October 18, 2018
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Inspiring Class of 2018
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – Toronto, October 18, 2018 – Tonight, the Class of 2018 Inductees will receive our nation’s highest sporting honour – Induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The Class of 2018 represents Canada’s greatest Indigenous, Olympic, Paralympic and National sport heroes. Over thirty of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s Honoured Members from across North America will be in attendance at tonight’s gala.
The Class of 2018 includes six athletes and two sport builders who have each contributed a tremendous amount to their sport, communities, and to our country. Their perseverance and success inspire us to be better in sport and in life. The Inductees include:
- Jeff Adams, six-time World Champion wheelchair racer, he captured thirteen Paralympic medals and is an advocate promoting equal treatment for people with disabilities.
- Damon Allen, four-time Grey Cup champion and considered one of the most distinguished quarterbacks in the Canadian Football League.
- The late Mary Baker, the first Canadian to sign with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as a catcher and the first female sport broadcaster in Canada.
- Chandra Crawford, Olympic Gold Medallist in Cross Country Skiing and dedicated to empowering girls across North America to stick with sports and lead healthy, active lifestyles.
- Alexandre Despatie, two-time Olympic silver medallist who was the first athlete ever crowned FINA world champion in all three categories of diving.
- David Keon, four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the third-highest all-time points leader in franchise history.
- Dr. Sandra Kirby, a former Olympic rower and an accomplished educator, sport administrator, coach and activist fighting sexual harassment and abuse and violence against children in sport.
- Wilton Littlechild, a pioneering role model, organizer and advocate for Indigenous sport in Canada that spans over five decades.
At this morning’s media conference, the Inductees each received a Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Honoured Member jacket, the official symbol of achieving Canada’s highest sporting honour. The legacies of the Class of 2018 will live on for generations to come at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2018: back row from L-R, Alexandre Despatie, Chandra Crawford, Dr. Sandra Kirby, Maureen Baker (daughter of the late Mary Baker), David Keon, and front,Wilton Littlechild, Damon Allen, and Jeff Adams.
For full biographies of the Class of 2018, please visit www.sportshall.ca.
About Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame: Inspiring Canadians – In Sport and Life
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to conferring Canada’s highest sporting honour on athletes and organizers that make us proud to be Canadian. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Museum at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park is the home to Canada’s Highest Sporting Honour, celebrating a community of Honoured Members, 665 to date, that inspire Canadians in sport and life. New Honoured Members are inducted annually and their stories are shared through curated exhibits, immersive experiences and digital storytelling. Visit sportshall.ca to learn more about corporate and private facility rentals, education programs, and upcoming events.
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