In­ductee re­cov­ers from fall

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff – With notes from Mar­garet Caldbick

Maxville res­i­dent Ge­orge Cur­rier is re­cov­er­ing after tak­ing a tum­ble off the stage dur­ing the an­nual Glen­garry Sports Hall of Fame in­duc­tion din­ner in Alexan­dria last week.

While pos­ing next to his por­trait, Mr. Cur­rier stepped back and caught his heel on part of the frame­work hold­ing the cur­tain be­hind the in­ductees’ chairs. He took a hard fall straight back­wards off the back of the five­foot stage.

Mr. Cur­rier was im­me­di­ately taken by am­bu­lance to Corn­wall hos­pi­tal where a se­ries of scans was per­formed. He was re­leased the next morn­ing. De­spite a nasty gash where his head hit the ce­ment floor of the Billy Geb­bie Arena, Mr. Cur­rier has no bro­ken bones but is badly bruised and shaken.

The prom­i­nent ci­ti­zen re­mains in good spir­its. He and his fam­ily want to re­mem­ber the in­duc­tion din­ner for what it was up un­til the fall – namely “a won­der­ful night with friends and fam­ily and many sup­port­ers from the com­mu­nity.”

Rod­ney Shep­herd, a past pres­i­dent of the Sports Hall of Fame, says he con­tacted Mr. Cur­rier after the ac­ci­dent to see how he was do­ing and that he thanked the hall for a won­der­ful evening.

Hot venue

The tem­per­a­ture in the arena that evening was very high. The

Glen­garry News re­porter Mar­garet Caldbick, who cov­ered the event, said “by the time the evening was wind­ing up at 10 p.m., the heat and hu­mid­ity in the area had risen to an un­com­fort­able level.”

Mr. Shep­herd says that due to the pop­u­lar­ity of the event, the arena sur­faces are the only venues large enough to host the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony.

“We have an av­er­age of 400 peo­ple at­tend every year but we’ve had as many as 500 in the past,” he says.

He adds that the din­ner ro­tates among the are­nas in Alexan­dria, Maxville, and Wil­liamstown. None of them has air con­di­tion- ing.

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