Medway Sport Hall of Fame
Medway Council recognises and honours the achievements of sporting individuals, who through their endeavours put Medway on the map, by inducting them to the Hall of Fame at the celebratory bi-annual Medway Sports Awards.
The criteria for people being considered are:
- those from Medway or with a Medway connection whose achievements have put Medway on the map or who have made a significant impact in their sport
- their sporting careers or the part of their career for which they are renowned has finished (for example, end of an international career)
- their career will be assessed on both success achieved and longevity
- success will be judged on achievements at senior level on the international stage during their career.
If you would like to put forward an individual for consideration for this award, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions will be made as part of the judging process prior to each Sports Awards.
Hall of Fame inductees
The Medway Sport Hall of Fame begun in 2014. The current inductees received their honours at previous Sports Awards, as well as being placed in a permanent visual Hall of Fame at Medway Park, our centre of sporting excellence.
- Paul Nihill - athletics.
More about the people
Andy Hessenthaler joined Gillingham Football Club in 1996. He spent the next 10 years at the club as player and later player coach then manager. In his time he managed the club to its highest ever finish in the English Football League system and is widely regarded as a legend of the Kent club.
Brian had an illustrious football commentary career. He was also a lifelong supporter of Gillingham F.C., and a director at the club for 7 years. A stand at the club's Priestfield Stadium has been named after him.
Liz McVeigh is an Olympian, who rowed in the women's eight's at the World Championships in 1979 and finished fifth at the Olympic Games in 1980.
Paul competed in the 50km event at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics, and won a silver medal in 1964.
In 1968 he suffered from the high altitude conditions of Mexico and collapsed at the 44th kilometre, which was his only defeat in 86 races between 1967 and 1970. After that he focused on the 20km distance, and won a European title in this event in 1969, followed by a bronze medal in 1971.
In July 1972 he set a world record in the 20km, but finished only sixth at the 1972 Olympics. He also competed in the 20km walk in the 1976 Olympics, before retiring the following year.
Charlotte Evans MBE is a British skier, sighted guide and Paralympian. She is from Chatham in Kent, and attended Rochester Grammar School and then MidKent College. She started skiing as a child at the Chatham Ski Centre, a dry ski slope, moving on to snow at the age of 14. At the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, as a guide for visually impaired skier Kelly Gallagher, she won gold in the women's Super-G.
Ian John-Lewis – the first black British boxing referee to officiate a heavyweight world title fight. Ian started his career in boxing as an amateur and continued to have success as a professional boxer. After retiring from boxing, Ian became the youngest A Star referee at 37 for the British Boxing Board of Control and the WBC for refereeing some of the worlds best fights. This includes refereeing the oldest World Champion in history, Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins in Montreal.