Terry West at the naming of the Terry West Athletics Field on Saturday morning. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Terry West at the naming of the Terry West Athletics Field on Saturday morning. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner JoJo Newby

LETTER: Council should honour thy name

HOW sad and disappointing it is to see the council not honouring Kane Douglas and his wonderful sporting achievements by rejecting the motion to have the sporting field named after him.

I have been privileged to have the Junction Hill field named after myself and cannot understand how councillors voted this way. The policy of not naming fields after living people is the wrong policy.

When I go out to training each week I always feel a great sense of pride in seeing that sign welcome me.

It is so great that my children and their children can share this with me. When relatives or friends come to visit they always ask to be taken out to see the sign. I nearly burst with pride every time.

I am lucky I am alive to share those great moments and not for one second do I believe that if it was named after me after my passing I would be sharing that moment from above.

The buzz and great sense of pride, honour and achievement that I can experience now is something I really can't put words to, but I can assure you it is very special.

Terry West and his supporters and athletes at the naming of the Terry West Athletics Field on Saturday morning. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Terry West and his supporters and athletes at the naming of the Terry West Athletics Field on Saturday morning. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner JoJo Newby

How wonderful and fitting it would be for Kane's father and family to be able to share with him such a well-deserved honour.

The precedent has already been set and hopefully councillors will see sense and change their decision.

At the same time councillors should change the policy so that the council makes the decisions regarding our local sporting achievers and not the backroom staff.

If I deserved that honour then Kane Douglas most certainly deserves the same and I am in awe of his achievements.

Terry West, Lawrence



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