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Honour for lifetime s work in sport
Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee Keith Harris-Walker. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

He would never admit the contribution he has made to Australian sport, but Keith Harris-Walker's study walls tell a tale or two.

The humble Kallaroo sportsman, who coached the Australian touch football team to four world championship titles, was inducted into the WA Rugby League's Hall of Fame this month.

Mr Harris-Walker, 65, who retired from coaching in 2007, was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, but is still in contact with his old sides and writes development programs for local teams.

The man teammates fondly know as "Roady", and who was awarded an Australian Sports Medal by former prime minister John Howard in 2000 and life membership to TouchWest in 1996, began his sporting career as a Derby schoolboy.

He represented the Royal Australian Navy at rugby during his nine years of service before he returned home to Perth in 1974 to restart his rugby league career with North Beach.

After he changed over to touch football, he won a world championship medal as a player for Australia as well as coaching the four victorious national teams.

"In an Aussie Rules State it's nice to be recognised," Mr Harris-Walker said.

"It is a bit humbling, of course. But you don't do these things to get recognition. I see it more for the family because they are the ones who supported me."