August 25, 2016 Leave a comment
This Press Release came out today:
The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce the induction of Fremantle Dockers’ superstar Matthew Pavlich into the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame.
The induction comes as Pavlich prepares to play his 353rd and final AFL game this weekend in an illustrious career spanning 16 years.
He will join the likes of international basketballer Luc Longley and AFL legend John Worsfold in the hall of fame, which includes 78 people who have made major contributions to sport and/or sports administration in Fremantle.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said inducting Pavlich was a no-brainier considering the contribution he’d made to the football club and to Fremantle over his 16 year career to date.
“Matthew is a wonderful ambassador for the Fremantle Football Club and the AFL and has been an inspiration to the Fremantle community for many years; so the decision to induct him was a very easy one to make,” mayor Pettitt said.
“While undeniably the Dockers’ greatest ever player for the skill and leadership he’s shown on the field, this induction is as much about his off-field contribution where he’s used his high profile to make a positive contribution to society, including to the local community here.
“He’s as much a part of the furniture in Freo as anyone else before him and on behalf of the Fremantle community I thank and congratulate him on and outstanding AFL career and welcome him into the sporting hall of fame.”
As is the tradition and to complete the induction, a ceremonial paving block will be carved and added to the Sporting Walk of Fame in Fremantle’s Kings Square Fremantle next month. A plaque will also be mounted in the City’s Town Hall Administration Centre’s hall of fame board.
Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame
To be eligible for the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame a person must have achieved state, national or international representation and fulfilled the following criteria:
- Outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level.
- Outstanding contribution to Fremantle sport administration, coaching or in a voluntary capacity.
- Involved in a Fremantle sporting club for a period of five years or longer.
- *The athlete must have retired from the highest level of competition for 5 years (waived).
*Given Matthew Pavlich’s outstanding and unquestionable contribution to Fremantle, the City has waived the usual five year waiting period for this induction
View the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame