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Rodney Kemp Inducted Into WA Hall of Fame
Champion jockey Rodney Kemp had his name etched into the annuls of Western Australia's rich racing history when he was inducted into the Western Australian Racing Industry Hall Of Fame last night. Kemp was one of 12 inductees selected from 33 nominees across thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing that was bestowed their sports highest honour at an induction ceremony held at Crown Casino. Kalgoorlie-born Kemp, affectionately known as 'Rocket' by thousands of his supporters, was champion apprentice in 1971-72 and Perth's Leading Jockey for four consecutive seasons between 1983 and 1987. He booted home 11 Gr1 winners including dual Australian Derbies with Sanatate (1982) and Importune (1984), the Railway Stakes with Eastern Temple (1984) and the Perth Cup on Phizam (1985). Kemp's career was tragically and prematurely cut short when he fell from Cheridge at Belmont Park in 1987, the horror fall leaving the then 33 year-old with severe neck injuries that left him partially paralysed.