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Cowes Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Cowes

Cowes, a town located on Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia, has been home to several distinguished and famous people over the years. Here are some of the most notable individuals from Cowes.

1) Nevin Dawson
Nevin Dawson is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was born in Cowes and began his career with the local Phillip Island Football Club. Dawson played for Richmond from 1997 to 2005, making 166 appearances and winning the club's best and fairest award in 2002.

2) Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur is a professional tennis player who was born in Brisbane but grew up in Cowes. She has won 9 WTA singles titles and 26 doubles titles, including 3 Grand Slam doubles titles and the 2011 US Open singles title. Stosur has represented Australia in numerous Fed Cup and Olympic Games competitions.

3) Steve Bracks
Steve Bracks is a former Australian politician who served as the Premier of Victoria from 1999 to 2007. He was born in Ballarat but grew up in Cowes. Bracks was a member of the Australian Labor Party and served in the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the seat of Williamstown. During his tenure as Premier, Bracks oversaw significant investment in public transport, education, and health services.

4) Rusty Berther
Rusty Berther is a comedian and musician who was born in Cowes. He is best known as a member of the comedy group The Scared Weird Little Guys, who have performed at numerous festivals and events in Australia and around the world. Berther has also released two solo albums and is a regular guest on television and radio shows.

5) Simon McKeon
Simon McKeon is a businessman and philanthropist who was born in Cowes. He is the former chairman of the CSIRO and the former Australian of the Year, having received the award in 2011 for his work in the fields of business and philanthropy. McKeon has also served on a number of boards and committees, including the World Wildlife Fund and the Victorian Council of Social Service.

6) Hayley Hoopla
Hayley Hoopla is a professional wrestler who was born in Cowes. She has wrestled for a number of promotions in Australia, including Melbourne City Wrestling and Explosive Pro Wrestling. Hoopla is also a trained dancer and has performed as a model and actress.

7) Ben Hart
Ben Hart is a magician and illusionist who was born in Cowes. He has performed on numerous television shows in Australia and around the world, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Today Show. Hart has also worked as a consultant and designer for other magicians and stage productions.

These are just a few of the many distinguished and famous people from Cowes, Victoria. Their achievements and contributions have helped to put this small town on the map and inspire future generations of residents.

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