Hall of Fame inductions cancelled
This year’s St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame inductions have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. File Photo by: BERNIE PUCHALSKI.
The latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic is the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame.
The Hall’s yearly inductions, normally held in November highlighted with a ceremony at the Meridian Centre, home of the David S. Howes Wall of Fame, have been cancelled this year.
“It’s incredibly disappointing,” Hall of Fame chairman Peter Partridge said. “It’s been so much fun and it’s an evening of such positive energy. We have some great athletes and builders that come and we hear some of their stories and we see so many people from the sporting community that come to support them.”
Partridge said he didn’t feel holding the ceremonies virtually was the proper thing to do.
“It just didn’t seem right,” he said. “We always try to make it special for the inductee with the mayor and city staff and Jim Bradley, plus dropping the puck at an IceDogs game and getting the recognition in front of 5,000 fans.
“It just didn’t seem to make any sense. If we can’t do it live, how can we do it? The Meridian Centre isn’t open, the Hall of Fame isn’t open. What if they didn’t live around here? It just didn’t seem we would be giving them the true recognition that we would love to give them.”
The St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1990 to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of both women and men, athletes and builders who have significantly contributed to the development of sport in St. Catharines and went on to success at Provincial, National and/or International levels of competition.
Partridge is hopeful things will return to normal next year.
“It’s just a great hour and we can’t wait to do it again,” he said.
For the past several years, five inductees have been selected each year.
“I think that might be the plan (next year) but who knows? Maybe we do an exemption because we missed a year. That still needs to be discussed. We’ll see what the world brings in the new year and what it looks like and if we can go ahead,” Partridge said.
With no inductees this year, BP Sports Niagara plans to write a series of profiles on former inductees who may have been passed over for proper recognition in the past.
BPSN’s coverage of the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame is brought to you by Peter Partridge of Partridge Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities (www.peterpartridge.com).
St. Catharines Hall of Fame Inductees.
•Ron “Swede” Burak
•Henry “Hank” Ciesla
•John “Wandy” McMahon
•Jim McMahon Sr.
•Frank J. Hayden
•Edward Howe Jr.
•Ron Winterbottom Sr.
•William B. C. Burgoyne
•J. Stanley Elliott
•Edgar L. Moir
•Doug Favell Jr.
•Douglas Favell Sr.
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