Cel­e­brat­ing sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

The 18th an­nual Cel­e­bra­tion of Sig­nif­i­cant Peo­ple din­ner will cen­tre on track and field and ed­u­ca­tion, hon­our­ing 10 in­di­vid­u­als who’ve had long ca­reers in one or the other, and of­ten both.

The din­ner, which high­lights peo­ple from Hamil­ton and area who’ve made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity, will be held May 17 at Michelangelo Ban­quet Cen­tre.

Pro­ceeds help sup­port the John Wis­mer Schol­ar­ship Fund and the Brain Tu­mour Foun­da­tion.

This year’s event will give spe­cial recog­ni­tion to the dom­i­nant 1960s track and field team from South­mount Sec­ondary School and to Clare Crozier, who coached track for the Hamil­ton Spar­tan Track Club and is a re­cip­i­ent of the Lieu­tenant-Gover­nor’s Her­itage Award for life­time achieve­ment.

Also be­ing hon­oured are: Dr. Russ Weil, ed­u­ca­tor and mu­si­cian, and di­rec­tor of Hamil­ton All-Star Jazz Bands; Al Duncan, the for­mer cross-coun­try star who has taught and coached run­ning for 32 years; Bill Urie, an On­tario col­lege cham­pion dis­tance run­ner at Mo­hawk, who coached at Mac, has been a Hamil­ton Olympic Club di­rec­tor and or­ga­nizes many ma­jor track and field meets in this area; Dan Clark, pres­i­dent of the 91st High­landers Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion, which runs the Hamil­ton In­door Games; teacher/coach Jim Simp­son, a na­tional cham­pion in the mile re­lay and for­mer CANUSA Games chair; Jim Weather­bee who has coached high school bas­ket­ball for 34 years, and has been

at Salt­fleet the last 15 years; Ken Hall, pres­i­dent of Spar­tan Track and Field club and coach of 15 city school cham­pi­onship teams; Russ Evans, who has coached at four dif­fer­ent Hamil­ton high schools and was cap­tain of the McMaster cross-coun­try team; and Les­lie Taylor, a mem­ber of the Aquat­ics Hall of Fame (2015) who has spent more than 50 years as an in­struc­tor, of­fi­cial, judge, head coach and or­ga­nizer in syn­chro­nized swim­ming. Tick­ets are $40 each. To re­serve a seat, send a cheque to Richard Bosher at 45 An­der­son Court, An­caster, L9G 4Z7, or email richard bosher22@gmail.com.

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