Ron Clarke and Harry Gordon officially Gold Coast ‘Sporting Legends’

ONE set Commonwealth records, was a successful businessman and Mayor of the Gold Coast. The other a young boxing champion, well respected Olympic historian and war correspondent.

On Saturday both Ron Clarke AO MBE and Harry Gordon CMG AM became the fourth and fifth people to be honoured on the Wall of Sporting Legends.

Despite not knowing each other until later in life, they lived similar lives.


Both were born and raised in Melbourne, had careers centred around sport, moved to the Gold Coast in their later years – becoming icons of the community. Both passed away this year – Mr Gordon in January and Mr Clarke in June.

And now their names are etched in the city’s history.

They join former Kangaroo and Gold Coast Turf Club Chairman Peter Gallagher, Invincible cricketer Sam Loxton and three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham as the only people to have received the honour from the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame.

“We have honoured our other three while they were still with us. It was quite a shock to lose Ron and Harry together (this year) that we felt we couldn’t let 2015 go without putting them up on our wall,” Hall of Fame President Daphne Pirie told myGC.

“Ron’s feats on the track were just amazing and he was a wonderful man – both sportsman and gentleman,” she added.

“He was ahead of his time. He could foresee what sport needed here on the Gold Coast and leaves an incredible legacy.”

“I have (also) admired Harry all my sporting life. Harry’s amazing knowledge across all sports was second to none.

“He could tell you anything about any athlete, no matter how long ago. And he always knew about the emerging champions coming forward.”

Family and friends of both men were there to celebrate the occasion.

“It was a lovely intimate affair. (The families) wanted it that way and we were just happy to do what they wished.”