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October 20, 2022 – Do you know of a Norfolk County athlete who has consistently excelled at the highest levels of sport? A coach or builder who has left a lasting legacy on Norfolk’s sporting landscape? What about a sports ambassador whose enthusiasm and commitment stand above all others?

If so, the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition wants to hear from you.

Individuals have until December 1, 2022 to submit nominations for the current round of inductees. Candidates will be assessed against a standard set of criteria to determine up to four inductees to be named as the Sports Hall’s Class of 2022. These individuals will be honoured, along with Class of 2023, at the Sports Hall’s next induction dinner, tentatively planned for the summer of 2024.

Nomination forms are available on the Sports Hall’s website. Completed nomination forms, along with supporting material, can be dropped off at the Simcoe Recreation Centre to the attention of Susie Wray, or mailed to the updated address indicated on the current nomination form.

Since its establishment in 1994, the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition has inducted over 90 individuals from throughout the county, including hockey greats Leonard “Red” Kelly and Ron “Chico” Maki as well as numerous builders and coaches. The Sports Hall displays are located in the pool viewing area of the Simcoe Recreation Centre. The “Hall” includes a permanent plaque wall as well as rotating displays featuring the most recent inductees.

The Sports Hall has also conducted a number of Reunion of Champions events to recognize past provincial and national championship teams, as well as supporting the Parade of Champions during the Norfolk County Fair – which this year acknowledged over 100 individuals – who earned provincial, national, or international honours since the fall of 2019.

Anyone wishing to support the Sports Hall’s efforts is invited to participate in a fundraising event being held in partnership with The Barrel Restaurant in Simcoe. The Barrel Restaurant has pledged to donate $2 to the Sports Hall for every pizza delivered or picked up from their restaurant from November 7 – November 13, 2022.

 

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