AC announces 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees; Crooks, Ottey, LeBlanc, Steen, Surin get call
Monday, April 30, 2012
OTTAWA- Athletics Canada is pleased to
announce today the five athletes, coach, builder and three in memoriam
inductees who will be enriched as part of the class of 2012. Charmaine Crooks of Vancouver, B.C., Milton
“Milt” Ottey of Toronto, Ont., Guillaume LeBlanc of Sept-Îles, Que., Dave Steen
of New Westminster, B.C., and Bruny Surin of Montreal, Que., will be inducted
in the athlete category. Lyle Sanderson
of Saskatoon, Sask., will join the hall in the coach category while Bob Adams of Saskatoon, Sask., enters as a builder.
Completing the class of 2012 are in memoriam inductees Myrtle Cook of
Toronto, Ont., Fred Foot from Toronto, Ont., and Harry Jerome of Prince Albert,
the overwhelming response to the first group of members inducted into the
Athletics Canada Hall of Fame last year, it is truly a pleasure to be able to
announce the names of the 2012 inductees,” said Dr. Danny Daniels, Vice Chair
of Athletics Canada and Chair of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “As well as honouring some of the outstanding
athletes who have more recently added to Canada's fine international
reputation, we are proud to remember the achievements of our past heroes and
acknowledge those whose commitment built the solid base upon which our sport
continues to grow in excellence today.”
The Class of
2012 will officially be inducted in conjunction with the Canadian Track and
Field Trials taking place in Calgary, Alta., June 27-30. CBC Sports Weekends’ Scott Russell will serve
as host of the official induction which will kick off “Hall of Fame Friday” at
the Trials on June 29.
Athletics Canada Hall of Fame
Class of 2012
Crooks is a five time Olympian and was the first Canadian woman to run under
two minutes in the 800-metres. She was a
national team member for an outstanding 17 years, notably winning silver at the
1984 Olympic Games in the 4x400-metres relay. Crooks is a three time Pan
American Games medallist (gold in 1983, silver in 1983 and 1987), a two time
Commonwealth Games medallist (gold in 1986, silver in 1994) and was selected to
carry the Canadian flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic
LeBlanc is a three time Olympian and the 1992 Olympic Games silver medallist in
the 20 kilometre race walk. LeBlanc won
gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and set the world record in the
30-kilometre race walk in a time of 2:04:56, a mark that still stands as the
Canadian record. LeBlanc also holds the
Canadian record in the 10000-metre race walk.
Ottey finished the 1982 competitive season as the number one world ranked high
jumper. Ottey was a finalist at the
Olympic Games and World Championships; he retired with a personal best of
2.33-metres. Ottey is a triple
Commonwealth Games medallist (gold in 1982 and 1986, bronze in 1990), won Pan
American Games bronze in 1979 and was eight-time national champion.
won bronze in the decathlon at the 1988 Olympic Games. The 1983 Pan American Games gold medallist
was the first Canadian to ever surpass the magic mark of 8000 points in the
decathlon. Steen was awarded the
Canadian Track and Field Associations’ (now Athletics Canada) most outstanding
athlete in field events award on four occasions. Steen remains active in Canadian sport as
Ambassador for Canada’s Fair Play Commission.
is a two time World Indoor Championship gold medallist in the 60-metres in 1993
and 1995. Surin also won silver at the
1995 and 1999 World Outdoor Championships in the 100-metres. At the 1996 Olympic Games he won gold as a
member of the 4x100-metres relay team.
Today he still holds the Canadian record over 60-metres (indoor),
100-metres, 200-metres (indoor) and as a member of the 4x100-metres relay team.
Adams’ involvement in the sport spanned many decades as an athlete, coach,
official and builder. Adams was well
suited for his years in coaching after competing as an athlete at the Olympic
and Commonwealth Games. He would later
serve as head coach at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and 1964 Olympic Games. In 1976 he was appointed chief judge of the
pole vault for the Montreal Olympic Games.
Bob is a founding member of the Saskatoon Track and Field Club and
currently sits on the Board of Director for the Bob Adams Foundation. The foundation supports athletes, coaches and
officials at the grassroots level.
Sanderson coached Olympians Diane Jones Konihowski and Joanne McTaggart, served
as head coach at the University of Saskatchewan for 39 years, leading them to
11 national and 33 conference titles.
Sanderson was named to the Canadian coaching staff of 54 Athletics
Canada national teams, including three Olympic Games (1976, 1980 and 1984), and
two World Championships (1993 and 2001). He is a two time recipient (1977,
1979) of the Canadian Track and Field Association (now Athletics Canada) Coach
of the Year award. In 2010 he was
awarded the Geoff Gowan Award for his lifetime contribution to coaching and
(1902-1985), participated in the first Olympic Games which allowed female
athletics competitors in 1928. She won
gold at those Games as a member of the 4x100-metres relay team. Earlier that same season, at the 1928 Olympic
Trials, she set the world record in the 100-metres. Cook went on to enjoy a
successful career in sports writing, using her position to positively advocate
for women in sport.
(1917-2002) is responsible for having developed some of the world’s best middle
distance runners in the 1950’s and 1960’s, athletes such as Bruce Kidd, Bill
Crothers, and George Sheppard. In 1956
Foot was named head coach of the Canadian Track and Field Olympic team and
coached at least one athlete on every Olympic Games team between 1948 and
1984. Foot recruited a bevy of current
successful coaches such as Andy Higgins, Carl Georgevski and Molly
Killingbeck. Foot coached at the East
York Track Club for 25 years and at the University of Toronto for 15 years.
Harry Jerome (1940-1982) is the only athlete to own both the 100 yard and 100-metres
world records simultaneously. Jerome
represented Canada at three Olympic Games (1960, 1964 and 1968), winning a
bronze medal in the 100-metres at the 1964 Games. Jerome, the 1966 Commonwealth Games and 1967
Pan American Games gold medallist, owned seven world records throughout his
information visit www.athletics.ca/halloffame.
inductees on Twitter: @charmainecrooks
(Charmaine Crooks) @BrunySurin (Bruny Surin)
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