Top athletes in Sport Hall of Fame
IT HAS been over nine years since Jenny Morris hung up her hockey stick but she is still receiving awards for her distinguished career.
To celebrate Queensland’s 150th birthday, 150 of the state’s top athletes have been inducted into the inaugural Queensland Sport Hall of Fame at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Maryborough’s dual Olympic gold medallist was one of them.
Morris, who played 150 games for the Hockeyroos before retiring after winning gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is in elite company as well.
The other inductees from the world of sport included Greg Norman, Wally Lewis, Tim Horan, Mal Meninga, Wayne Bennett, Dick Johnson, Susie O’Neill, Grant Hackett, Mick Dittman, Mick Doohan, Vicki Wilson, Ian Healy, Michael Voss and Pat Rafter to name just a few.
But Morris, who was described by former Hockeyroos coach Ric Charlesworth in his book The Coach – Managing for Success, as the “best player in the world in her position, and also the most resilient.” is not the only person from Maryborough to make the star-studded line-up.
Four of the eight hockey players inducted come from the Heritage City.
Goalkeeper Clover Maitland, a team-mate of Morris for so many years, Mark Hager and Don McWatters were also inducted.
So was former Maryborough’s basketball legend, Larry Sengstock.
The 37-year-old Morris, who like Maitland was inducted into the Hockey Queensland Hall of Fame in 2005, said it was a huge honour to be included in this Hall of Fame.
“As a proud Queenslander is doesn’t get any better than being recognised like this,” Morris, speaking from her home in Perth, said yesterday.
“It’s a great feeling I can tell you because it covers all sport, not just hockey.”
Morris scored 86 goals for Australia including the one which sealed the win against Argentina in the Sydney Olympic final but she said that she’s never been tempted to play again since scoring that all-important goal.
“My legs couldn’t cope with it,” she laughed.
“After two knee reconstructions and years of playing you could say they that they are well and truly worn out.
“I reckon I’d be more of a liability for sure, ” Morris, who started her hockey career as an eight-year-old playing for the now defunct West junior club in Maryborough before going on to play for Wallaroos and United Panthers.
With no hockey comeback on the cards, Morris now has a different sporting role to play.
She’s on the board of directors for the Fremantle Dockers AFL club.