29 November 2013
Two former world champions were inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame at the University of the Sunshine Coast last night (Thursday 28 November).
Yandina motorcyclist Chris Vermeulen and Cooroy swimmer Clinton Stanley are now featured alongside the region’s most illustrious sporting talent in the Hall of Fame, housed at USC’s Indoor Sports Stadium.
More than 100 people attended the induction ceremony, at which the athletes were honoured with short presentations about their outstanding achievements.
Vermeulen’s international motorcycling career racing spanned 13 years, from 2000-2012, and included successes in three world championship series. He made an immediate impact in the Supersport World Championship from 2000-2003 and captured the world title in his final season.
Vermeulen also won 10 races in the Superbike World Championship, which he contested during 2004-2005 and in 2010.
He competed in 73 races in the prestigious MotoGP World Championship, from 2005-2009 and in 2012, snaring seven podium finishes, including a famous win in the wet in 2007 at Le Mans where he outfoxed Italian legend Valentino Rossi and compatriot Casey Stoner.
Stanley has broken 79 world records for Down Syndrome swimming, and has been a world champion across a range of events including his favourite race, the 1500m freestyle.
After first representing Australia in 2001, he has won 13 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze international swimming medals.
Stanley was a 2013 Australian of the Year Queensland Award finalist and has received an Outstanding Lifesaving Award.
The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at USC also featured the presentation of two Certificate of Merit awards to well-known Sunshine Coast identities.
Beryl Page was recognised for her contribution to basketball and Lenore Grice was honoured for her coaching and development of surf lifesaving.
— Terry Walsh