Six sporting legends honoured in Scottish Sports Hall of Fame

Tuesday 16 March 2010

The outstanding achievements of six of Scotland’s sporting heroes were celebrated as sportscotland Chair Louise Martin CBE announced their induction into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame at the City Chambers in Glasgow. Graeme Obree (Cycling), Ian Stark OBE (Equestrianism), Graeme Randall MBE (Judo), Richard Corsie MBE (Lawn Bowls), Steve Hislop (Motorcycle Racing), and K G MacLeod (Cricket & Rugby) are the latest Scots to be recognised for their sporting endeavours.

Launched in 2002, the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame has been developed through a unique partnership between sportscotland and National Museums Scotland to recognise and celebrate Scotland’s rich sporting heritage. By providing a public record of Scotland’s greatest sportsmen and women, the Hall aims to inspire younger generations and promote a culture of Scots recognising and celebrating Scottish success across a range of sports.

Congratulating the 2010 inductees, Louise Martin CBE, Chair, sportscotland and Chair of the Selection Panel, said: “I am delighted that today will see a further six sporting legends inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame. Their achievements are nothing short of outstanding and it is absolutely right that they should be honoured by the nation for their contribution to sport.

“Throughout their careers Graeme, Ian, Graeme, Richard, Steve and KG have all demonstrated the determination and dedication it takes to succeed in their chosen sports. By celebrating their success today, I hope that we can inspire future generations to emulate their heroes and create their own place in Scotland’s sporting history.”

Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison added her congratulations: “I am proud to welcome six fantastic new inductees into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

“The Hall of Fame is all about honouring Scotland’s sporting greats and showcasing their success. These legends motivate us all to get involved with sport too – from having fun playing your favourite sport with friends to inspiring younger generations to become Scotland’s future champions.”

Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director, National Museums Scotland, said: “I am delighted to welcome a host of prestigious new inductees to the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame once again. The Hall is a key part of our Scotland: A Changing Nation Gallery, which celebrates the major themes which have shaped modern Scotland and is hugely popular with visitors from Scotland and abroad.”

Graeme Obree’s achievements are so inspiring that a film has already been made of his life. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was released in 2007 and documented the life of the man who broke records in his own inimitable style.

Graeme developed an interest in cycling at an early age and soon he and his brother were cycling up to 120 miles a day. When Franco Moser set the world hour record in 1982, 18 year old Graeme was determined that one day he would break it. In 1993 he did just that, astonishingly on his second attempt in 24 hours and using his renowned bike ‘Old Faithful’, which is now on display as part of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. Graeme went on to win two individual World Pursuit Championships plus numerous time trial and distance titles. Graeme is probably best known for his innovative and distinctive cycling positions and specially adapted bike which challenged the thinking of the sport’s ruling body.

Despite having no family background in equestrianism, Ian Stark OBE went on to become one of the leading lights in the sport amassing a total of 18 medals including four Olympic silver medals, three European Eventing Championship titles and winning the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials no fewer than three times. He is also renowned for being the only person to take first and second place at Badminton in the same year when in 1988 he was first with Sir Wattie and took second with his other horse, Glenburnie.

Awarded an MBE in 1989 and further honoured with an OBE in 2001, Ian continues to be involved in the sport as a coach, lecturer and a course designer.

Graeme Randall MBE is Scotland’s first and only Judo World Champion. By the time he was 19 years old he was already Junior European Champion and had a Junior World Bronze medal under his black belt. His career went from strength to strength, taking the World title in 1999 and who could forget the moment he won his Commonwealth Gold medal in Manchester in 2002.

In recognition of his outstanding level of competitive performance, Graeme, Scotland’s most successful judoka, was awarded the prestigious honour of the sixth Dan, one of the youngest players to be awarded the grade. Graeme retired from the sport in 2002 but has shared his knowledge and experience with the next generation of judokas as High Performance Judo Coach at the sportscotland institute of sport and as the Men’s World Class Start Coach for British Judo.

Scotland has a rich bowling history and Richard Corsie MBE has certainly contributed to it through an impressive array of titles, both indoor and outdoor. His first major outdoor win came in 1983 when he became the Scottish Junior Singles champion and later that year added the British Isles Junior title. The following year he received his first of many caps for Scotland and two years later, at just 19 years of age he won bronze in the Singles on his Commonwealth Games debut in Edinburgh. He added a further Commonwealth bronze in Singles in 1990 before striking gold in Canada in 1994.

Richard went on to become a triple World Indoor Singles Bowls Champion and was capped continuously for Scotland between 1989 and 1998. Richard was widely acclaimed as the most naturally gifted player Scotland has ever produced and his premature retirement in 2003 to pursue his business interests was a huge loss to the game.

Hawick born Steve ‘Hizzy’ Hislop is still regarded as one of the greatest and most naturally gifted motorcycle riders of all time. Both he and his brother Garry were encouraged into motorcycle racing by their father and Steve made his racing debut in 1979. The fastest man on a motorcycle, Hizzy went on to record a total of 11 TT victories and became the first rider to average over 120mph during a lap of the Mountain Circuit. He also claimed the British 250cc Championship in 1990.

In 1994 Hizzy turned his back on the TT, claiming it was too fast and dangerous for modern superbikes. However he progressed on to win the British Superbike Championship twice in 1995 and 2002. Accepting the award on behalf of Steve Hislop will be his former team mate and rival Niall MacKenzie. The pair provided some of the most thrilling duels on the circuit before Hizzy’s life was tragically cut short in a helicopter crash in July 2003.

K G MacLeod is the stuff of sporting legend. Not content with excelling in one sport, K G displayed astonishing prowess in five sports; rugby, cricket, football, athletics and, later in life, golf. K G received his first cap for Scotland in rugby when he was a pupil at Fettes College. He gave up rugby at the age of 21 and turned to cricket where he captained Lancashire. While living in the Manchester area, K G also played football and progressed to play for Manchester City.

The record books show that he was also Scottish long-jump champion and in later life he took up golf, winning the Amateur Golf Championship of Natal, South Africa, where he then lived. In the modern era we hear of athletes finding success in a couple of sports but K G’s accomplishment in five sports is simply extraordinary. K G passed away at his home in South Africa in 1967, aged 79 years.

Tonight’s ceremony at the City Chambers in Glasgow brings the total number of inductees to 88 (13 women and 75 men) representing 27 sports: 14 footballers, 10 from athletics, 10 from swimming; 7 from golf, 9 from rugby and 6 boxers. Also in attendance will be fellow members of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, athletes, sports organisations and individuals representing the breadth of Scottish sport, gathered to honour the six new inductees who have made the nation proud.

  • In tune with induction criteria applied to sports halls of fame around the world, nominees for induction into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame must be either: a person born in Scotland, a person who, under the rules of the relevant governing body, was eligible to compete for Scotland or a person who has resided in Scotland during the major part of their sporting career. Also they should have normally retired from top-level participation in their sport for a minimum of five years. However, the interpretation of the criteria is at the discretion of the independent selection panel.
  • The independent selection panel comprises leading sports historians, journalists and administrators: Louise Martin CBE, Chair, Richard Brickley MBE, John Burnett, Jon Doig, Doug Gillon, Prof. Grant Jarvie, Norman Mair, Andy Mitchell, Robin Morris, Colin Pearson, Alison Walker, David Webster OBE, Mike Wilson.