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Date Inducted: 10 Oct 2013
Sport: Kick Boxing
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Stan Longinidis - Kick Boxing

If emerging Australian kickboxing needed a true hero to give it profile and stature, then Stan “the Man” Longinidis was the one to do it.  From 1989 when he became US Heavyweight Champion to 1998 when he won the last of his World titles, Stan Longinidis constantly posed himself fresh challenges, winning world titles in three styles and three weight divisions.

Born in Melbourne, June 25, 1965, Stan Longinidis took up kickboxing in 1983 where he progressed quickly, winning the Australian Amateur Super Heavyweight title in 1984.

Kickboxing at that time had a relatively low profile in Australia and it was not until he challenged for the World Light Heavyweight title in 1987 that he began to attract attention. That fight ended in a draw but led to an invitation to move to the USA where he scored 18 successive victories on the way to taking the North American and USA heavyweight titles in 1989. 

In 1990 he became the first Australian to win a world kickboxing title when he took out the KICK Full Contact Super Heavyweight title. He became WWKA Word Junior Heavyweight champion the following year and in 1992 WKA Super Heavyweight Champion. 

He continued to win more titles and in 1996 he united two global strands of kickboxing by becoming the first Westerner to win the WMC World Heavyweight Muay Thai title. The fight took place before 80,000 fans in Bangkok and the title was personally bestowed on Longinidis by the King of Thailand. 

Longinidis was given a lifetime achievement award in France in 2000 for his contribution to the sport. He retired in 2003 with a record of 83 wins, eight losses and four draws from his 95 fights.

A devoted Christian, Stan Longinidis is today a motivational speaker and also campaigns against violence and bullying in Australia.

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.