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New members of Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame

New members of Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame

The Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame has four new members, all are Olympians with long sporting careers.

Matthew Goss

World champion cyclist Matthew Goss enjoyed 17 major wins during an international career from 2005 to 2016.

Matthew first enjoyed success as a junior in 2004 by winning Gold at the Junior Track World Championships in the Team Pursuit, and Gold in the Junior Track World – Madison, in the United States of America. In 2004, Matthew also won Gold in the Commonwealth Youth Games, Australia, Track Points Race.

In 2005, Matthew won Gold in the Track World Cup Team Pursuit in Moscow, and bronze in the Track World Championships, in the Team Pursuit, in the United States.

In 2006, Matthew became World Champion by winning Gold in the Track World Cup Team Pursuit in Denmark. That year, Matthew also won silver at the Commonwealth Games.

In 2007, Matthew signed with Team CSC becoming the youngest rider to race in the World Tour at the age of 20.

A talented sprinter, Matthew won a stage of the Tour of Britain in his first year as a professional. He also showed strength in the classics during the 2008 and 2009 seasons with podium finishes in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Gent-Wevelgem and winning Paris-Brussels. He went to win stages of the Giro d'Italia, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour Down Under and also won the GP Plouay.

A highlight of Matthew’s cycling career was in 2011 when he won the Milano-Sanremo 298-kilometre one day race. In 2011, Matthew also won silver in the Road World Championships Road Race, in Denmark.

During Matthew’s career he also had stage wins in the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espana, Paris-Nice, Tour Down Under, Tour of California and Philadelphia International.

Matthew represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympics in the road race.

Tim Deavin

n 1993, at the age of nine, Tim Deavin followed the family tradition of playing hockey with Tamar Churinga. His career almost ended prematurely in 1999 when he suffered a depressed skull fracture.

From the St Leonards Hockey Centre main stand named after his grandfather, Tim was to enjoy a successful seven-year international career and 138 caps.

Tim debuted with the Kookaburras in May 2010, including a period as Captain.

Success with the Kookaburras included winning the Champions Trophy Gold (2010, 2011 and 2016) and Bronze 2014, winning World Cup Gold 2014, World League Gold in 2014, World League Gold at the two tournaments in 2015, and Silver in 2013; and the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Gold (2011 and 2013) and Bronze in 2012.

Tim represented Australia at two Olympic Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016) winning bronze with the Kookaburras in London in 2012.

Tim was President and instrumental in setting up the Hockey Players Association for the Australian team.

Sid Taberlay

Mountain biking was a new sport when Sid Taberlay hit the tracks.

Sid was first drawn to mountain biking as a “kid mucking around with friends” in Tasmania.

While Mountain Biking maintained its fun side, the sport offered a complete package of intensity, challenges, technical aspects and marathons resulting in Sid becoming a professional rider competing around the globe.

In the early stages of Sid’s career he finished third in the Under 23 Australian National Championships and was selected for his first National Team in 2000 for the Under 23 World Championships in Spain.

Multiple top 10 placings in the 2004 World Cup qualified Sid for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Success at the Olympics proved elusive; however, Sid became one of Australia’s leading Mountain Bikers. Sid was a five-time National Champion and World Championship Medallist, Oceania medallist and won numerous pro Mountain Bike races in the United States and Europe, including stages wins in 2004 Mountain Bike Tour de France as an individual and as overall winner in the teams’ classification in 2007.

In 2008, Sid won the Santa Ynez NORBA Cross Country, in USA.

Mountain bikers are tough and Sid is one of few Australians who can claim to have tangled with a bear. In 2005, during a training accident at the Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho NORBA cross country race, Sid collided with a bear. Sid had never seen a bear before. In Tasmania snakes are the only thing to worry about.

Kerry Hore

Kerry Hore became the first Australian female rower to compete at four Olympic Games when she was selected for the Australian team to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016 at the age of 35.

Kerry’s first Olympic Games were in Athens in 2004 where she was a crew member in the women’s quad scull that won the bronze medal. Kerry also represented Australia at the Beijing and London Olympics.

Kerry started rowing in 1997 while in Year 10 at Ogilvie High School. Kerry enrolled at The Friend’s School and then started rowing for the New Norfolk Rowing Club where the lightweight four were training in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Seeing two Tasmanians training for the Olympics was an inspiration.

Kerry consistently represented Tasmania at the interstate Regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships. From 2003 to 2015, she raced for Tasmania on four occasions in Queen Elizabeth Cup VIIIs and on eight occasions she sculled for the Nell Slatter Cup. Kerry rowed in both boats at the 2007 and 2008 championships.

In 2003, Kerry was on the World Cup podium for the first time by winning gold as a member of the women’s quad scull in Lucerne. The crew went on to win the 2003 World Championships in Italy. Kerry twice placed in the World Championships winning silver in 2010 and 2011.

During Kerry’s rowing career she trained with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport and continued to row at Huon.

Kerry graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Pharmacy and works as a pharmacist.

Kerry has mentored many athletes through various stages of their rowing career.

The pride Kerry Hore shows when representing her club, State and country is second to none and she has been a wonderful role model.