‘Dealer Wells’ scores top honour
Port Macquarie local and newly signed National Party member Harry Wells has received one of Australia’s highest honours – induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Nicknamed ‘Dealer Wells’ after a strong family history in boxing, Harry shone as a rugby league centre for South Sydney and the Australian Kangaroos, swapping skills from the ring for moves on the field.
Harry Wells played 29 tests for Australia and sported the Rabbitohs’ jersey in 1951 when they won the league premiership over Manly. While representing Australia at the World Cup, Harry formed a strong combination with fellow Hall of Fame member Reg Gasnier AM, a former footballer for St George and sports media personality.
Following stints at Western Sydney and the Souths, Harry returned to his roots in the regions as a coach-captain for rugby league teams in Goulburn and Young, before turning his talents to the Port Macquarie Sharks.
Nearing his fiftieth year in Port Macquarie, Harry remains an active member of the community. Locals may know him just as well for his convenience store called The Bottlo at Flynns Beach.
Harry was one of eight Australian sporting legends inducted into the 32nd Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Thursday 13 October at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.