This award recognises Wellington icons of sport who have made an outstanding contribution as an athlete. You can view plaques honouring these Legends at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, Wellington.
The 2016 inductees are:
Murray Dunn (1935 – 2015)
Murray Dunn’s exceptional Table Tennis skills were evident from an early age. From his early beginnings at Island Bay Tennis Club, Dunn quickly went on to represent the region and country on an international stage.
Dunn was the New Zealand Table Tennis Singles champion from 1960 to 1963. He was named New Zealand Player of the Year in 1961, 1963 and 1965 and inducted into the Table Tennis New Zealand Hall of Fame in 1999. At the 1967 World Championships, Dunn finished in the final 32 of the men’s singles, the best ever performance by a New Zealander.
Dunn’s success has been credited to his quick reflexes and nimble footwork. He also possessed a precise and consistent backhand, and the ability to rally for long periods.
Belinda Cordwell rose to prominence in the mid 1980’s and quickly went on to represent New Zealand, competing in the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea. In 1989, Cordwell won the Women’s Tennis Association Singapore singles and doubles titles and reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, taking her world ranking to an all-time high of 17. Cordwell received the International Tennis Federation service to tennis award in 2005.
Upon her retirement from professional Tennis, Cordwell stayed involved with Tennis working as a commentator for One Sport and Sky Sport. Cordwell is currently supporting her passion for the sport through coaching tennis players of all levels, and hosting tennis clinics at her lifestyle block in Greytown.
Following his test debut in 1977, All Black wing and 1983 captain Stu Wilson was a prolific try scorer and has been described as one of the greatest wingers of all time. Wilson made nine overseas tours, including that with the 1978 Grand Slam team which beat all four Home Unions. Wilson played 85 matches and scored over 50 tries for the All Blacks.
Wilson was celebrated for his skilful and ‘stylish’ try scoring. When combined with his wing partner Bernie Fraser’s brawn, the two quickly gained a reputation as a remarkable try scoring combination. Wilson announced his retirement after captaining the national team in the 1983 tour of Scotland and England, but continued his involvement with rugby as a television and radio commentator.
Bernie Fraser attracted a significant fan base during his five year All Black career. Following his All Black debut in 1979, Fraser became a regular, missing only four of the next 22 international matches. Fraser played 124 games for Wellington and 55 games, including 23 test matches, for New Zealand. He left his mark on Athletic Park with the south east corner dubbed ‘Bernie’s Corner,’ due to the regularity of tries scored in this area.
Acting as one half of the renowned ‘Ebony and Ivory’ duo, alongside wing partner Stu Wilson, Fraser became famed for his lively personality and iconic moustache. He remains a bright, entertaining player who paid exemplary service to Rugby Union in Wellington.