October 15, 2018
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 to Receive Canada’s Highest Sporting Honour
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – TORONTO – On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 – six Athletes and two Builders- will be formally inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame during the evening gala and ceremony. The morning of the Induction starts with a media conference which will showcase the official presentation of the Honoured Member jacket; a symbol of Canada’s highest sporting honour, to the Inductees. The event will be emceed by Honoured Member and two-time Olympic Medalist, Sue Holloway and presented by Bob Rooney, Bruce Croxon, and Brian Cooper. Each Inductee will speak and be available for photos and media interviews following the morning’s media conference.
The Class of 2018 includes:
Jeff Adams, six-time World Champion wheelchair racer, 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.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. – 11a.m. (ET)
LOCATION: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Street Level, Room 206 A/B
225 Front Street W, Toronto, ON
WHAT: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Celebrations: the official presentation of the Inductees’ Honoured Member jacket and Class Photo.
WHO: I. Class of 2018 Inductees:
o Jeff Adams
o Damon Allen
o Mary Baker – posthumous induction – represented by daughter, Maureen Baker
o Chandra Crawford
o Alexandre Despatie
o David Keon
o Dr. Sandra Kirby
o Wilton Littlechild
II. Cheryl Bernard, President and CEO, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and Olympic Silver Medallist in Curling
III. Sue Holloway, two-time Olympic Medallist, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Honoured Member and Emcee
IV. Bob Rooney, Chair of the Board of Governors, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
V. Bruce Croxon, Co-Chair of the 2018 Induction Celebration
VI. Brian Cooper, Co-Chair of the 2018 Induction Celebration
About Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame: Inspiring Canadians – in sport and life
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, located at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, is an international award-winning facility with over 40,000 square feet of inspiring experiences featuring 12 galleries, dozens of hands-on interactive exhibits and a collection of 100,000 artefacts. Each year, Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame selects the country’s most influential and inspiring athletes and sport “builders” who are inducted as Honoured Members. Our mission is to share the stories of their achievements so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life. Induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is the highest sporting honour in Canada. Visit sportshall.ca to learn more about corporate and private facility rentals, education programs, and upcoming events.
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