A formal ceremony will take place later in 2021 where influential members of the Stawell Gift event Darren Arthur, Steve Hore, Peter O'Dwyer, Paul Singleton and Bill Sutton will be inducted into the Stawell Gift Hall of Fame.
The five men will join 70 other athletes in the Hall of Fame who have also made their mark at Central Park.
Peter O'Dwyer has been involved with the Stawell Gift for many years including qualifying for the Gift semi-finals 14 times and making the finals twice.
He has also helped create success as a coach winning the Stawell Gift with Matthew Wiltshire in 2012 and the all winning the Strickland Family Women's Gift with Holly Dobbyn in 2014, his daughter, Grace in 2015 and Talia Martin in 2016.
Darren Arthur is also joining the Hall of Fame after becoming a winner in Stawell in a series of different events.
He won the Jack Donaldson 200 metres in 2000, the Hank Neil Sportsman's Handicap in 2005, the Central Park 400 metres in 2007 and the Veteran's 300 metres in 2009.
Distance runner Steve Hore will join the Hall of Fame after several wins in the 1990's including the Dalgety Insurance 3200 metres in 1992 and the Herb Hedemann Invitation 1600 metres in 1996.
In 1997 he also ran second in the Hedemann and took out the 3200 metres Gatorade Grampians Handicap.
Paul Singleton will be inducted into the Hall of Fame after the two-times Australian beach sprint champion added his name to the winner's list in Stawell winning both the Gift and the Arthur Postle 70 metres in 1984.
Finally, athletics great Bill Sutton will also be inducted into the Stawell Gift Hall of Fame.
He first ran in Stawell as an 18 year old in 1961 and in 1962 he ran third
In 1963 Sutton claimed the Backmarker's Invitation from 0.75 yards and also the 220 yards from his mark of 5 yards.
At the NSW Centenary celebrations he was voted the Professional Athlete of the Sixties and also served his sport as the Head Steward for five years and as a Victorian Athletic League Starter for more than two decades.
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