Local retired Detective Senior Constable Ross Forster was inducted to a very short hall of fame list at last week’s Victoria Police Sports Awards for his excellence in cycling.
Ross is the 29th name to be featured on the hall of fame list after being nominated almost 20 years ago, just after his retirement from the force.
He said he wasn’t aware of the nomination until a letter arrived in the mail just a few weeks ago and is “absolutely” honoured to have been recognised for his past sporting achievements.
“I’m absolutely honoured, the list isn’t very long,” he said.
“It probably wasn’t a big deal 20 years ago, it’s a much bigger deal now. It’s nice to be recognised by your peers.
“It was a good night and it was great to chat to a lot of the younger sports people in the job about how to combine their career and still have a fair dinkum go in sport.
“The biggest thing you try and get across to those young people is that in top end sport there’s a very small window of opportunity that you have to be any good — you’ve got your whole life to have a career.”
Ross admits the attitude towards police and high level sport has changed over the past 20 or so years, as beforehand it wasn’t really encouraged, but that didn’t stop him from engaging in multiple Australian Cycling Championships and taking out the title of World of Sport Roller Cycling Champion three years in a row from 1979 while on the job.
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