Paul Harrogan (OAM), nicknamed ‘Chief’ is an Australian rugby league legend. Paul was originally born in Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley and now currently resides on Lake Macquarie.
He’s a retired Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative forward who played his club football for the Newcastle Knights. He captained them at the 1997 ARL premiership and played for the Newcastle Knights from 1988-1999 and also played for the Kangaroos.
He holds the record for the second most consecutive Origin games by a New South Welshman (Danny Buderus played 21 consecutive State of Origin games), and most appearances by a NSW forward. A devastating runner of the football, he was famous for throwing himself at the defensive line in fearsome displays of determination.
He is now a prominent media figure, featuring on The Footy Show and commentating on rugby league matches and as of 2013 is the Chairman of the Newcastle Knights Advisory Board.
Nathan Outterridge is an Olympic gold medal winning sailor from Lake Macquarie. He currently resides in the Lake Macquarie town of Wangi Wangi. His greatest achievement to date is winning the gold medal in the 49er boat at the 2012 London Olympics along with teammate Iain Jensen. In 2007 he was named as Lake Macquarie’s sports person of the year.
John Paul Young
Scottish-born singer John Paul Young is now a long time proud resident of Lake Macquarie, currently residing in the Lake Macquarie town of Fassifern. John Paul Young is best known for his hit ‘Love is in the Air’. His first hit was in 1972 with ‘Pasadena’. ‘Love is in the Air’ was first released in 1978 but found a resurgence of popularity after it was featured in the hit film ‘Strictly Ballroom’ in 1992. Highlights of John Paul Young’s career include performing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Closing Ceremony and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009.
Today, John Paul Young resides in Lake Macquarie, where he is a passionate community activist for the region. He and his partner raised their children in the Lake Macquarie region where they attended local high schools.