Kenny Wal­cott named to Cape Bre­ton Sport Hall of Fame.

Ken Wal­cott to be in­ducted into Cape Bre­ton Sport Hall of Fame on June 3

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

This story is the first in a se­ries chron­i­cling this year’s in­ductees into the Cape Bre­ton Sport Hall of Fame.

A stand­out ca­reer on the di­a­mond and the grid­iron has earned Ken Wal­cott a spot in the Cape Bre­ton Sport Hall of Fame.

He’s one of three ath­letes along with a team and a builder be­ing in­ducted on June 3 at the an­nual Cape Bre­ton Sport Her­itage Awards at Cen­tre 200.

“When I first got the call, the first thing I thought of was my Lit­tle League days go­ing back to the peo­ple who in­vested so much time in us as kids, guys like Kenny Tracey, Vin­cent Nick­elo in par­tic­u­lar,” said Wal­cott, 48, who now lives in Toronto. “It brings back a lot of mem­o­ries grow­ing up there and es­pe­cially the peo­ple who put so much time into our de­vel­op­ment.”

Wal­cott played Lit­tle League in Glace Bay. In 1989, he played for Team Nova Sco­tia at the Canada Games. With the Syd­ney Soon­ers of the Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Baseball League, the out­fielder was an all-star in 1990 and 1991, and earned league MVP hon­ours in his sec­ond sea­son. In 2003, he was named to Baseball Nova Sco­tia’s all-cen­tury team.

With the Soon­ers, Wal­cott would play along­side his broth­ers, Richie and Shel­don, and cousin, Ch­ester Bor­den.

“We al­ways played baseball,” said Ken, who praised Soon­ers man­ager Jim (Rico) McEach­ern for the time he put in. “My fam­ily, the seven of us, we grew up in Glace Bay and that’s where we started play­ing baseball. It’s all we did, baseball in the summer and hockey in the win­ter on the ponds.”

In foot­ball, Wal­cott was first in­tro­duced to the sport at Syd­ney Academy. Af­ter a year at Dal­housie Univer­sity, he trans­ferred to Saint Mary’s where he’d play un­der leg­endary coach Larry Uteck with the Huskies. It’s there where his ca­reer as a de­fen­sive back would take off.

Wal­cott was a starter in his fresh­man year in 1988, on a team that won the At­lantic Bowl and com­peted in the Vanier Cup na­tional cham­pi­onship. He won the stu­dent ath­lete com­mu­nity ser­vice award in the At­lantic Uni­ver­si­ties Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (AUAA) in 1990, and was also the At­lantic con­fer­ence nom­i­nee for the na­tional Russ Jack­son Award. The next year, he was an AUAA all-star and a first team all-Cana­dian.

“From the first day in camp, (Uteck) took me un­der his wing,” said Wal­cott. “He told me that I was go­ing to play at a higher level than this and he kept his prom­ise to de­velop me to get me there.”

His play in univer­sity wouldn’t go un­no­ticed. Wal­cott was se­lected by the Ot­tawa Rough Rid­ers in the sec­ond round, No. 11 over­all, in the 1992 Cana­dian Foot­ball League draft.

He’d play four sea­sons in the CFL, with Ot­tawa and the Toronto Argonauts.

“Hav­ing peo­ple to men­tor you and to lean on was great,” he said of his first sea­son in Ot­tawa. “My room­mate was a for­mer NFL player and I learned a ton from him.”

Although a foot in­jury cut Wal­cott’s foot­ball ca­reer short, he would join the RCMP where he’s been work­ing for the past two decades. He’s cur­rently a sergeant work­ing the Hamil­ton/Ni­a­gara area. In 2012, he was among a hand­ful of other RCMP of­fi­cers to es­cort the Grey Cup dur­ing the league’s 100th cham­pi­onship game in Toronto.

Wal­cott was also busy coach­ing both foot­ball and baseball. While sta­tioned in British Columbia early in his ca­reer, he coached the Kam­loops Bron­cos of the Cana­dian Ju­nior Foot­ball League, and served as a player coach with the Kam­loops Black Sox baseball team from 2000-05, where he earned all-star hon­ours in 2002.

Wal­cott will at­tend the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony with his fi­ancé, Jenn, and their kids, Meara and Cole. Tick­ets for the cer­e­mony are $35 and avail­able by call­ing Mackie MacIn­tyre at 902-8712543.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/KEN WAL­COTT

RCMP of­fi­cer Ken Wal­cott, mid­dle, helps es­cort the Grey Cup dur­ing the Cana­dian Foot­ball League com­mis­sioner’s brunch at the Fair­mont Royal York in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2012. To the right are then Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper and his wife, Lau­reen Harper.

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