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ACT sport minister Yvette Berry working on Canberra Hall of Fame status

New ACT Sport and Recreation minister Yvette Berry will engage Canberra's grass-root organisations to determine the future of the Hall of Fame and sport star of the year awards.

It remains unclear whether the Hall of Fame will continue or cease to exist following the demise of ACT Sport last year after more than 30 years representing community sport.

Capitals coach Carrie Graf and Capital Football boss Heather Reid are certainties for ACT Hall of Fame inclusion, if it ...
Capitals coach Carrie Graf and Capital Football boss Heather Reid are certainties for ACT Hall of Fame inclusion, if it still exists in the future. Photo: Graham Tidy

Berry has asked for a briefing from sport and recreation on the Hall of Fame situation, which was run by the government at the last minute last year.

Departing Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf and superstar player Lauren Jackson are certainties for future inclusion as well as Capital Football chief executive Heather Reid if it still exists.

Long-term Hall of Fame sponsor ActewAGL has indicated it would be willing to continue its support, but is yet to hear from the government.

Berry praised Graf, Reid and Jackson for their contribution to Canberra's sporting ranks as well as setting the standard for female athletes, coaches and administrators.

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"We have had a conversation about [the Hall of Fame], but it's just a starter pack," Berry said.

"We've started the talk about what are the best ways for us to honour our sporting heroes here in the ACT. I'm still getting my head around that brief and talking to people about that.

"We have a pretty golden year every year ... we're an active part of Australia through all the different kind of sports at elite and grass-roots level."

Canberra is in the middle of a generation of elite sports stars, including Nick Kyrgios, Tom Rogic, Patrick Mills, Caroline Buchanan and Anna Flanagan.

However, there is no current award to recognise the capital's top athletes and teams - both professional and amateur.

Berry announced $2.7 million in funding for local sport, spread around 68 organisations to give an injection cash at a grass-roots level.

Equestrian, calisthenics and dragon boating will get $10,000 each while the government has continued its commitment to all major Canberra sporting associations, including athletics, baseball, rugby union, rugby league and tennis.

"I think it's important that it's affordable for people to be involved in sport at the community level, and have a choice in sporting activity," Berry said.

About $2.2 million of the funding will be given to sports while the rest will be used for the asset repair and maintenance scheme.