News Release

June 6 2016

The London Sports Hall of Fame class of 2016 was announced this morning in a ceremony at the home of the Hall, Budweiser Gardens.

This year’s inductees will be formally honoured at the annual Spirit of Sport and Hall of Fame induction event, in early November at the Carousel Room, Western Fair District.

In the inductee lineup for 2016 are:

  • June-Marie Provost – National and international Masters race walking champion
  • Kylee Reade-White – Local and U.S. lacrosse legend and now San Diego State head coach
  • The late Harvey Bailie – A lifetime educator and sports administrator (VP Baseball Canada)
  • Jeff Glass – Saunders, Western, Canadian Olympic team track and field record-holder

The Hall of Fame, now in its 15th year of operation, is the brain child of long-time London Free Press sportswriter/editor Bruce Huff whose tireless efforts on behalf of the Hall were recognized with his induction in the Builder/Founder category in 2008. The Hall selection committee reports to the London Sports Council, established by the City of London in 2001.

The inaugural class of inductees included Canada’s Golfer of the Half Century, C. Ross (Sandy) Somerville, Western’s legendary football coach and athletic director John Metras, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher and manager, George (Mooney) Gibson, and the 1948 World Sandlot baseball champs, the London Majors.

Brief bios of the class of 2016 inductees follows:

The Class of 2016London Sports Hall of Fame

 

June-Marie Provost – Race Walker – Athlete Legend

  • Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1933
  • The record speaks for itself – 18 individual gold medals at world championships, 7 individual silver medals and 2 bronze medals at the world levelRepresented Canada at 11 world championships and is holder of 20 Ontario Masters records
  • Inductee of the Canadian Masters and the Ontario Masters Halls of Fame
  • She has welked (fast) almost 247,000 kilometres in training and racing – six times around the equator
  • She went through 26 pairs of shoes in a race walking career that spanned 1990 to 2014, winning her last race by setting a record in the 80-85 age class for one mile
  • For the record – 25 years of racing, almost 600 races, more than 400 medals in local, provincial, national, and international competitions
  • June-Marie and her husband Terry Provost reside in London

Kylee Reade-White – Athlete Modern

  • Born in London, May 1, 1978
  • Attended Banting Secondary School before heading to the U.S. and an outstanding career as an athlete, coach, and administrator
  • In London played competitive lacrosse for the London Blue Devils, a male box lacrosse program helping the team win three zone titles and one provincial championship
  • Also played several seasons of competitive hockey with the London Devilettes, winning the all-Ontario AA Midget championship
  • Unparalleled career in Canadian lacrosse – member national junior champions in 1994; played for Canada in under 19 world championships in U.S.; member Ontario women’s field lacrosse team that won consecutive Canadian championships; on team Canada for five consecutive World Lacrosse Championships; only woman to have represented Canada in each of the last three decades
  • In the U.S. – four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time all-Big Ten academic honouree; co-captain of Ohio State’s first women’s hockey team; held lacrosse assistant coaching jobs at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, Stanford University, Ohio State, Loyola University in Baltimore, and is now Head Coach at San Diego State University
  • Kylee’s father Chris Reade is an assistant coach of Western’s women’s lacrosse team and her grandmother Barbara Kemp Reade was a member of the 1945 London Shamrocks women’s basketball team, London Sports Hall of Fame inductees in 2007

 

Harvey Bailie – Builder Legend

  • Born in Perth County in 1932; died in London in March, 2007
  • Coached Byron minor baseball teams to 4 OBA championships and 11 league championships
  • An active member of Byron Optimist Club for 38 years and founding member of the Byron Optimist Sports Complex
  • President of Byron Optimist Minor Baseball and President of the London District Baseball Association
  • As Vice President of Baseball Canada represented Canada at international meetings and at major tournaments in Amsterdam, Milan, Kobe, Seoul, and Havana
  • An official of the Canadian team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul

 

  • The Harvey Bailie Diamond is named in his honour at the Byron Sports Complex

Jeff Glass – Track, Volleyball – Athlete Modern

  • Born in London, April 21, 1962
  • A multi-sport athlete during school days (Westmount P.S. and Saunders S.S.) in London – basketball, track-and-field, volleyball
  • Best known as hurdler but an outstanding volleyballer, as well – representing Canada in international competition
  • At Saunders, won four OFSSA championships (110 and 400 metres hurdles) and held the Canadian School Boy record in the 110m.
  • The first Canadian athlete to receive Federal Elite Athletic Assistance in two sports (track, volleyball) at the same time
  • Five time all-Canadian and three-time CIS champion as hurdler at University of Western Ontario
  • Served as captain of the Canadian Track and Field Team at the Commonwealth Games; represented Canada on 22 occasions
  • Gained fame throughout the track world for his dive across the finish line enabling him to qualify for the 110 hurdles final at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles

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