Arrangements are complete for the 12th annual Spirit of Sport/London Sports Hall of Fame gala event – November 7 at the Carousel Room, Western Fair District. Tables of eight ($320+HST) and individual tickets ($40+HST) are a couple of clicks away at www.westernfairdistrict.com, select events and scroll down to November 7.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include: former Edmonton Oilers’ star and Oakridge minor hockey grad Craig Simpson; the late Russ Evon, an outstanding baseball player and all-round athlete from the 1940s and ‘50s; Willie Weiler, a gymnastics’ legend and long-time London resident; Bob Vigars, for more than 30 years coach of Western’s track and cross-country teams, winners of numerous all-Canadian titles; the Fanshawe Falcons Canadian college basketball championship teams from 1980 and ’81; the late Ted Dilts, a London jeweller who sponsored London teams in a myriad of sports throughout the latter half of the 20th century; and Barry Howson, a basketball standout with Beck Collegiate, the University of Western Ontario, and numerous Canadian teams competing at the Olympic and international level.
Spirit of Sport honourees include: Danielle Hall, president of the London Ramblers Basketball Club, as Administrator of the Year; Volunteer of the Year, Ron Elijah, a long-time field and box lacrosse coach of non-native and First Nations kids throughout the London area; and Marilyn Duhaime, Secondary School Coach of the Year.
The evening’s proceedings start with a reception at 5:30 p.m., affording those in attendance the opportunity to meet and greet the inductees and grab a few autographs. At 6:30 p.m., the formal program begins featuring presentations to the Spirit of Sport honourees followed by video tributes to the Hall of Fame inductees, the unveiling of their plaques, and a chance to hear from the Hall’s newcomers who join the more than 60 previous inductees, some of whom will also be in attendance. An added feature of the event is a silent auction with proceeds going to Kids Sport.
Don’t miss it! Thursday, November 7, Carousel Room, Western Fair District.