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Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
Ashton, Whitmore and Olympians among Class of 2019
by Randy Pascal

Nine individuals and one team will comprise the Class of 2019 as the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame confirmed their most recent slate of additions to be feted on June 12th at the Caruso Club.

Among the new entries is former soccer professional and current owner/operator of the Northern Soccer Academy, Brian Ashton, as well as former NHL goaltender and current league employee, Kay Whitmore.

Headlining the "Administration Category" is Dan Lee, co-chairman of the 2010 Ontario Summer Games and founder of OPP Strike Force, a not-for-profit group that has sponsored local minor sports teams for the past three decades and more.

Lee will be joined in this grouping by accomplished hockey and fastball talent and one-time Vice-President of Sotfball Canada, Don Prescott, as well as the late Jim Richardson, tennis player/coach/administrator, the man largely credited with bringing the Sudbury Indoor Tennis Club to fruition in 1993.

Sonny Gawalko, former hockey coach at Sudbury Secondary and a man whose volunteer involvement with organizations such as both the Big Nickel Hockey Tournament and the Silver Stick Hockey Tournament, as well as serving as the voice of the SDSSAA Track & Field Championships, for the better part of the past 40 years, is also being recognized in the Class of 2019.

A pair of former Olympians are being honoured, post-humously, with family and friends of both Don Stringer (sprint canoe - 1956 in Melbourne; 1960 in Rome) and Leo Roininen (javelin - 1948 in London) expected to be on hand.

A long-time counterpart of double gold medal winner Alex Baumann from her time with the Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club, Jennifer Campbell-Michel will be celebrated for her impressive accomplishments in the pool.

Rounding out the group are the 2007-2008 Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves, the local midget "AAA" hockey team which captured the Telus Cup national championship that spring in Arnprior.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Dinner are currently available ($60/person; $25/age 12 and under) at the House of Kin on Regent Street, or by contacting Chris Sheridan at (705) 522-9682.

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