Sports hall names Class of 2018

Five new in­ductees for Nor­folk Sports Hall of Recog­ni­tion

Simcoe Reformer - - SPORTS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON jrobin­[email protected] post­media. com

A hand­ful of names syn­ony­mous with ath­letic suc­cess make up the Nor­folk County Sports Hall of Recog­ni­tion Class of 2018.

David Bal­dock, the late Paul David­son, David Ed­monds, Jim Mer­rick, and Peter Timpf have all been called to the hall for ac­com­plish­ments both on and off the field.

Bal­dock, a long­time Sim­coe res­i­dent, has ex­celled in the in­ter­na­tional sport of ori­en­teer­ing. This ath­letic en­deav­our com­bines rac­ing and nav­i­ga­tion with a com­pass through di­verse and of­ten un­fa­mil­iar ter­rain. Bal­dock has medalled at events through­out North Amer­ica and holds both Cana­dian and pro­vin­cial ti­tles. Lo­cally, he helped to es­tab­lish ori­en­teer­ing cour­ses and en­rich­ment pro­grams for pub­lic school chil­dren.

David­son’s re­sume in­cludes cham­pi­onships in bas­ket­ball, lacrosse, hockey, and curl­ing, but he is most rec­og­nized for be­ing part of the mixed pairs na­tional and pro­vin­cial lawn bowl­ing cham­pi­onships along­side part­ner Muriel La­plante. David­son was also a well­re­spected coach at Delhi Pub­lic School and Sim­coe Com­pos­ite School. He served as a sight coach/ guide for blind golfers and curlers at the pro­vin­cial and na­tional level.

For over 50 years, Ed­monds has been known as a ded­i­cated builder and coach of hockey, soc­cer, and base­ball in the com­mu­ni­ties of Delhi, Sim­coe, and Till­son­burg. Whether he was on an ex­ec­u­tive, coach­ing from the side­lines or of­fi­ci­at­ing in some ca­pac­ity, he tried to pro­vide the best op­por­tu­nity he could for all par­tic­i­pants. For­mer ath­letes de­scribe Ed­monds as an out­stand­ing leader that in­stilled the val­ues of hard work and sports­man­ship.

Mer­rick is the sec­ond Cana­dian Foot­ball League alum to en­ter the hall. The Sim­coe prod­uct was a stand­out for the SCS Sabres be­fore lin­ing up with Mcgill Univer­sity and even­tu­ally the CFL’S Hamil­ton Tiger- Cats. With the Tab­bies, Mer­rick suited up with fel­low Nor­folk na­tive, Mcgill alum and Class of 2017 mem­ber John Mac­don­ald.

Mer­rick also ex­celled in the sport of shot put, win­ning a pro­vin­cial univer­sity cham­pi­onship and com­pet­ing at the na­tional level. Back home in Nor­folk, Mer­rick be­came a suc­cess­ful coach, lead­ing the Water­ford Wolves to mul­ti­ple Haldimand- Nor­folk Bowl ti­tles and serv­ing as a men­tor to many ath­letes, in­clud­ing twotime Grey Cup Cham­pion Shane Bergman of Teeter­ville.

Port Dover’s Timpf is be­ing rec­og­nized as a builder of sport for the lake­side com­mu­nity. For more than 30 years, Timpf has served on ex­ec­u­tives, coached, and spear­headed fundrais­ing and mem­ber­ship drives for the Port Dover Fig­ure Skat­ing Club, Port Dover Mi­nor Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the On­tario Ru­ral Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ( ORSA). He has suc­cess­fully coached two fe­male teams to ORSA pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships and an­other to an Eastern Cana­dian Cham­pi­onship. Many credit him for serv­ing as a men­tor who in­spires them to vol­un­teer with sport and ser­vice club or­ga­ni­za­tions in the com­mu­nity.

Timpf’s daugh­ter, Me­gan, com­peted at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the Cana­dian soft­ball team.

“We’re ex­tremely pleased with this ex­tremely eclec­tic group,” said Mark Bo­erkamp, the hall’s chair­per­son.

The 2017 and 2018 classes will be rec­og­nized at a gala event on July 13 at the Hun­gar­ian Hall in Delhi. On that evening the Sports Hall will also ac­knowl­edge its 25th an­niver­sary.

“We’re very ex­cited about this event com­ing up be­cause we are cel­e­brat­ing our 25th an­niver­sary, which is kind of unique, and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to rec­og­niz­ing the nine in­ductees that are go­ing to be com­ing into the hall,” Bo­erkamp said.

Con­trib­uted Photo

Jim Mer­rick, right, has been named a mem­ber of the Nor­folk County Sports Hall of Recog­ni­tion. Mer­rick will join fel­low Mcgill alum/ for­mer CFLER and Class of 2017 mem­ber John Mac­don­ald, left, at an in­duc­tion cer­e­mony this sum­mer.

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