ACT Sport inaugural general manager Harry Marr organised for Australian football legend Ron Barassi to talk to an ACT team that included Alex Jesaulenko before their historic win over the VFL in 1980.
It was just one of a number of achievements the renowned sports administrator has on his resume and why ACT Sport's new award has been named after him.
The Harry Marr Award will be given to the best "home grown talent" competing on the national or international stage. Brad Haddin, Patrick Mills, Ryan Carters and Jason Behrendorff are the first nominees.
But ACT Sport's top award will still be the Sportstar of the Year for athletes still based in Canberra.
"The Harry Marr Award is the award that replaces the AIS Award," ACT Sport president Jim Roberts said.
"The AIS always had an award, but with the restructure it probably is not relevant any more, but we've always had this difficulty where players like Wally Masur, Brad Haddin, Mark Webber and people like this that have had to leave Canberra to further their sporting careers and have become world greats ... so these people tend to slip through the net because there wasn't a category for them.
"What we decided to do was make an award for that category and it couldn't be more fitting than to name it after Harry Marr, who was an absolute driving force behind the ACT Sportstar of the Year and Hall of Fame."
Marr, who now lives in Tuncurry, said he was stunned when Roberts told him of the honour.
He was given the old Hackett school to set up what was then called ACT Sports House, which became the administrative home for many ACT and Australian sporting bodies.
Marr also instigated the ACT Hall of Fame and the ACT Sport awards.
He approached then prime minister Bob Hawke, who helped furnish the building with public service furniture.
"When Jim rang me I was just stunned, more so stunned that jumping out of my skin," Marr said.
"I said, 'What for Jim?' and he said, 'You've been recognised' – he probably built it up a bit big."
HARRY MARR AWARD NOMINEES
January – Brad Haddin (cricket)
February – Patrick Mills (basketball)
March – Ryan Carters and Jason Behrendorff (cricket)
OTHER AWARDS FOR MARCH
Male: Jesse Taws – Softball
Female: Rebecca Henderson- Mountain Biking
Junior: Caraz Grzeskowiak – Rowing
Special Achievement: Mikayla Rose - BMX
Team: ACT 89ers Men’s Softball Team
Coach: Laing Harrow – Softball
Male: Matthew Wickham – Softball
Female: Melissa Breen - athletics
Junior: Josh McGovern- Softball
Special achievement: Felicia Thomas – BMX
Team: Canberra Meteors – Cricket - and Canberra Cavalry- Baseball
Coach: Matt Beckenham – Athletics
Community: Queanbeyan Cricket Club – Cricket
Male: Nathan Haas – Cycling
Female: Gracie Elvin – Cycling
Junior: Jackson Frew – Mountain Biking
Special Achievement: Mikayla Rose – BMX
Team: ACT Men’s Futsal Team
Coach: Kristian Collins - Football
Masters: Ros Balodis – Tennis
Community: Ethan Bartlett - Cricket