North Lanarkshire's Sporting Hall of Fame
First sporting heroes inducted at special ceremony at Ravenscraig
The first inductees to North Lanarkshire's Sporting Hall of Fame have been announced.
The Lisbon Lions, Sir Matt Busby, John Higgins, Ricky Burns, The Renicks Sisters, Angela Robertson, Lynne McCafferty and Sandy Jones are among those sporting greats being immortalised, at the Ravenscraig Sports Facility.
The 12 boards featuring the inductees runs along the main corridor in the sports centre.
North Lanarkshire has produced remarkable champions at British, European and World level, and North Lanarkshire Council is the first local authority to celebrate the sporting achievements in this way.
The full list of inductees includes:
- Ricky Burns, boxing
- Sir Matt Busby, football
- David Crabb, swimming
- John Higgins, snooker
- Sandy Jones, golf
- Budhi Kunderan, cricket
- Lisbon Lions, football
- Lynn McCafferty, handball
- Tom McKean, athletics
- Johnathan Paterson, football
- Louise & Kimberley Renicks, judo
- Angela Robertson (nee McDowell), swimming
Cllr Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "Sport plays an important part in the rich heritage of our area.
"We were blessed with an abundance of candidates for our inaugural sports hall of fame. We were inundated with suggestions about possible candidates and the hall of fame has really caught the imagination of the people of North Lanarkshire.
"The deliberations of the judging panel were long and detailed. Some will argue for other names but no-one can argue about the contribution made by our inaugural inductees.
"All our inductees are people who have made a huge contribution to sport at the highest level. They inspire us with their dedication and commitment to being the best, sometimes in the face of extreme adversity.
"Their example is worth following, from competitiveness on the world stage to shaping the future of their sport, and from overcoming their own challenges to inspiring generations to participate in sport and exercise.
"It is fitting that these initial inductees will be recognised in our world-class facility at Ravenscraig. My hope is that young people from North Lanarkshire and beyond are inspired by them, not just to participate in sport but to learn the lessons of perseverance and dedication.
"It has been a pleasure to chair the judging panel and I would like to thank my fellow judges for their participation in what was a real challenge.
"I would also like to thank the hundreds of people who took the time to let us know their views. Most of all, I would like to thank the inductees and their families for the way in which they have embraced the concept of a hall of fame."