Geale may be given key to Launceston


LAUNCESTON dual world middleweight boxing champion Daniel Geale could soon become only the second person to be awarded a Key to the City.

Mayor Albert van Zetten will take a motion to council on September 24 and suggest Geale receive the symbolic gift for his efforts in the world boxing ring.

Alderman van Zetten said that he has been in contact with Geale’s management, who are more than happy to be involved in some kind of ceremony when he returns to the state later this year.

The Rocherlea gloveman became Australia’s first boxer to unify two world titles when he beat German’s Felix Sturm on Sunday.

“Appropriate recognition could involve many different things, however, the scale of Daniel’s achievements mean that we will be looking to hand him the Key to the City,” Alderman van Zetten said.

“The Key to the City is an honour which recognises the contribution of individuals, groups or organisations, or outstanding achievements in sport, entertainment, and humanitarian work at a national or international level.”

On Thursday, Alderman Rob Soward suggested building a statue or offering a scholarship in Geale’s name.

Tasmanian solo round-the-world sailor Ken Gourlay became to first person in 2007 to receive the key to Launceston.