15 April 2019

Passing of Wally Carr - a legend in and out of the ring

Aboriginal Australia has lost one of its most admired sporting legends, with the passing of Wiradjuri elder, Wally Carr, in Sydney over the weekend.

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council Chairman, Roy Ah-See said Wally Carr's rise from humble beginnings to holding four Australian and one Commonwealth boxing title is an inspiration to Aboriginal people.

His boxing journey began after seeing a professional bout on television.  He had his first of 101 fights at the age of 17 at the South Sydney Leagues Club.  He would go on to win 53, with 27 by knockout.

Cr Ah-See said that Wally's greatest victory took place outside the ring.

"Wally fought life just like he did most of his opponents in the boxing ring and was happy, loving family man and respected elder in our community," Cr Ah-See said.

Cr Ah-See said Wally Carr carried himself with honour, humility and respect. His greatest love was his family.

"The most important thing to Wally was his children and grandchildren.  It was fitting that just hours before he died, Wally's grandson, Josh scored two match winning tries for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL."

"Wally was one of a kind.  He will always be with us because his life, values and triumph over great adversity will continue to inspire Aboriginal people for generations to come."

"Our thoughts are with his family and many friends across Australia."