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Ballarat Sportsman's Association Welcomes Ted Whitten Jnr

The son of Hall of Fame legend Ted Whitten Snr will be guest speaker next wednesday at the Ballarat Sportsman's Club dinner.

The Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club is a very unique ‘not for profit’ club which has a proud tradition of over 57 years involvement in the Ballarat and district sporting community. Life Members include football greats Lou Richards and both the late Ron Casey and Jack Dyer, who were regular attendees and instrumental to the Club’s early beginnings. The Club supports the Ballarat Sports Foundation and the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport Ballarat which financially and personally assists young promising athletes from this district to obtain the assistance they need along the way to achieve their goals.

The next Ballarat Sportsman's Club dinner is being held on the 1st of June 2022 at the Ballarat Golf Club and will feature  guest speaker Ted Whitten Jnr.

As the son of Hall of Fame legend Ted Whitten Sr., Whitten was in the media spotlight from a very young age and was expected to achieve big things and follow in the footsteps of his father. As a youngster in junior leagues, he was put on a heavy tag, solely due to his name.[1]

Whitten made his debut in 1974 at his father's club, Footscray, but was only recruited after rumours circulated that he was considering joining rival team South Melbourne. In 1974, Whitten made his VFL debut at 17 years of age, and while he could not live up to the high standards set by one of the greatest footballers of all time in his father, Whitten turned out to be a very good player. He represented Victoria in State of Origin and went on to play 144 games and kick 133 goals between 1974 and 1982. His career was terminated in the 1982 season after he suffered a terrible anterior cruciate ligament injury.[1]

In later years, Whitten helped set up the EJ Whitten Legends Game, a charity football match which raises funds for prostate cancer research. (His father died from prostate cancer.)

A few tickets remain for what should be a great evening and are available from http://www.ballaratsportsmensclub.org.au/ or call Bruce Tweedale on 0448366037

3BA Bigshow host PT spoke with new club President Bruce Tweedale and special guest speaker Ted Whitten Jnr.