Stan ‘The Man’ Immortalised in Sports Hall of Fame
Former undisputed Australian kickboxing heavyweight champion, Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis, will join the sporting elite when he is inducted into the prestigious Sport Australia Hall of Fame next month.
Longinidis will receive the highest national sporting honour that can be bestowed when he is officially inducted at The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner, proudly presented by Etihad Airways, on Thursday, 10 October at Crown Melbourne.
The 48-year-old is the first of seven Inductees for 2013.
Better recognised as ‘Stan the Man’, Longinidis had an illustrious career spanning over almost 22 years. He continually posed himself fresh challenges, becoming Australia’s first ever world champ and winning world titles in three styles and three weight divisions.
Longinidis is an unprecedented eight-time world champion, his first title came in 1990 and his last in 1998. He was crowned by the King of Thailand personally when he became the first Westerner to win the world heavyweight muay thai title in 1996 and was also given a lifetime achievement award in France in 2000 for his contribution to the sport of kickboxing.
“A lot of my memories have been the sacrifices, the perseverance, the patience, pain, the price to achieve your dreams and always preparing yourself for that moment of greatness.”
Longinidis’ career ended with a record of 88 wins, five draws, eight losses, 65 by way of knockout.
Recognising his role in the development of the sport of kickboxing in Australia, Longinidis said he was proud to have paved the way for great future champions.
Robert de Castella MBE, Chairman of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame selection committee said Inductees needed that special something to be recognised as the pinnacle of Australian sporting excellence.
“To be selected into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame it’s not just a matter of being a champion athlete or sportsperson, you actually have to have a little bit of extra intangible quality that really elevates you into that level of greatness which the Hall of Fame acknowledges and represents.”
De Castella recognised Longinidis’ award as “a really interesting one because it’s a sport that is on the periphery and is often overshadowed by something like the Olympic sports of boxing or taekwondo or judo.”
“Kickboxing has now really evolved into the mixed martial arts, the MMA and UFC, which is some of the biggest and most popular sports and has certainly taken away from the heavy weight boxing with major popularity.”
Established in 1985, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame aims to preserve and celebrate the history of Australian Sport and excite the next generation of Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and in life.
With a vision and values built around the words of the first Inductee and Legend, Sir Donald Bradman AC, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is determined to carry to all Australians everywhere the symbol of excellence, as represented by its 518 Members across all sports and genders.
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