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Local sports hall of fame looking for a few good men, women

Midland Sports Hall of Fame hopes to hold induction ceremonies for class of 2020, 2022 later this year

The Midland Sports Hall of Fame wants to hear from local residents about potential worthy hall nominees.

Nominations are now open to join the prestigious group of athletes, builders and teams that represents 38 different sports, athletic activities.

“The nominations are due by April 1,” said Midland Sports Hall of Fame committee member Mark MacDonald.

“The criteria for each category can be found on the MSHOF website as well as the nomination forms.”

Since being established in 1994 with its first induction ceremony two years later, the hall’s induction roster includes 67 athletes, 43 builders, 33 teams, seven historic venues and four special recognition recipients.

“We have held thirteen induction ceremonies to date,” MacDonald said.

With 2020 induction ceremonies on hold due to COVID-19, the hall plans to officially welcome its class for that year while also inducting a new group for 2022 this coming September.

“Because of COVID, we’re down in nominations. We have a few carry-overs (from 2020),” board chair Chester Graham told MidlandToday during an earlier interview.

Graham noted that even if someone isn’t admitted to the hall on the first go-around, their nomination will still be considered for the 2024 and 2026 induction.

“The public needs to submit their nominations. We need more nominations in order to do a good job of electing more candidates.”

Although 2020’s official induction ceremony was postponed, the builders' category welcomed Doug Andrews, Gerry Asselin, Randy Butineau, Earl Scott and Thomas Wood. One historic venue (Midland Bay Sailing Club) and one team (1956 Little NHL provincial champions) were also inducted into the hall as well as one special recognition award recipient (Jim Wallace).

Nomination forms are available on the hall's website as well as at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre and Midland town hall.

Completed nomination applications can be emailed to finlayson3331@rogers.com.


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