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athletes, two builders, and one team will have their extraordinary
accomplishments recognized when they are inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport
Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at the World Trade and
Convention Centre in Halifax.
year’s athletes include two Olympic/Paralympic medalists: Ray Downey and Andrew Haley.
Ray is one of Nova Scotia’s most
decorated amateur boxers, with an impressive professional record to accompany
his Olympic bronze, while Andrew is
one of para-swimming’s greatest success stories, with a world record and
numerous World Championship and Paralympic wins.
sensation Chris Flynn and Canadian Champion
and Olympic gymnast David Kikuchi
will also join the Hall of Fame this year. Chris
is a CIS record-holder for his outstanding career as a quarterback who won
three Hec Crighton awards, and David is
a back-to-back All-Around Canadian Champion with unparalleled results in
the Builder category, Lowell Cormier
has poured over five decades of dedication into building sport in Cape Breton
including establishing numerous athletic facilities and the prestigious New
Waterford Coal Bowl Classic, and Jim
Bottomley has an unmatched record for leading Junior A hockey teams to
success, including the province’s only team to ever win a national title.
talented inductee class is completed by the 1995 Dalhousie Tigers Men’s Soccer Team, which earned its
first-rate status by being the only men’s soccer team from a Nova Scotian
university to win a CIS Championship.
television news host at CBC Charlottetown, an accomplished CBC sport
play-by-play man, colour commentator and event host, will be master of
ceremonies, helping the inductees share their stories with humour and poignancy
for his 17th time on the induction stage.
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is a closer look at the Nova Scotia sport heroes who will be honoured for their
accomplishments at the Induction Awards Night this fall:
Downey brought home Olympic bronze in 1988, which is just one
of the Halifax-born boxer’s many impressive achievements. With an amateur
record of 160 wins and 20 losses, and a professional record of 16 wins (half by
knock out), 1 draw, and 2 losses, Ray was a force to be reckoned with during
his 14 years of competition. He won gold and was named best boxer at the 1987
Canada Winter games before going on to compete at two Olympics (his bronze
medal win in 1988 and the following Games in 1992). 1990 was a banner year for
Ray, when he claimed silver at the Commonwealth Games, silver at the World Cup
of Boxing, and gold at the President’s Cup. A powerhouse at the national level,
he also has three bronze and two gold medals from Canada Cup competition, and
three gold and one silver from the Canadian Senior Boxing Championships.
Raised in North Sydney, Andrew Haley overcame incredible odds on his journey to becoming a
world champion swimmer and five-time Paralympic medal winner. After surviving
cancer as a young kid, Andrew was determined not to let the loss of part of his
right leg and left lung prevent him from being a world-class athlete. He has
won medals at three Paralympic Games, achieving bronze in 1992, two bronze in
1996, and gold and bronze in 2000. Andrew then stormed the 2002 World
Championships with a gold and two bronze-medal finishes, plus a world record in
the 100-metre butterfly. This followed his 1998 Worlds performance, where he
dominated with two gold, one silver, and one bronze. He also claimed three
bronze at the 1994 World Championships, gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games,
and three bronze at the 2007 Para Pan Am Games.
Kikuchi of Fall River was a top-level competitor in the world
of gymnastics for almost two decades. Having competed in 20 consecutive
Canadian Championships, David has earned his distinction as a national
all-around champion. He won back to back senior national titles in 2006 and
2007, as well as contributing top scores to team Canada’s best-ever results at
the 2006 World Championships. David also placed second all-around at the 2002,
2004, and 2008 Canadian Championships, and third all-around in 2003 and 2005
national competition. Additionally he has placed first in many individual
events, while also representing Canada internationally at the 2004 and 2008
Olympic Games. A competitor in five World Championships, David did
exceptionally well in 2003 and 2007 by ranking 20th in the world—one
of the highest-ever rankings for a Canadian male gymnast. He will join his
father, gymnastics coach Tak Kikuchi, in the Hall of Fame.
