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Arthur Summons

Wagga Wagga

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Wagga Wagga is Aboriginal for "place of many crows". It is the largest inland city in New South Wales and is considered the capital of the Riverina area. It has fine buildings, tree-lined streets, parks and gardens. The surrounding area is made up of properties growing wheat, dairying and mixed farming.

The city's claim to fame is that is has produced so many world-class sporting greats. An often asked question about Wagga Wagga is "what's in the water?" There are many theories as to why it is such a breeding ground for athletes. Some of the greats who achieved their prowess there have become household names in Australia. Tony Roche, Steve Elkington, Arthur Summons, Peter Sterling, the footballing Mortimer and Daniher brothers, Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Geoff Lawson, Pat Dwyer, Scobie Breasley, Paul Kelly — and the list goes on. Here are a few of the theories — you be the judge.

1. Some believe it simply a communal willingness to "have a go". As an example, three percent of the population run in the annual city-to-lake run, compared to one percent of Sydney's population running in the annual City to Surf run.

2. Others believe it is because there is not much else to do but play and compete in sporting events.

3. The city has six rugby league venues, eight Australian rules fields, 51 tennis courts and loads of other sporting facilities for water sports, basketball, clay target shooting, cricket grounds, hockey grounds, equestrian facilities, netball courts and a horse racing track.

Wagga Wagga City Council established a Sporting Hall of Fame to recognise the achievements of its athletes. It shows why the city is known as the City of Good Sports.

Arthur Summons played both rugby league and rugby union, both very successfully. He owns the Tolland Hotel and if you call in for a cold ale and see him behind the bar, stop and have a chat with one of the country's sporting heroes.


480km south-west of Sydney


Wagga Wagga's Sporting Hall of Fame is open from Tuesday to Sunday and entry is free.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More Information

Sporting Hall of Fame
Baden Powell Drive, Wagga Wagga 2650
Ph: (02) 6926 9655
Fax: (02) 6925 5720

Tolland Hotel
245 Bourke Street, Wagga Wagga 2650
Ph: (02) 6922 6266 Fax: (02) 6926 3162

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