Olympic Games and 10 Commonwealth Games. George was an avid sports fan and commentator who broadcast WAFL and AFL matches. He is well known for his brilliant call of Ben Johnson’s world record 100 metres sprint at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Smiljana Jakovich – Lawn Bowls
In 2000 the Prime Minister John Howard awarded Smiljana the Australian Sports Medal Award, on behalf of the Queen. Smiljana was a multiple WA champion bowler and three time Australian representative bowler. She has been a Cockburn Bowling Club member since 1981.
Steve Srhoy - Lawn Bowls
Steve was a foundation member of the Cockburn Bowling Club in 1964. In 1994 he competed in the Commonwealth Games and won a silver medal for Australia. Steve was an outstanding State and Australian representative bowler, who won multiple State awards in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He also won Gold and Silver at the Asia Pacific Championships in 1993. In 1995, Steve was awarded the Australia Day Citizens Award and an Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
Kevin Allen – Sailing
Kevin was a State, Australian and International Sailing champion, who represented Australia three times in International Sailing Competitions. He was an Australian and World Champion in 1985, and a WA Champion in 1977, 1979, 1984 and 1986.
Francis Maunton (nee Reid) – Lacrosse
Frances was a Lacrosse player for over 20 consecutive years. In 1982 she was a member of the Australian World Cup Team, and from 1981 to 1988 she was a State Team Member. Frances was Association fairest and best in 1980 and was awarded life membership of Lacrosse West in 1999.
Peter Lor Sumich – Australian Rules Football
Peter was a member of the WA Teal Cup in 1985 and went on to play 112 games for the South Fremantle Football Club. In 1988 he was drafted to the West Coast Eagles where he played 150 games and kicked 514 goals. Peter played in the 1992 and 1994 AFL Premiership Team and was the first left-footer to kick over 100 goals in an AFL season. He coached South Fremantle from 2000 to 2001, before taking an assistant coach role at West Coast between 2002 to 2011. Since 2001 he has been an assistant coach at the Fremantle Football Club.
John Edward Denic – Lacrosse
John was a Lacrosse coach and player who represented WA as a player in 1979, 1981 and 1983. He represented WA as a coach in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995 and 2000. John coached five National Premiership teams and was Australian Head Coach for the Lacrosse World Series in 1994, 1998 and 2002. John was awarded the ASC Coach Award in 1994 and Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
Val Norris (nee Buffham) – Gymnastics
Val was a champion athlete and coach. She was an Olympian Gymnast in Tokyo in 1964 and Mexico in 1968, and represented Australia at the World Championships in Germany in 1966. Val was a WA State champion in 1962, 1965, 1968 and 1969, and an Australian Champion in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969. She was inducted as a Member of the Australian Gymnastics Roll of Honour in 1989 and Awarded Life Membership to the Western Australian Gymnastics Association in 1991. Val is still coaching in the City of Cockburn at Olympic Fun and Fitness in Jandakot.
Glen Jakovich – Australian Rules Football
Glen was a member of the WA Teal Cup in 1985 and went on to play 51 games for the South Fremantle Football Club and 270 games for the West Coast Eagles. He was a member of the 1992 and 1994 AFL Premiership Team, and was selected in the AFL All Australian team in 1994 and 1995. Glen won Fairest and Best at the West Coast Eagles in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2000. He retired from the club in 2004 and is now a sports commentator and broadcaster.
Christine Dorey – Tennis
Christine was a WA junior representative from 1966 to 1969, and a senior representative between 1979 and 1982. She was ranked the number one ladies player in Western Australia in 1970 and 1972 and between 1979 and 1981. Christine played at Wimbledon five times and qualified three times. In 1977 she reached the Quarter finals in the French and US Open Ladies doubles. In 1978 she was a semi- finalist in the Australian Open (Ladies Singles), becoming the first Australian woman to qualify in a grand slam event and reach the semi-finals. Christine is a member of the Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and has been Club Coach for over 20 years.
Alan Beale (1921 – 2001) – Soccer
Alan was a champion footballer who was originally from Plaistowe in England, arriving in the Port of Fremantle in 1924. He was a member of the Spearwood Rovers FC between 1936 and 1965 and the Cockburn United FC from 1965 to 1977. Alan represented Western Australia from 1946 to 1950 and won the WA Soccer Player of the Year in 1954 and 1958. In 1996 he was inducted into the WAIS Hall of Champions and Awarded Life Membership to the Soccer Federation of Western Australia.
Robert Kenneth Golding – Hockey
Robert was a State and Australian player and umpire who was a member of the Fremantle Hockey Club from 1987 to 1994 and the University Hockey Club between 1995 and 2004. Robert was a member of WAIS Squad from 1989 to 1991 and represented WA in indoor hockey between 1989 and 1996 and again from 1998 to 2003. Robert was Coach from 2001 to 2003.
Graeme John Benthien – Cycling
Graeme has been a member of the Melville / Fremantle Cycling Club since 1985. He was at the Fremantle Districts Cycling Club from 1956 to 1961, and was a part of the Fremantle / Cockburn Professional Cycling Club between 1970 and 1985. Graeme was selected to represent Western Australia eight times in track events. In 1958 he was all round junior track champion and in 1959 (at 18) was the youngest rider ever to ride off scratch in the Northam to Perth Road Race. Graeme was a World Veterans Cycling champion in 1982, 1984 and 1987. He has been a strong supporter of Cycling as a member of organising committees for Australian track and road championships, a foundation committee member of Western Australian Veterans Cycling Council and track manager at numerous World Junior Track Titles.