Born in Buckingham, Quebec, Chris Flynn came to Nova Scotia to begin his legendary career as a
quarterback for Saint Mary’s University. A starter for the Huskies from 1987 to
1990, Chris holds the top two single-season performances in university football
history for passing touchdowns (27 and 30). He has a Canadian Interuniversity Sport
(CIS) record of 87 career touchdown passes and is the only player in history to
receive three Hec Crighton trophies for being the most outstanding CIS football
player. Chris led the Huskies to four Atlantic conference championships,
earning himself recognition as a four-time Atlantic University Sport (AUS)
All-Star and three-time CIS All-Canadian. He went on to play with the Montreal
Machine of NFL Europe and with the Ottawa Roughriders before playing four
seasons in France. Chris’ accomplishments have been previously honoured by his
induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Dalhousie Tigers Men’s Soccer Team is the first and only Nova Scotia men’s
university soccer team to win the CIS Championship. With two previous Atlantic
conference wins between 1990 and 1995, the team had an undefeated regular
season in 1995, earning them a place in the national tournament. They cinched the
Canadian university title without a single loss, defeating the Golden Bears, a
powerhouse team, 3-1 in a daunting final match that took place in a snow storm.
With 13 local Nova Scotians on the squad, the team produced five AUS All-Stars,
the AUS Rookie of the Year, two CIS Tournament All-Stars, and the CIS
Tournament MVP. The stellar roster of players and coaching staff includes: Trevor Chisholm, Mike Hudson, Sean
Pedersen, Graeme Allardice, Stephen Cormier, Marc Rainford, Matthew Serieys, Jeff
Hyles, Mike Ayyash, Chris Devlin, Paul English, Ante Jazic, Dave McFarlane,
Gregor MacAskill, Eric Pinfold, Chad Denny, Chad Thorpe, Mark Ellis, Jeff
Hibberts, Ian Kent (head coach), Keith
Souchereau (assistant coach), Jamie
Sawler (assistant coach), Darrell
Cormier (assistant coach), and Paul
Cormier of New Waterford has been an instrumental force in
the development of basketball and baseball in Nova Scotia, with almost five
decades of coaching experience in the two sports and a legacy of sport
facilities and associations built through his initiative. He is well known as
founding member and Vice Chairman of the New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic, a
national high school basketball tournament that is considered the most prestigious
in the country and is accompanied by a Mini Coal Bowl for elementary school teams.
Associate Coach of the 2010 AUS men’s basketball champions, Lowell was project lead on
many community athletic facilities, including a turf soccer field and outdoor
fitness facilities that were the first of their kind in Cape Breton. A key
facilitator of major sporting events such as the 1987 Canada Games, he is
organizer, founder, and Past President of both the New Waterford Minor Baseball
and Basketball Associations. Lowell is the recipient of numerous awards,
including the 2010 Frank Baldwin award, the 2012 Hugh Noble Award, and the 2013
Ricoh Sport Nova Scotia Chair Award.
Bottomley is the winningest coach in Maritime Junior A hockey history with
ten Maritime Junior A Hockey League titles. As a Junior A hockey coach for over
30 years, Jim has harnessed the talent of many Nova Scotian hockey teams
including the Halifax Lions, the Bridgewater Lumberjacks, and the Amherst
Ramblers (the latter two of which he was also general manager). He coached the
first and only Nova Scotian team to a national title when the Halifax Oland
Exports won the Royal Bank Cup in 2002. He is two-time winner of Hockey Nova
Scotia’s Coach of the Year award, and his Oland Export team was the recipient
of the 2002 Fred Fox Award for Male Team of the Year. A long-time supporter
both developmentally and financially of Junior A Hockey in Halifax (especially
at the Forum), Jim was a star player himself and the first-ever player to have
his number (#8) retired by Dalhousie University.