Sport

Name
Photo
Biography

Don Adams

 

Don Adams

Don ‘Bandy’ Adams was born in Maitland and was a successful international rugby league player of the 1950’s and one of Maitland Pickers top 20 players of all time, playing 191 games for the club. Don played three games for NSW Country First in 1955, 1956 and 1958 scoring two tries. He also played seven games for NSW Firsts in 1955 and 1956, scoring nine tries, and five games for Australia in 1958 scoring five tries.

Barrie Baker

1938 -

Barrie Baker

Barrie Baker has lived in Maitland for many years and is an accomplished golf champion. He was the 1964 NSW Amateur Golf Champion and the Australian Amateur Golf Champion. Also in 1964, he represented Australia at the Trans-Tasman Cup and World Amateur Golf Team Championships. In 1997 he was the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Golf Champion. Locally, Barrie Baker was the Maitland Golf Club A Grade Golf Champion from 1954 to 1960 and the Hunter River District A Grade Golf Champion in 1957 and 1959.

John Graves

1926-1983

John Graves

John ‘Whacka’ Graves was an international rugby league player who represented Australia in seven test matches between 1948 and 1951. In 1948 he played two tests and 20 tour games and was the side’s top scorer with 16 tries and 35 goals. John played for South Sydney from 1947 to 1952 and was the league’s top try scorer in 1951 with 28 tries in 17 games. In 2015, John was named one of Maitland Pickers 20 top players of all time.

Harold Hinman

1920-2001

Harold Hinman

Harold ‘Mick’ Hinman lived in Maitland for his whole life and was a local cricket legend. Mr Hinman was a member of the Maitland District Cricket Club first grade team who won the Newcastle competition in 1943/44, played as part of the NSW Second XI that played at the MCG in 1939 and also played for Northern NSW sides against visiting international teams such as England and West Indies. In 2003, the grandstand and facilities at Robins Oval were dedicated in his honour.

Henry Meskauskas

1947-

Henry Meskauskas

Henry Meskauskas is a national swimming champion who has lived in Maitland for many years. He was the NSW state freestyle and butterfly champion from 1960 to 1963 and the Australian butterfly champion in 1963. He was also a member of the Australian Swimming squad which took on New Zealand and Japan in 1963. Henry has continued to play a pivotal role in swimming, founding the East Maitland Swimming Club as well as coaching. Henry also was a talented cricketer and rugby league player.

Jim Morgan

1943 - 2005

Jim Morgan

Jim Morgan lived in Maitland for a number of years and was a successful rugby league player and one of Maitland Pickers top 20 players of all time. Jim played 103 games for the Maitland Pickers before going on to play as a prop forward for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Eastern Suburbs Roosters. His representative career included eight games for NSW Firsts, three games for NSW Country Firsts and four games for Australia in international tests. This included scoring two tries during his international test debut in 1970.

Terry Pannowitz

 

Fonce Mexon

Terry Pannowitz has lived in Maitland for many years and is a rugby league legend. He played a club record 270 games for Maitland Pickers and was a multiple premiership winning ¬captain and coach playing for Newcastle, Country NSW and Australia, including touring New Zealand with the Australian team in 1965. Terry is one of Maitland Pickers top 20 players of all time, has received the Maitland Sportsperson of the Year Award and in 2009 was inducted into the Hunter Sporting Hall of Fame.

Noel Pidding

- 2013

Noel Pidding

Noel Pidding was born and lived in Maitland for many years. He was a successful rugby league player who began his career in Maitland in 1944 and then played for the St George Dragons, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, NSW and Australia. Noel was an exceptional goal kicker and made 35 appearances for Australia, scoring 31 tries and kicking 159 goals between 1948 and 1954. He is a member of the Hunter Sporting Hall of Fame and was named one of Maitland Pickers top 20 players of all time.

David Trewhella

1962 -

David Trewhella was born and educated in Maitland and has had a triumphant career in rugby league. David began playing with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1986, going on to play 81 games for the club until 1991. Trewhella played two games for NSW Country and two games for NSW in the State of Origin in 1988 and 1989. In 1989 he was a member of the international team which toured New Zealand. In 2015, he was named one of Maitland Pickers top 20 players of all time.

