North Lanarkshire's Sporting Hall of Fame 2018

Eight people have been inducted into this year's North Lanarkshire Sporting Hall of Fame

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The incredible sporting achievements of athletes from across the area were celebrated at a special ceremony at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre on Friday 18 May.

The latest inductees join other sporting greats and legends, such as Sir Matt Busby, John Higgins, the Lisbon Lions, Ricky Burns and David Crabb who were inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame last year, when North Lanarkshire became the first Local Authority in Scotland to honour its sporting heroes in such a way

The 2018 Sporting Hall of Fame inductees are:

  • Kirsten Bonar (Karate) from Holytown - 5th Dan and international Karate referee
  • Pat Clinton (Boxing) from Croy - World flyweight champion
  • Margaret Ann Fleming (Volleyball) from Kilsyth - Chief executive Officer for Scottish Volley ball and advisor to Olympic Volleyball competitions
  • Pauline Hamill (Football) from Airdrie - Scotland's most capped player (male or female) with 141 caps
  • Michael Kerr (Wheelchair Rugby) from Viewpark - Captain of the GB team and the first and, to date, only Scot to represent GB and Wheelchair rugby
  • Scott Meenagh from Cumbernauld - (Para Nordic Skiing, Rowing and Athletics) - Among an incredible list of achievements Scott includes British Army Captain at the Invictus Games and ParalympicsGB competitor
  • Jimmy Quinn (Football) from Croy - A key player in the Celtic side of the early 20th century, winning six league championships and four Scottish Cups
  • James Stewart (Ultra Marathon Runner) from Croy  - Represented GB and Scotland, winner of the West Highland Way Race, and winner of the American 100mile trail championships.

Speaking after the announcement, Michael Kerr said: "To be included in the North Lanarkshire Sporting Hall of Fame is a huge honour for both myself and my family. It's really incredible when you see the other names who have been inducted and what they have achieved in their sporting careers.

"I hope my inclusion can inspire others - whether able-bodied or disabled - to give sport a go and enjoy competing, no matter the level."

Cllr Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "The reason for creating a Sporting Hall of Fame in North Lanarkshire is to inspire future generations, and I'm certain that everyone visiting Ravenscraig will look at the large, colourful panels along the main corridor and realise the single minded determination it takes to achieve sporting success.

"This year's eight inductees are truly inspiring people and I'd like to congratulate each of them on their incredible achievements.

"I'm sure their families, friends and the people of North Lanarkshire are rightly proud of their inclusion among our finest sports people.

"I'd also like to thank our sponsors Albert Bartlett, sportscotland and clubsportnl without whose support none of this would not be possible."

Anyone who wants to come and see the North Lanarkshire Sporting Hall of Fame can do so free of charge by visiting the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility where the sport stars biographies and picture boards take pride of place along the main corridor of the centre.

This initiative is fully supported by sportscotland, the National Agency for Sport and clubsportnl, the voluntary sector for Sport in North Lanarkshire.

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