No Name For Stadium

Friday, 17 September, 2021 - 16:00

Council’s proposal to name the new Dual Court Stadium at Mansfield Secondary College the “Alex Pullin Stadium” has been overruled.

The name Alex Pullin was put to the community in memory of Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin, World Champion and Olympic snowboarder from Mansfield Shire, who died tragically in a holiday accident on the Gold Coast in July 2020.

More than 2,500 people voted ‘yes’ in support of naming of the stadium after the local sporting hero. The community engagement was highly public and widespread. The decision to name the stadium was reported widely in local news.

While the stadium is governed by a Joint Use Agreement between the Secondary College that ensures community access after school hours and Council has a great deal of responsibility in relation to the stadium’s construction and many aspects of the stadium maintenance and management, the stadium itself sits on land owned by the Department of Education and Training Victoria.  It has now come to light that Council did not have naming rights to the stadium and the School has declined to name the stadium after Alex Pullin.

Mayor Cr Mark Holcombe said the assumption that Council had naming rights had been a mistake but we still stand behind our preference to name the stadium after Alex.

“This is a large, complex project and although we have worked very closely with the Secondary College on the project we didn’t realise that Council didn’t have naming rights to the stadium.” said Cr Holcombe.

“We’re sorry for our mistake and extremely disappointed that we can’t honour our commitment to the community and the Pullin family.

“We have apologised to Mansfield Secondary College and have advocated for the stadium to be named in Alex Pullin’s honour in line with the community’s overwhelming support. However, Mansfield Secondary College has the right to make the final decision on the name of the stadium.  We have also apologised to the Pullin family who are understandably very upset.”

Alex Pullin was a dual snowboard cross world champion who was the Australian flag-bearer at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. He represented Australia at three Winter Olympics and won the world title in 2011 and 2013.

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Last Updated: Friday, 17 September, 2021 - 16:00