Molly Ferguson and Erica MacMillan are two deserving candidates soon to be recognised on Maranoa’s Sporting Wall of Fame.
The local nominees have represented Australia in Equestrian and Water Skiing, achieving national and international success. Molly still lives in her hometown of Roma and has achieved huge success in the field of Water Skiing having already competed in four national events. She was recently selected for the Aussie-Kiwi Challenge team in 2013/14 held in Christchurch New Zealand where she received 2nd place ‘Salom’, 3rd place ‘Jump’ and placed 1st in the under 14 team overall. Roma has been the victim of a harsh drought for the past two years and the dry district has been completely without water. With nowhere to train, Molly’s mum Louise drives her to Coolum and Woodford to use the beach and ski lakes as a training ground.
“She has been training there a few days a week, every six to eight weeks for the last two years,” Louise said. Louise said Molly has a lot of development ahead of her, including intense training over the next 12 months to be selected again for the Australian team. “Molly’s goal is to secure a spot on the under 17s world team,” said Louise. Molly has been water skiing since she was just four years old, and has been competing in tournaments for the past five years. “She loves it,” said Louise.
Fellow sportswoman Erica, born and raised in Surat, and her achievements include representing Australia in Equestrian at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as well as the World Equestrian Games in Rome and Spain in 1998. She then went on to represent Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. As an international Dressage Judge, Erica will be judging in Australia and internationally this year.
Councillor Peter Flynn Portfolio Chair for Sport and Recreation said it was fantastic to see two local sportswomen acknowledged for their successes. “Erica and Molly’s sporting accomplishments were honoured on Wednesday as deserving candidates for commemoration on the Maranoa Sporting Wall of Fame,” Cr Flynn said.
Words by Harriet Hall