Our famous Penrith People

Penelope Wensley, born 1946; educated at Penrith High School; now Governor of Queensland. http://tinyurl.com/chvwr6s

Ken ‘‘Killer’’ Kearney (1924-2006) dual-code international football player and rugby league coach; represented the Wallabies in seven Tests and the Kangaroos in 31 Tests and World Cup games; captained Australia in nine rugby league Test matches from 1956 to 1957; also a hooker and captain for the St George Dragons in the first half of their 11-year premiership. Considered to be one of Australia’s finest footballers of the 20th century. http://tinyurl.com/cf2ywp2

Richie Benaud, born 1930, Australian Test cricketer; in the 1950s helped restore Australia to the top of world cricket; captain until he retired from international cricket in 1964. http://tinyurl.com/cf2ywp2

Grigor Taylor, born 1943, teacher now an actor; student and teacher at Penrith High School; known for his role in Matlock Police, A Country Practice, Homicide and The Flying Doctors. http://tinyurl.com/coy5y3b

Jennifer Maiden, born 1949, contemporary poet; has published 18 books, 16 poetry collections and two novels.

Ched Towns (1951–2000) a vision-impaired triathlete and motivational speaker who lost his life training to be the first blind person to climb Mount Everest.

Alan J.Whiticker, born 1958, non-fiction author of 30 books; writes on the history of Australian rugby league; published work on the Wanda Beach murders.

Nathan Wade Bracken, born 1977, former Australian Test cricketer; left-arm bowler and able to bowl the balls both ways.

Simon John Cobrin Keen, born 1987, cricketer and member of the NSW Blues squad.

Jason Dundas, born 1982, television presenter and actor; known for his role in the travel series Getaway, and on MTV Australia; based in New York, as correspondent on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live.

John Wayne Hastings, born 1985, Australian cricketer; all rounder with a right-arm fast to medium bowl and a lower-order batting; played for NSW, Victoria and Queensland before his debut against touring Indians; in 2010, won the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year; in January 2011, was in the 15-man squad for the 2011 ICC World Cup.

Mike Fanning, nicknamed White Lightning, born in 1981; professional surfer and dual world champion; won the ASP World Tour in 2007 and 2009.

James Te Huna , born 1981, New Zealand martial artist and UFC fighter who lives in Penrith; moved to Australia for his trainin; made his debut at UFC 110 against Igor Pokrajac.

The Holy Soul band formed in 2001 by Penrith residents Trent Marden (guitarist and vocalist), Sam Worrad (bass player), Jon Hunter (guitarist) and Kate Wilson (drummer). Blake McKeown professional lifeguard on the TV series Bondi Rescue; known as The Rookie; first lifeguard experience was at St Marys swimming pool; first ever trainee lifeguard appointed by Waverley Council; lives in Penrith and is often seen catching the train to work with his surfboard.

James Courtney, born 1980, professional race car driver who competes in the V8 Supercar Championships; won the 2010 Australian Touring Car Championships driving for the Dick Johnson Racing Ford team; has driven for the Holden Racing Team since 201; won the World Junior Karting Championship in 1995 and the world Formula A Championship in 1997; in 2000 was the British formula Ford champion and broke the record for winning the most Formula Ford races in one season.

Gregory (Greg) Alexander, born 1965, professional rugby league footballer of in 1980s and 90s; now a commentator for the sport; half-back who played and captained the Penrith Panthers and the Warriors.

Luke Lewis, born 1983, professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Penrith Panthers; spent his career with the Panthers; premiership winner in 2003; has played Origin for NSW and in Tests.

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