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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Lockyer overwhelmed by Hall of Fame honour


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Rugby league legend Darren Lockyer has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, becoming the 23rd rugby league player to receive the honour.

Lockyer was inducted at a gala dinner in Melbourne on Thursday night, with the Broncos, Queensland and Australia champion entering the exclusive club alongside seven other icons of Australian sport, with Gai Waterhouse and Harry Kewell among them.

Lockyer was greeted on the stage by another Queensland rugby league legend and his fellow Nine commentator Wally Lewis, with the new inductee overwhelmed by the honour.

"I think it's a dream for every kid, whether it's actually going to happen, that's the unknown," Lockyer said of embarking on a career as a professional in his chosen sport.

"But you always continue to dream. I came to the Broncos as a 17 year old, just turning 18, and I got lucky, I got fortunate.

"I was in a good system, I got an opportunity early and I was mentored by Wayne Bennett for 14 years.

"My mum and dad brought me up really well with respect, work ethic and I got lucky having someone like Wayne Bennett at the Broncos for 14 years."

Previous rugby league inductees include Dally Messenger, Clive Churchill, Norm Provan, Ron Coote, Lewis and Mal Meninga.

Rugby league legend Darren Lockyer has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, becoming the 23rd rugby league player to receive the honour.

Lockyer was inducted at a gala dinner in Melbourne on Thursday night, with the Broncos, Queensland and Australia champion entering the exclusive club alongside seven other icons of Australian sport, with Gai Waterhouse and Harry Kewell among them.

Lockyer was greeted on the stage by another Queensland rugby league legend and his fellow Nine commentator Wally Lewis, with the new inductee overwhelmed by the honour.

"I think it's a dream for every kid, whether it's actually going to happen, that's the unknown," Lockyer said of embarking on a career as a professional in his chosen sport.

"But you always continue to dream. I came to the Broncos as a 17 year old, just turning 18, and I got lucky, I got fortunate.

"I was in a good system, I got an opportunity early and I was mentored by Wayne Bennett for 14 years.

"My mum and dad brought me up really well with respect, work ethic and I got lucky having someone like Wayne Bennett at the Broncos for 14 years."

Previous rugby league inductees include Dally Messenger, Clive Churchill, Norm Provan, Ron Coote, Lewis and Mal Meninga.

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