TORONTO – SPORTS – “The achievements of this wonderful group of inductees inspire other Torontonians to get and stay active through sport. This city’s sport community has made countless contributions to the social fabric of Toronto over the years. On behalf of all Toronto residents, congratulations to the contributors and remarkable athletes recognized with this honour in 2019,” says Mayor John Tory.
The City of Toronto held its fourth annual Toronto Sport Hall of Honour induction ceremony last night at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in east Toronto. Paralympian Stéphanie Dixon, boxing great George Chuvalo, swimming star Kylie Masse and college basketball player (and professional basketball prospect) Rowan Barrett Jr. are among the 18 new inductees.
City Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood) congratulated the inductees for their achievements and contributions to sport excellence in Toronto.
The following are this year’s Toronto Sport Hall of Honour inductees in each of the 11 categories:
• Athletes of the Year: Kylie Masse and Rowan Barrett Jr.
• Special Olympics Athlete of the Year: Monique Shah
• Para-Athlete of the Year: Greg Westlake
• Builders: Adrian Teodorescu, Cecil Smith and Fred Foot
• Corporate Builder: Jays Care Foundation
• Team of the Year: Seneca College Men’s Basketball team
• Coach of the Year: Jay McNeilly
• City of Sport Lifetime Achievement: Evelyn Koop
• Sport Legends: George Chuvalo and Stéphanie Dixon
• Spirit of Sport: Diversity and Inclusion: Faye Blackwood and Curtis Carmichael
• Community Sport Volunteers: Abeir Liton, Rhonda Lewis and Howard Birnie
The Toronto Sport Hall of Honour is a legacy initiative of the City of Toronto’s Host City Showcase Program from the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Nominations for next year’s Toronto Sport Hall of Honour are open until October.
“I’d like to congratulate this year’s inductees on their amazing achievements, this impressive group inspires Torontonians of all ages to play and get active in our city. The Toronto Sport Hall of Honour provides an opportunity for us to celebrate past and present athletes, coaches and partners and the tremendous contributions they’ve made to Toronto communities through sport. Sports help build healthy and engaged communities, from which we all benefit,” adds Councillor Paul Ainslie.