Greg Smith Hall of Champions

Athletes in the Defence Forces

Forty athletes on the Hall of Champions Roll of Honour have served their country in the Defence Forces from WWI to the present. 

Some have seen active service, been wounded or captured. Others have served on home soil, training troops and supporting the war effort. All have excelled in their chosen sport.

We honour and remember their courage, resilience, sacrifice and sporting prowess.

Photos Attribution: Trooper Greg Smith OAM, passing out parade 1RTB Kapooka 1986 (left) & London 2012 Paralympic Games (right)
ARMY

Reginald ‘Snowy’ Baker 1884-1953
Boxing

Greg Smith OAM b.1967
Wheelchair Athletics & Rugby
 

WWI 1914 – 1918

Cecil Healy 1882-1918
Swimming
 
Charlie Macartney 1886-1958
Cricket
 
Harold Hardwick 1888-1959
Swimming & Boxing
 
James ‘Judy’ Masters 1892-1955
Football
 
Anthony ‘Nick’ Winter 1894-1955
Athletics
 

WWII 1939 - 1945

Harold Hardwick 1888-1959
Swimming & Boxing
 
Arthur Cooper (Johnny) Wallace 1900-1975
Rugby Union
 
Sir William Northam CBE 1905-1988
Yachting
 
Jack Fingleton 1908-1981
Cricket
 
Sir Donald Bradman AC 1908-2001
Cricket
 
Stan McCabe 1910-1968
Cricket
 
Horace Lindrum 1912-1974
Snooker & Billiards
 
Ray Stehr 1913-1983
Rugby League
 
Adrian Quist 1913-1991
Tennis
 
Norman von Nida 1914-2007
Golf
 
Sid Barnes 1916-1973
Cricket
 
Ossie Pickworth 1918-1969
Golf
 
John Bromwich 1918-1999
Tennis
 
Thelma Coyne Long 1918-2015
Tennis
 
Roger Cornforth 1919-1976
Rugby Union & Water Polo
 
Vic Patrick OAM 1920-2006 
Boxing
 
Kel Nagle OAM 1920-2015
Golf
 
Ray Lindwall MBE 1921-1996
Cricket
 
Neville Sellwood 1922-1962
Horse Racing
 

VIETNAM WAR 1962 - 1975

Bobby Fulton AM b. 1947
Rugby League
 

AIR FORCE

WWII 1939 - 1945

Lionel Van Praag 1908-1987
Speedway Racing

Herb Narvo 1912-1958
Rugby League & Boxing

Bill Brown 1912-2008
Cricket

Keith Miller MBE 1919-2004
Cricket

Tom Kirk 1914-2001
Woodchopping

Mervyn Wood LVO MBE QPM 1917-2006
Rowing

Bob Newbiggin 1921-1989
Surf Lifesaving

Harry Berwick MBE b. 1923
Golf

Ken Kearney 1924-2006
Rugby Union & Rugby League

NAVY

Joseph ‘Joey’ James Donovan 1949-2001
Boxing

WWII 1939 - 1945

Brian Bevan 1924-1991
Rugby League

Des Renford MBE 1927-1999
Swimming