Pay­ing trib­ute

New Water­ford and Dis­trict Sports Her­itage Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony

Cape Breton Post - - GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY NEW WATER­FORD smont­gomery@cb­post.com

The public is in­vited to help New Water­ford celebrate some more of their own le­gends in sports, to­day. The New Water­ford and Dis­trict Sports Her­itage Hall of Fame will be in­duct­ing five new mem­bers, two teams and two in­di­vid­u­als for spe­cial achieve­ments, dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the KOC hall, at 7 p.m. “It will be an in­ter­est­ing night for sure, a high­light,” said Ron Mac­Don­ald, a mem­ber of the New Water­ford and Dis­trict Sports Her­itage Hall of Fame com­mit­tee. Mac­Don­ald said it would be nice for peo­ple to come out and help pay trib­ute to the sports icons from pre­vi­ous years. “A lot of peo­ple come from out of town - we get a lot of visi­tors.” The five in­di­vid­u­als to be in­ducted, with a lit­tle back­ground pro­vided by of­fi­cials from the hall of fame, in­clude: • Johnny Nemis, box­ing - build­ing cat­e­gory: “He’s a renowned fighter in his own right. Nemis trained Blair Richard­son in his early ca­reer.” • Fred Con­nors Sr., ath­lete - bas­ket­ball: “He was a light­en­ing quick guard for the 1947 Strands bas­ket­ball team who won the Cana­dian In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle. Gen­er­ally con­sid­ered best Cape Bre­ton bas­ket­ball player of his era.” • Karl Marsh, ath­lete/builder - base­ball and bas­ket­ball: “Star base­ball player. Played on 1959 Giants pro­vin­cial and mar­itime champs. Sharp shoot­ing guard for the New Water­ford Strands bas­ket­ball team, peren­nial Nova Sco­tia champs.” • Joe (Pounder) Cormier, ath­lete - base­ball: “Ver­sa­tile base­ball player, played pro­fes­sion­ally in the Que­bec pro­vin­cial league with Grandy and Sher­brooke and semi pro with the Kentville Wild­cats of the same H& D league (Hal­i­fax and Dis­trict). He also played on the 1946 New Water­ford Strands Hockey team, which won the Cape Bre­ton se­nior hockey ti­tle. • Bruce Camp­bell, ath­lete - hockey: “Renowned hockey stal­wart. Led New Water­ford Jets and North River P.E.I. Win­ner of Cap­stick award with North River as top ju­nior hockey tier two player in Canada. A pro­lific scorer wher­ever he played in­clud­ing the tough New­found­land se­nior league and won the Allen cup with Truro. Two teams were also se­lected to be in­ducted, The St. Agnes High School 1962 Nova Sco­tia High School Soc­cer Champs and the 1963 Mount Carmel High School pro­vin­cial soc­cer champs. “I think the year Mount Carmel won the ‘A’ di­vi­sion, Cen­tral High School won the ‘B’ di­vi­sion. That will tell you what kind of soc­cer teams are in New Water­ford. That was a town with three schools.” Spe­cial achieve­ment awards will go to Rus­sell Mac­Don­ald for har­ness rac­ing and Mike Camp­bell, for hockey. “Mike Camp­bell, still play­ing com­pet­i­tive hockey at age 89. Played for New Vic­to­ria Ea­gles in his hey­day and is still go­ing strong. “Rus­sell Mac­Don­ald - old­est har­ness rac­ing driver rac­ing in Canada at the age of 85. Raced com­pet­i­tively in seven decades. Re­cently won at North­side against much young driver with ‘Grand­tac­u­lar,’ a horse he also trains.” Tick­ets to the cer­e­mony are $30 and in­clude a meal. Any­one wish­ing to pur­chase a ticket is asked to tele­phone Gaye Desveaux, 902-862-8959.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO BY RON MAC­DON­ALD

Shown here are the mem­bers of the St Agnes High School ‘B’ Soc­cer team, Nova Sco­tia Soc­cer champs of 19621963. This team will be in­ducted into the New Water­ford Sports Hall of Fame and Her­itage dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the KOC hall to­day at 7 p.m., along with five in­di­vid­u­als, a sec­ond team and two in­di­vid­u­als for spe­cial achieve­ments.

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