Kawana's two-time Olympic boxer recalls meeting Muhammad Ali
BOXING: It was a fleeting meeting while eating lunch but Sunshine Coast two-time Olympian Brad Hore treasures the memory of meeting Muhammad Ali.
The flyweight was just 18 at the time and in the midst of his first Games campaign.
"We were in the dining hall at the Sydney Olympics...I got to shake his hand, he didn't say too much at all because of the Parkinson's (disease) but I was lucky enough to meet him," Hore said.
Even before their meeting there was plenty of anticipation.
"There was a lot of talk that Muhammad Ali was around...we were just lucky he came over and was with us," he said.
"The Australian boxing team was there, just having some lunch in the village and he came over and had a meet and greet.
"He was surrounded by his security and media (but) he shook my hand and said hello...and sat down.
"I remember him having a photo with Danny Green.
"Danny goes 'I'm the light heavyweight (representative) for Australia' and then Ali put his fist up to Danny's face and we had a bit of a laugh.
"Just to see him in the village, with all the sports stars you do see in there, he was probably the biggest."
Ali, who died aged 74 on Saturday, proved an inspiration to Hore and to many boxers.
"There's heaps of other good boxers but he's the one, not just with sport but he always stood up for what he believed in," Hore said.
"His boxing was on top of the world. It's unbelievable what he did in the sport."
Hore drew motivation from watching the famed bouts, 'Thrilla in Manila' and 'Rumble in the Jungle'.
"When I started boxing, I knew of Ali and (Joe) Frazier, watched all the documentaries and stuff like that, so for him to be at the village at Sydney, it was a big thing to meet him and shake his hand," he said.
"He really is 'The Greatest."
Ali was a pioneer for African Americans and Hore, who has indigenous heritage, draws motivation from that too.
"He's been a big influence, looking at him and growing up trying to be a good role model like him and like Lionel Rose."
Hore's last fight was in August. He's since been focused on his Keep Your Hands To Yourself initiative, which is aimed at thwarting violence on the streets.
"We'd love to do some school programs in the future with that," he said.
He expects to return to the ring towards the end of the year.
"Were trying to find a fight that's good for us and something we can use as a stepping stone," he said.
Hore has a five wins, two losses record as a professional after a long and distinguished amateur career.
"I haven't had any training really (this year). I'm justworking and enjoying being around friends and family," he said.
"I will be back in the ring (though). There's no retirement at the moment. I'd love to have another fight on the Coast."