AUSTRALIAN Paralympic Committee boss Jason Hellwig did not hide his disappointment with the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in the lead-up to its annual inductions and awards night earlier this month.
Hellwig's contention is that with only two Paralympians so far inducted, there is insufficient recognition.
One of those two, Louise Sauvage, is actually a member of SAHOF's selection panel but appears frustrated that she is unable to make much headway with her colleagues.
SAHOF inducted seven people in 2013: five athletes, an administrator and a coach. The athletes included a rugby league player, Ron Coote, which always provides of debate not so much because he will only be known in part of the country but because it is almost hit-and-miss to select one player from a pack of stars and heroes in team sports.
Coote may well have special qualities that tower him over his colleagues and justify his elevation.
Baseball's Graeme Lloyd and hockey's Allyson Annan were also from team games but are at least within those sports acknowledged as being among the very highest achievers.
Individuals inducted this year were Clint Robinson (canoeing) and Stan Longinidis (kickboxing), while sailing coach Victor Kovalenko and former Australian Sports Commission chairman Ted Harris also made the list.
SAHOF's criteria for membership is broadly encapsulated as being limited exclusively to the top echelon of Australian athletes who have all achieved highest honours at the peak level of competition.
It's tough and obviously tough enough to mean that only two Paralympians have managed to make it into the hallowed hallway so far.
Yet read through the honour roll and there are more than a few who might struggle to withstand the test of scrutiny against the criteria. As with many such recognitions, it is often easier to make the cut in the set-up process when inductions are plentiful and there is an obligation to be all things to all people or in this case sports.
But with an apparent desire to significantly restrict the yearly intake to a small number, the backlog is building up and the task is getting harder, especially for those who are overlooked at the time of their retirement.
Take for example Kerry Saxby-Junna, whose career achievements compare very favourably. In a path- finding journey over 20 years that yielded 26 world records and world bests, with nine major international medals, the race walker paved the way for future generations of female walkers worldwide.
But like a batch of Paralympians identified by Hellwig and Sauvage, she remains on the outer. And of course there are others.
Perhaps it is time for a rethink and some expansionist views by the Hall's governors.
And while they are at it, they might have a look at whether they really want to apply the criteria in their shortlisting for their annual showpiece recognition, the Don Award.
Established in honour of Sir Donald Bradman, it is aimed at recognising example and humility that might inspire the nation.
Like Freeman in 2000 and Evans in 2011, Adam Scott might have been a worthy winner this time around.
But leaving the efforts of two truly modest and motivating young men - Simon Gerrans and Ashton Agar - off the shortlist in 2013 missed a significant opportunity.