Dorrie Byrne and Laura Geitz at the Allora Regional Sports Museum on Saturday.
Dorrie Byrne and Laura Geitz at the Allora Regional Sports Museum on Saturday. Shannon Newley

Pride of Allora reunited again

IT WASN'T the first time Australian champion netballer Laura Geitz honoured Allora legend Dorrie Byrne when the pair were guests at the Allora Regional Sports Museum at the weekend.

Mrs Byrne was at the museum's new digs at the council building on Herbert St to officially hand over the uniform she wore in the Olympic torch relay when the iconic firelighter travelled through Allora in 2000.

Miss Geitz - who also ran in a leg of the relay as a 12-year-old - was on hand to honour the Allora stalwart's contribution to the community and described how, as a young school student, she did an assignment on the life of Mrs Byrnes.

"It's special to be here with Dorrie today," Miss Geitz said.

Ninety-seven-year-old Mrs Byrne was equally as chuffed to see Miss Geitz.

"I have followed Laura and her career right through and I am very proud," Mrs Byrnes said.

A shiny new cabinet was unveiled housing Mrs Byrne's uniform and a to-scale replica of the Olympic torch, made locally.

Sports museum committee president Perry Cronin said the unveiling of the latest donation in the museum's new home was the culmination of years of hard work.

"We had the first induction back in 1996," he said.

He said the museum started in the back of an Allora boutique but quickly outgrew the space.

"We just haven't had the space so it's all been packed up for a couple of years," he said.

"But the council gave us a lease for the next few years."

Mr Cronin said the museum was still accepting foundation members.

Local sporting icons Max Phelan and John Cowley were at the museum to check out their tributes along with those of other legends like Shane Webke and Cameron Hamblin.


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