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Congratulations to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame induction class of 2023
Also: reflecting on my coverage of the Hall over the years
The 2023 induction class of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame will be officially recognized at an August 16 ceremony in Alexandria.
This year’s inductees are Malcolm Fraser (from Williamstown), the Glengarry Glens Lacrosse Team of 1972, Sharon Jasper (Summerstown), Mark Major (Alexandria), Dan Seguin (Glen Norman), and Marjorie Stewart (Maxville).
Congratulations to the inductees on their much-deserved honour.
On a personal note, I can recall covering the sports exploits of Sharon Jasper, especially in terms of broomball, over my career as the county’s sports journalist. She was very active over the years as an athlete and organizer, both in the local league (Sunday mornings at the Williamstown arena) and with teams that competed provincially and nationally.
Sadly, I can’t seem to locate any of the many broomball action photos that I took over the years. I just know there was a shot of Sharon in that archive somewhere. Sorry, Sharon!
Reflecting on my coverage of the Hall
I recall fondly covering each year the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony. At each event, held in August, the Hall recognizes five or six athletes (or teams) who contributed significantly to the local sports scene. Also honoured is a slate of a dozen or so graduating high school athletes who particularly excelled in their athletic endeavours. The ceremony rotates on a three-year cycle between the county’s three arenas: Alexandria, Williamstown, and Maxville.
I attended the event for many years, starting in August 2006, providing extensive coverage in the newspaper, with written text and photographs. Unfortunately, the archive of my first two years’ stories has been lost.
The first story remaining in the archive was my coverage of the 2008 edition of the Hall induction dinner and ceremony. This was also a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame.
In the lead-up to the induction dinner each year, I recall editing and publishing submitted biographies of each of the inductees, something I believe is still done by the county’s newspaper despite it eliminating its sports editor (me) in 2019. Sigh.
I should add that I did offer the Hall the opportunity to have the biographies of this year’s honourees published here on my website, but sadly no response from them was received. If I do hear from them at some point, I will happily share the stories for all to read.
If you are looking to promote your sports team, event, or recreational opportunity, or have a story you would like published here, please contact me. I would be happy to work with you.
Congratulations and thanks
I very much offer my sincere congratulations to the 2023 inductees to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame.
And I wish to express my thanks to the volunteers at the Hall for working with me from 2006 through 2018 to promote the Hall, its museum in Maxville, and the athletes it honours. I have many fond memories, and I truly thank those working behind the scenes at the Hall for that.
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