20 times Bundaberg people have been epic on a world stage

IN A world first, a Bundaberg-owned horse has taken out the Melbourne Cup. 

But it's not the first time or last time Bundaberg will find itself on the world stage, whether it's due to horses, athletes or music. 

Here's a list of just some of the people that have put us on the map. 

Rheed McCracken brings home a haul of gold medals from the Australian Open and AWD Championships held in Melbourne last week.
Rheed McCracken brings home a haul of gold medals from the Australian Open and AWD Championships held in Melbourne last week. Max Fleet

Rheed McCracken

Rheed, 18, won both silver and bronze medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

The atletics competitor is a born and bred Bundaberg man.

In 2013, he took silver and bronze medals at the IPC Athletics Championships in France.

Chantel Wolfenden

Chantel Wolfenden is a multiple award-winning Paralymic swimmer whose amazing efforts at the 2004 Athens Olympics earned her an OAM.

Chantel has spent most of her life in Bundaberg, and still lives here with her three children and extended family.

Michelle Steele

Michelle Steele is a former surf lifesaving beach sprinter and Australia's first female Olympic skeleton competitor.

Michelle has retired from her sport, but competed in the 2006 Torino Olmypics and holds a World Cup meet silver medal.

Michelle Pearson

Michelle Pearson is an Olympic bronze medal-winning swimmer who specialised in freestyle in the individual medley.

She made her Olympic debut in the Moscow games in 1980.

She went on to win medals at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and collected bronze in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Michelle became a teacher at Norville State School.

Emma Sheers

Emma Sheers is Australia's most successful tournament water skiier and a four-time world champion.

She has scored more than 90 professional water skiing victories and broken five world jump records.

Tracey Oliver

Tracey Oliver is a multiple medal-winning Paralymic swimmer.

Tracey, who was born in Bundaberg, won bronze in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

She also took silver in the Atlanta Games in 1996.

She lives in Bundaberg with her family.

Don Tallon

Don Tallon was a wicketkeeper in the Australian cricket side, including the famous Invincibles Ashes side in 1948, and was widely regarded as one of the best players of his era and of all time.

Tallon was included in the Australian side for the 1946-47 Ashes series in Australia, aged 30, and he made sure he secured his place with strong performances, including some match-turning catches and a record-breaking knock of 92.

He is the reason for the name of the Tallon Bridge.

Mitchell Langerak

Mitchell Langerak is an A-league international and German soccer goalkeeper who was part of the Socceroo team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He played for Across the Waves in his high school years.

2015 Asian Cup champion.

Langerak has signed with Stuttgart for this season.

David Stuart

Mal Meninga

Mal Meninga is one of the most famous names in Australian rugby league history and it all started in Bundaberg.

Born in Bundy in 1960, he has gone on to enjoy a sporting career that pretty much goes without saying. 

And let's not forget... 

  • Hockey player Troy Elder - won gold at Athens Olympics in 2004 as part of Kookaburras Australian hockey team (and bronze in Sydney in 2000).
  • Cyclist Allan Davis - Won Commonwealth gold in the road race in 2010
  • Footballer Clint Bolton - Goalkeeper of the Year in the inaugural A-League season in 2005, playing for Sydney FC
  • Graham McKenzie and Noel Bullpitt - members of Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club's famous march past team that was inducted into the SLSA Fall of Fame, following its 17 national titles between 1959 and 1989
  • Country singer/songwriter Evelyn Bury - won the female vocalist Golden Guitar for her song, "I'm Stronger Than I Look".
  • Photographer Ray Peek - won the Hasselblad Portrait Prize in 1986
  • Artist Dave Machen - alternative winner of the Archibald Packing Room Prize, for his portrait of head packer Steve Peters.
  • Bundaberg-origin duo DZ Deathrays won an Aria Award in 2012. 
  • Bundaberg DJ Tommy Trash is now signed to Ministry of Sound and lives in the US. 
  • We just have to give a shout-out to our famous aviator, Bert Hinkler.
  • And bonus number 21... GANGgajang penned the song Sounds of Then (This is Australia) which was inspired by Bundaberg. 


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