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Our Inductees

Norman Read

Norman Read
For older New Zealanders, the lasting image of the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 is of the smiling face of Norman Read as he strode into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win the 50km walk, one of two gold medals won by New Zealanders in Melbourne.

Daniel Reese

Regarded as the father of cricket in New Zealand, he was the first truly international cricketer to be produced by New Zealand.

John Reid

A batsman, a bowler and sometimes a wicketkeeper, Reid could lay claim with Sir Richard Hadlee to being New Zealand cricket’s greatest allrounder.

Eve Rimmer

Eve Rimmer
Eve Rimmer had been a school long jump recordholder and sprint champion before a car crash at the age of 15 left her a paraplegic.

Rusty Robertson

In word association tests, people could think of a sport and think automatically of a coach, as if the two were one and the same.

Jeff Robson

It seemed that if there was a racket sport, Jeff Robson could be expert at it.

Allison Roe

Allison Roe
Allison Roe was many things to many people during her stunning athletics career, but she was best known in New Zealand and internationally for winning the famed Boston and New York Marathons in the same year, 1981.

Randolph Rose

Randolph Rose
Though he rarely competed internationally and never raced at Olympic or Empire Games, Randolph Rose could lay claim to being New Zealand’s best-known athlete in the 1920s.

Sir Donald Rowlands

Sir Donald Rowlands
Don Rowlands had at least two careers in the sport he graced: one as a top-level competitor and the other as an administrator and organiser without peer.

Wynton Rufer

When the great soccer players of New Zealand are being discussed, one name unanimously is thrust to the fore.

Lesley Rumball

Lesley Rumball
Lesley Rumball, or Lesley Nicol as she was for much of her glittering career, played top-level netball for more than a decade and she was the first to play a hundred games for New Zealand.

Philip Rush

Regarded as too slow to be a competitive pool swimmer, Rush turned to endurance swimming and became one of the best there has been.

Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan was a remarkable marathon runner and among the long list of internationally acclaimed marathoners from New Zealand, he is acknowledged as the most accomplished.

Sporting Spotlight

All Blacks, 1905


The Original All Blacks established the patterns for all to follow, showing that while the birth of rugby may have been in Britain, its real development was in New Zealand.
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