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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

STAR-STUDDED CLASS ENTERS HALL OF FAME IN 2015

Four 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.

This 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.

Football 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 international competition.

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.

This 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.  

Bruce Rainnie, 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.

Tickets are on sale now by calling (902)404-3321 or emailing karolyn@nsshf.com. Online at nsshf.com.

Here is a closer look at the Nova Scotia sport heroes who will be honoured for their accomplishments at the Induction Awards Night this fall:

Ray 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.

David 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.

The 1995 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 Repp (manager).

Lowell 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.

Halifax-native Jim 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.