Special honour for champion

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
George will be introduced into the WA Hall of Champions on Monday night in Perth.
Camera IconGeorge will be introduced into the WA Hall of Champions on Monday night in Perth. Credit: Picture: Michael Traill, Michel Traill

From playing for Olympics in Narrogin to bringing home an Olympic Gold medal from Athens in 2004, Bevan George now will become a WA champion.

On Monday night George will be introduced into the Western Australian Institute of Sport’s WA Hall of Champions.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: Bevan George of Australia runs with the ball during the second test match between the Australian Kookaburras and the New Zealand Black Sticks at Sydney Olympic Park on November 23, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bevan George
Camera IconSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: Bevan George of Australia runs with the ball during the second test match between the Australian Kookaburras and the New Zealand Black Sticks at Sydney Olympic Park on November 23, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bevan George Credit: Mark Nolan/Picture: Getty Images

WAIS lists three primary criteria for an individual before they are put before the selection committee: outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level, a product of the WA sporting system and have retired from the highest level of competition for five years.

In his decorated career, the Cuballing product and former Australian captain has won two Olympic medals: gold from Athens 2004 and bronze from Beijing in 2008, as well as the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medal and the Champions Trophy in 2005.

George says his appointment to the WA Hall of Champions has taken a while to get used to.

“I’m just a hockey player, all I ever did was play hockey and enjoy myself, I’ve played around a lot of good players,” he said.

“It’s something that I owe to everyone, it will give me a great opportunity to thank a lot of people that I didn’t really thank, the administrators and the good people behind the doors and behind the scenes that you don’t really give acknowledgement to at the time.”

Since returning to Narrogin, George has taken up various roles in the UGSHA, including the league’s country team each year.

“I try and give them my take on hockey,” he said.

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