Local Historical Sporting Greats to be Honoured May 31
The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame today introduced a new classification of honourees, entitled LEGACY Members. Many of the star athletes and teams from the 1890s to 1960s haven’t been recognized for their achievements, which not only shined the spotlight on them, but also the City of Ottawa. The moment has arrived for three athletes, one athlete/builder and three teams, to enter into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame May 31, as they become inaugural Legacy Category members.
Included in the group are athletes Jean Beardsley (curling), the late Eddie Carroll (boxing) and the late Wilfrid Mathieu (speed skating); athlete/builder the late Donald Gilchrist (figure skating); and three teams, the Ottawa Silver Seven (hockey), the Ottawa Senators Stanley Cup winners from 1915-27 (hockey), and the 1892 Ottawa tug-of-war Canadian champions. Media note: 92 year-old Jean Beardsley will attend the ceremony.
“Ottawa is, without question, a hotbed for athletic achievement”, says Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame Chair, Dave Best. “We have produced an incredible roster of athletes over the years, decades, even centuries. Many of them of course pre-date the existence of the Hall (1968). So we are thrilled to launch this new category and ensure some very important historical accomplishments in athletics, community service and sportsmanship are recognised”.
For additional information and background about the Legacy category recipients, please see the excellent article by award-winning sports journalist Martin Cleary:http://ottawasporthalloffame.ca/news-posts/ottawa-sport-hall-of-fame-introduces-legacy-category/
The Legacy category honourees will be recognised May 31, along with the five local sports icons who will be inducted into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. Outgoing President of the Ottawa Race Weekend John Halvorsen, former Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips, Olympic wheelchair basketball star Chantal Benoit, prolific community coach Richard Desclouds, and the 1968 and 1969 Ottawa Rough Riders are this year’s inductees. . The ceremony, hosted by broadcaster Dean Brown, will include a keynote address by former figure skater Elizabeth Manley, the 1988 World and Olympic silver medalist. Fewer than 20 tickets remain for this prestigious event.
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