More sporting heroes prepare to enter city’s Hall of Fame
Fiona Elliot, Craig Fallon and Diane Bailey MBE will be inducted into the Wolverhampton Sporting Hall of Fame at a special ceremony this weekend.
Representing the sports of table tennis, judo and golf respectively, the trio join 48 existing Hall of Fame members who have represented Wolverhampton – and their country – with distinction over the years.
Fiona Elliot, a former member of Woodfield Table Tennis Club, represented her country 58 times, winning numerous singles and doubles titles in the process. In 1990 she became the first woman in 20 years to hold the national singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the same time.
Former Wolverhampton Judo Club ace Craig Fallon had the rare distinction of holding both the World and European titles in 60kg events, which he won in 2005 and 2006. Craig also won Gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and represented Great Britain at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games at Athens and Beijing respectively.
Diane Bailey MBE, a member of Oxley Park and Enville Golf Clubs, represented England in Home internationals from 1957–1961 (girls) and in 1961-2 and 1971 (ladies). She also represented Great Britain and Ireland in Curtis Cup fixtures against the USA in 1962 and 1972 and captained the team in 1984, 1986 and 1988.
The trio will be inducted be the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Christine Mills and the Chair of the Wolverhampton City Sports Advisory Council Peter Holmes MBE during a short ceremony at Aldersley Leisure Village on Saturday (September 15, 2012).
Mr Holmes MBE said: “These sporting superstars have dominated a world stage and Wolverhampton has always been a part of their success – what wonderful role models they have become.”
Mayor Councillor Mills added: “As was demonstrated during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Wolverhampton has developed a reputation of producing competitors of national and international standard in a wide variety of sports, many of whom are now righty recognised in our Sporting Hall of Fame.
“I am delighted that to this prestigious list we will soon be adding the names of Fiona Elliot, Craig Fallon and Diane Bailey MBE.”
The Sporting Hall of Fame was launched in 1999 by Wolverhampton City Council and the Wolverhampton City Sports Advisory Council to provide a fitting and lasting tribute to amateur and professional sportsmen and women who have represented Wolverhampton with distinction on a national and international stage.
A leather-bound book contains profiles of dozens of golfers, cyclists, footballers, gymnasts, martial artists, cricketers, athletes, rugby players, boxers, weightlifters, horse riders, bikers, racing drivers, squash players, marksmen and roller hockey players.
Their names are also inscribed on plaques at Aldersley Leisure Village, along with details of 18 Wolverhampton sports clubs which have reached their centenary.