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Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame – On Saturday, November 12, the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Awards Night will take place at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. An expected crowd of close to 1,000 guests will be on hand to witness the induction of five athletes and two builders who have contributed significantly to their sports and brought tremendous recognition and pride to all of Nova Scotia.

The evening will be hosted by CBC’s Bruce Rainnie for the 18th consecutive year. Bruce will make the evening entertaining and inspiring as he reveals the inductees’ amazing accomplishments.

Tickets for the 2016 Induction Awards Night will be on sale at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

In the athlete category there are world champions, Olympians, an Olympic medallist, a world class soccer player and a multi-sport champion. In the builder category the two builders have brought Nova Scotia to the world stage in swimming and hockey. 

Here is a closer look at the Nova Scotia sport heroes who we will be welcoming to the Hall of Fame at the Induction Awards Night this fall:

Tracy Cameron (Athlete Category) of Shubenacadie rose to great heights in her sport in a short period of time. After taking a “Learn to Row” class at age 25, Tracy skyrocketed to the top of the World Championship podium only five years later when she won gold at the 2005 Championships in Japan. She repeated her world champion performance five years after that in New Zealand, claiming a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and six World Cup medals in between her World Championship golds. She followed her 2010 victory with a seventh World Cup medal (her fourth gold) in 2011. The extent of the accomplishments that Tracy managed to achieve in only a decade makes her one of the greatest rowers this province has ever produced.

Leon Carter (Athlete Category) of River Bourgeois, Cape Breton has made a name for himself as both a baseball heavyweight and a Nova Scotia golfing great. Leon was a member of Canada’s first national baseball team to win an international medal and a national team member for Canada’s first-ever appearance at the World Championships, during which time he was named the most outstanding hitter at the World Championships. He has been recognized as Sport Nova Scotia Athlete of the Year and Baseball Nova Scotia Player of the Year. After baseball Leon turned to golf, where, in an amazing 10-year span, he won four Nova Scotia Men’s Amateur Championships, was runner-up three times, won two provincial mid-amateur championships and was a member of the 2007 Nova Scotia team that won the Canadian amateur golf championship.

Karen Furneaux (Athlete Category) of Waverley is Nova Scotia’s most decorated female paddler. With three Olympic appearances and nine World Championship medals, Karen is a force to be reckoned with in international kayaking. She competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing. Two of her nine World Championship medals are gold, making her the best in the world in both 1998 and 2001. In Canada, Karen is the winner of over 50 national championships, and she also brought home two gold medals for her country from the 1999 Pan American Games. With an athletic record of this calibre, it is no wonder that Karen has been named Nova Scotia Female Athlete of the Year five times.

Simon Gillis (Athlete Category) of Gillisdale, Cape Breton displayed feats of strength in hammer throw that remain unmatched today, earning him a venerated spot among Nova Scotia’s very first Olympians. Simon represented the USA at the 1904 and 1908 Olympics, and qualified for the 1912 Olympics before an injury prevented him from competing. In the first decade of the 20th century, he was the hammer throw champion at many prestigious national and international athletics events, setting two world records with the 12-lb hammer, achieving a distance of 210 ft. Able to single-handedly defeat a team of six men in tug-of-war, Simon maintained his strength in his later years, recording a hammer throw in 1928 that out-distanced the Olympic record. Simon is being inducted posthumously. 

Ante Jazic (Athlete Category) of Bedford is Nova Scotia’s most successful soccer talent, with a 16-year professional career playing for five different teams. Ante began his unmatched soccer career as a CIS All-Canadian and Rookie of the Year with Dalhousie, propelling them to their 1995 CIS championship win. After racking up two national medals with the Halifax King of Donair senior team, he joined the professional ranks and led his teammates to a Croatian Cup Championship win in 2000 and a Croatian 1st League Championship title in 2001. A two-time captain for Team Canada at the World Cup qualifications, Ante’s incredible skill has even earned him a place on the field with teammate David Beckham during his contract with the LA Galaxy.

David Fry (Builder Category) of Halifax left a legacy in the swimming community during his 40 years as a swim coach in Nova Scotia. David is responsible for coaching three athletes to the Olympics: David Sharpe, Kiera Aitken and Hall of Famer Marie Moore. As head swim coach with the Dalhousie Tigers for 13 years, he was named Dalhousie University’s Varsity Coach of the Year five times and Canadian University Swimming Coach of the Year twice. David was also head coach of the Dartmouth Crusaders for 12 years, head coach of the Nova Scotia Canada Games swim team for three years and learning facilitator for Swimming Canada for 16 years. He has been honoured as Swim Nova Scotia Coach of the Year twice. David is being inducted posthumously.

Fred MacGillivray (Builder Category) of Halifax has left a lasting impact on the city with his initiatives to bring world-class sporting events to Nova Scotia and his involvement in over 30 non-profit and charitable organizations, including the success of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Fred secured Halifax as host for the Memorial Cup, the first Touchdown Atlantic CFL Exhibition Game, the CIS basketball championships, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) men’s and women’s championships, and the first IIHF World Juniors championship to be hosted in Canada in 100 years. Fred was also instrumental in the strategic development of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, serving as a Board Director and Chair for close to a decade and playing a vital role in the development and success of the Hall facility.

Contacts:

Shane Mailman                                             For ticket sales: Karolyn Sevcik

Manager – Facility and Programs                   Manager—Administration and Special Events

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame                     Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

(902) 404-3339                                               (902) 404-3321          

shane@nsshf.com                                           karolyn@nsshf.com

Tracy Cameron

902-717-1119

tracycameron1@me.com

Leon Carter

902-227-8732

leon-carter@hotmail.com

Karen Furneaux

(902) 441-9832

karen@ipromiseperformance.com

Ante Jazic

(310) 318-4954

ajazic@canadasoccer.com

Robert MacDonald (lead contact for Simon Gillis)

902-717-1392

macdonaldrj@gmail.com

Fred MacGillivray

(902) 420-1856

fredrmacgill@gmail.com

Alex Young (lead contact for David Fry)

(902) 423-2774

writetoalex@icloud.com

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Shane Mailman

Manager – Facility and Programs

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

Ph: (902)404-3339

Fax: (902)425-1148

shane@nsshf.com

www.nsshf.com