Sporting stars recognised

​​28 August 2018 

Five outstanding sportspeople – and a horse –  will be publicly recognised later this year with inclusion in Cambridge’s prestigious Walks of Fame.

Rowers Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, BMX star Sarah Walker, squash champion Joelle King and outstanding sportsman Doug Mienie will have bronze plaques added to the footpath in Duke St, Cambridge.  They will join 35 other plaques already there, recognising Cambridge’s internationally lauded sports stars in codes ranging from ploughing to polo. The last inductee was Amigene Metcalfe in 2014, recognised for her achievements in touch and netball.  

At the same time, the late trotter Sovereignty will be recognised with a mosaic on the Cambridge Equine Walk Hall of Fame. Sovereignty will join other horses including broodmare Eight Carat, double Olympic equestrian champion Charisma and sire Sir Tristram. Sovereignty died in 2014.

Mayor Jim Mylchreest said the district was “awash” with outstanding sportspeople who had achieved remarkable things internationally. 

“For a small district, we punch well above our weight in terms of international sporting prowess . If any district has earned the label Home of Champions, it is Waipā,” Mylchreest said.

“It’s fantastic to know you can walk down the street here and find yourself next to Olympic gold medallists and world champions across a huge range of codes.  That’s something really special for this community and particularly fantastic for our young people who are surrounded by role models and can see what can be achieved if you put the work in.”

Mychreest also paid tribute to Waipā’s equine industry and all those who work in it, noting Waipā was globally recognised for producing world-class thoroughbred horses.

A civic function for inductees, friends and family will be held later this year at the same time the plaques and new mosaic are installed.​

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond - Cambridge’s Walk of FamePhoto credit: Rowing New Zealand

Eric Murray

Double Olympic gold medallist and one half of the most successful rowing crew in the history of the sport, having won 69 consecutive wins in international competition including every men’s pair world title since 2009.  

Hamish Bond

Double Olympic gold medallist alongside Eric Murray. ​Winner of seven consecutive world rowing championships.

Sarah Walker - Cambridge’s Walk of FameSarah Walker

London Olympic silver medallist, 2009 World Champion and twice Cruiser Class World Champion. Since 2007 Walker has only once been outside the top 10 at the world championships. A member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.

Joelle King - Cambridge’s Walk of FameJoelle King

Gold and silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Doug Mienie - Cambridge’s Walk of FameDoug Mienie

Has officially represented New Zealand in three sports; judo, bodybuilding, and powerlifting. He placed second in freestyle wrestling in 1980 and also won two gold medals for swimming at the Masters Games in 2009.

Sovereignty the horse - Cambridge’s Walk of FameSovereignty (Champion Standardbred Trotter)

Owned by Charlie Hunter (ONZM) and Annette Hunter and trained by Sean McCaffrey. Wins include the Group 1 Great Northern Trotting Derby, the Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes 3 Year Old Trotters Championship Final and the Harness Jewels 3 Year Old Ruby Trot in Cambridge. Voted 2007/08 Three Year Old Trotter of the Year. Runner-up in the Group 1 Glenferrie Farms Australia/NZ Challenge in Sydney and third in the Group 1 Inter-Dominion Trotters Grand Final in Melbourne. Won 28 times with 34 placings and $780,386 in stakes. Retired from racing in April 2014 (now deceased).

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