History

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1979—Formed with the assistance of Ryde Municipal Council to support financially the Australian Olympic Team for the 1980 Moscow Games which, due to a boycott, were denied Federal Government assistance.

1980—Introduced Sports Star of the Month and Sports Star of the Year Awards. First dinner held in Ryde Civic Centre.

1982—Commonwealth Games supported. Travel grants to local athletes policy adopted.

1983—Awards dinner held at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

1985 —Ryde Municipal Games held in preparation for a major event for the 1988 Bicentennial celebrations.

1984—Olympic Games supported.

1988—Ryde Municipal Games, a major event in local celebrations with a major emphasis of participating in a sporting activity. Over 9000 certificates issued to participants.

The RSF continues to maintain its core commitment to support financially Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and now Paralympic Games. More than 380 local sports people have been recognised in the Sports Star of the Month program and 30 Sports Stars of the Year acclaimed.

The 2012 London Olympic Games were the ninth supported.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games was the eighth supported.

Over $250000 has been donated to Olympic, Commonwealth, Para Olympic Games and local sports stars.

This has only been possible through:

  • a dedicated volunteer committee
  • the initial support of the City of Ryde
  • the unfailing publicity support of John Booth’s TWT
  • the generous sponsorship over many years from Club 6:
  • North Ryde RSL Community Club
  • North Ryde Golf Club
  • Gladesville Sporties
  • Gladesville RSL
  • Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.
  • the Late Norman May, renowned sports broadcaster and honorary member of RSF, for his support over the many years
  • Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club for their generous hosting of our annual Awards Dinner

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