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The induction of the 2021 Sports Legends of Wellington recognises Wellington icons of sport who have made an outstanding contribution as an athlete. Since 2003, 56 athletes have received recognition as Sports Legends of Wellington.The criteria, as set out by the Academy, are that the Legend must:

• Have a close allegiance to the Wellington area

• Be an athlete (as distinct from a coach or administrator)

• Be retired at least 10 years from top competition at the time of their induction


Most importantly the Legends must be acknowledged icons who have made an indelible impact on our community through their accomplishments.


Home of the Legends as part of the induction Legends unveil a plaque honouring their achievements. The plaques are displayed at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, providing a permanent place of recognition.The public are welcome to view the plaques on the mezzanine floor of the ASB Sports Centre during regular opening hours.

Congratulations to our 2021 Sport Legends 

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Duane Kale - Para Swimming

Duane Kale represented New Zealand as a Paralympic swimmer. He won four golds, along with a silver and bronze at the 1996 Summer Paralympics. He was also the Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Paralympic Team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics. In 1997 Kale was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to swimming.

Lynnette Brooky - Golf

Lynnette Brooky turned professional in 1994 and spent her playing career playing mainly on the Ladies European Tour (LET). She won four LET tournaments including back-to-back French Opens, and went on to win a further four in the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour. She also represented New Zealand in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Women’s World Cup of Golf.  

Olivia Baker - Weightlifting

Olivia Baker was New Zealand's highest performing female weightlifter in the commonwealth and Olympic games. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics Baker finished eighth in the 75+ kilograms combined category. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester she was awarded a silver medal in the 75+ kilograms snatch and two bronze medals for the 75+ kilograms clean and jerk and the 75+ kilograms combined.

Tana Umaga - Rugby

Tana Umaga represented the New Zealand All Blacks from 1997-2005, playing 74 tests and being named as captain of the national side in 2004. He played for the Hurricanes from the Super 12’s inception in 1996 and played 100 matches for the Wellington Lions. Umaga was awarded New Zealand Rugby Player of the Year in 2000.

Previous Sports Legends of Wellington

Allan Hewson - Rugby

Michael Kenny - Boxing

Naomi Shaw - Softball

Trish McKelvey - Cricket

Stuart Davenport – Squash 
Kevin Herlihy (1948 – 2006) – Softball 
Suzie Muirhead – Hockey 
Melissa Moon – Athletics 


Jean Jarden (1907-1983) – Croquet 
Bryan Rose – Athletics 
Jeremy Coney – Cricket


Murray Dunn (1935-2015) – Table Tennis 
Belinda Cordwell – Tennis 
Bernie Fraser – Rugby 
Stu Wilson – Rugby


John Durry (1936-2006) – Golf 
Barry Sinclair – Cricket 
Maureen Jacobson – Football 
Murray Mexted – Rugby


Kenny McFadden – Basketball 
Bevan Smith – Athletics 
Mark Sorenson – Softball 
Ron McKenzie (1922 – 2006) – Tennis


Bob Blair – Cricket 
Judy Howat – Lawn Bowls 
Peter Miskimmin – Hockey 
Mark Nicholls (1901-1972) – Rugby


Margharet Matenga- Netball 
Kathleen Nunnely (1872-1956) – Tennis 
Philip Rush – Distance Swimming


Colin O’Neil – Rugby League 
Graham Williams – Rugby 
Ken Gray (1938 – 1992) – Rugby


Waimarama Taumaunu – Netball 
Wynton Rufer – Football 
Stewie Dempster (1903 – 1974) – Cricket


Ewen Chatfield – Cricket 
Arthur Donald Duncan (1876 – 1951) – Golf 
Meda McKenzie – Swimming


Ted Morgan (1906 – 1952) – Boxing 
Ross Collinge – Rowing 
Trevor Manning – Hockey 
Alan McIntyre – Hockey


Ron Jarden (1929 – 1977) – Rugby 
Jack Tynan – Hockey 
Andy Leslie – Rugby


Bill Massey – Softball 
Harry Kent – Cycling


Eric Tindill (1910 – 2010) – Rugby/Cricket 
Billy Wallace (1878 – 1972) – Rugby 
Dick Joyce – Rowing 
Marilyn Marshall – Softball/Football


Barrie Devenport (1935 – 2010) – Distance Swimming 
Rebecca Perrott – Swimming 
John Reid – Cricket


Onny Parun – Tennis