Sporting history comes to life

November 29, 2017

Teacher Lee Millard with John Forbes and student Charlie Ryan holding Dennis Lilleeā€™s bat.

MOST high school kids can only dream of the chance to get up close with the uniforms and equipment of their sporting heroes, but for some students from Rochester Secondary College this dream became a reality.

The Rochester Sports Museum continues to be a popular attraction for visitors and locals and last week a group of RSC students visited the museum.

John Forbes compiled the collection over the two decades he worked as the promotions manager for Puma.

The students were able to marvel at the countless pieces, and some were especially fixated on past student Sharelle McMahon’s Australian netball uniform.

The captain of the Rochester United Under 16s cricket team, Charlie Ryan, was astounded when John Forbes showed him the infamous aluminium bat that was once wielded by Dennis Lillee in a Test match.

John Forbes was thrilled to speak with the students about the collection.

‘‘This was a great opportunity for the next generation to glimpse some of our nation’s sporting history.’’ he said.

‘‘It is also a great way for students to follow their dreams, pursue their sporting abilities and in years to come have their sporting achievements recognised in the museum.”

Teacher Leigh Millard said the experience of the museum was a brilliant opportunity for the students. “This collection is amazing and is a great resource for our young people,” he said.

The Rochester Sports Museum in the Moore Street shopping precinct next to Kits Kafe is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm, or by appointment. Visitors are most welcome.

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