November 24 marked a historic first. The Milton Sports’ Hall of Fame unveiled its first inductions. “Milton has 150 years of sports history, we will be catching up on this history at future induction ceremonies,” Board of Directors Chairman Joe Yaworski told a sold-out crowd at the Milton Sports Centre.
The volunteer group received several nominees in five categories. The inductees for 2016 are:
- Carole Murray (Builder): Thousands of Miltonians owe their swimming skills to Murray. She started teaching swimming out of her home, and it quickly grew into a business first in the plaza at the Derry Rd, and then later along Bronte St. Murray’s dedication and hard work won her Coach of the Year from the Government of Canada in 1988.
- Scott Hogarth (Athlete): Scott Hogarth is an 11-time world Champion, and holds black belts in seven different marital arts’ disciplines. He turned his passion into a business with Fighting Griffin Martial Arts’ School. He chose Milton because the community had been good to him.
- Campbellville Merchants (Team): The Intermediate Men’s Baseball Team won 11 Halton Country championships, and 12 Ontario titles with an overall record of :411-122-16 from 1952-1984. They played at the Old Campbellville ballpark on Sunday afternoons’, the only day farmers took time off. They drew thousands of fans from the surrounding countryside.
- Ed Whitlock (Athlete): Ed Whitlock didn’t start running marathons until his 60’s. At age 74 he became the first, and only person over the age of 70 to run a marathon in under 3 hours.
- John Tonelli (Athlete): An NHL superstar, he played most of his 17-year career with the New York Islanders where he won four straight Stanley Cup Championships. He finished his career with 325 goals, 511 assists for a total of 836 points in 1028 regular season games.
The new wall of fame is located inside the Milton Sports Centre’s south entrance. It contains displays on the five inductees, and an interactive component visitors can scroll through.
Videos from the evening’s ceremonies are up on our Facebook page