David William Power

1928-2014

Born and educated in Maitland, David Power was a successful distance runner. He represented Australia in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games where he won a Bronze medal. In 1958 he won two gold medals at the Commonwealth games and then two silver medals at the 1962 Commonwealth games. In addition he won six gold and two silver medals at the national championships. In 1999, David was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame and the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame in 2010.

Garry Barton

1944 -

Garry Barton

Garry Barton, who has spent his whole life in Maitland, was one of the world’s most elite barefoot water skiers when he competed. He was Australian Open Men’s Champion four times and went on to coach the Australian Barefoot Water Ski Team in the 1980s. Garry also designed skiing equipment, including a brand new style of wetsuit. Garry was a great cyclist too, and has a NSW Country Cycle Championship to his name. Garry was also named Maitland Mercury Sportsman of the decade for 1970 to 1979.

Dennis Blunden

1936 - 2009

Dennis Blunden

Originally from Queensland, Dennis Blunden lived in Maitland for 39 years. He became one of Australia’s premier cyclists and won club, state and Australian titles. He improved with age, won world titles as a veteran and was named NSW Veteran Cyclist of the Year. Dennis was a level one coach and was president of Newcastle Velodrome Trust for 10 years. He was Maitland Senior Sportsman of the Year in 2006 and Newcastle Senior Sportsman of the Year in 2007.

James Leslie Darcy (Les Darcy)

1895 - 1917

James Les Darcy

Born in Woodville, boxing champion Les Darcy lived in Maitland for 21 years. He was the Australian World Middleweight champion and also claimed the Australian Heavyweight title in 1916. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998. Five years later he was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame. He is remembered as one of the most gifted Australians ever to enter the ring.

Kelly Driffield

1980 -

Kelly Driffield

Kelly Driffield is one of the best open water swimmers Australia has produced. She has won countless open water events and was world number three in 1998. She won silver at the Oceania Games in 1997 and broke world records that same year. She represented Australia at the 1998 FINA World Cup Series, became the Australian Open champion and claimed the Ocean Marathon at Atlantic City, USA. She has also coached Masters and Disabled Squads at the University of Newcastle.

William Johnson

1956 -

William Johnson

Martial Arts expert William Johnson has been based in Maitland for the last 23 years. He owns and runs the popular Kombat Academy and he presents at national and international martial arts conventions. He has his sixth Dan Black Belt by two different Martial Arts Associations. He was inducted into the Philippine Martial Arts Hall of fame in 2015 and the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016.

Tom Maguire

1893 - 1969

Tom Maguire

Tom Maguire established himself as one of Australia’s most successful boxing trainers. He helped Fonce Mexon, Billy Yates and many other Australians to achieve 17 Australian Championships. He worked out of a gym in Hamilton and was also well regarded for his brilliant mind and keen business acumen.

Fonce Mexon

1899 - 1950

Fonce Mexon

Boxer Fonce Mexon was born in Millers Forrest and spent most of his life in the Hunter Region. In 1923, Fonce became the Australian Heavyweight Champion. He was extremely light on his feet and was known for his hard work in the gym and intense thirst for victory. Fonce was also renowned for his exceptional skills on the dancefloor.

Gai Taylor

1963 -

Gai Taylor

Gai Taylor, who was born and lives in Maitland, is an exceptionally talented sportswoman. She played touch football when she was younger and was in the NSW Touch Football Team in 1985 and the national team in 1986. She represented her state and country for 15 years and went to three worlds cups (one as captain). In 1991 Gai founded a local junior touch competition and she has coached many teams. Gai has also won BMX State and National racing titles over the last eight years.

Ken Tubman

1915 - 1993

Ken Tubman spent his whole life in Maitland and will be remembered as a great man and one of the country’s most successful rally drivers. He drove rally cars for over 40 years and won the first Australian Redex Trial in 1953. 17 years later he won the second Special World Cup Rally. In 1978 he helped organise another World Cup Rally. Locally, Ken operated Tubman’s Pharmacy on High Street, Maitland.