Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Roy MacGregor was born in the small village of Whitney, Ontario in 1948. Prior to joining the Globe and Mail in 2002, he worked for the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, Maclean’s magazine, the Toronto Star and Canadian Magazine. Roy has won numerous awards for his journalism, including the National Newspaper Award, several National Magazine Awards and twice the ACTRA Award as the best television drama writer in the country.
MacGregor has covered both sports and politics in his journalism career, having spent 14 years on Parliament Hill prior to covering the Ottawa Senators and the National Hockey League for several years in the 1990s.
He is also the author of some 37 books.
When MacGregor was named an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005, the citation read: “One of our most gifted storytellers, Roy MacGregor is renowned for evoking the subtle nuances of our Canadian identity in his columns and books.”
MacGregor lives in Kanata, Ontario with his wife and four children.
From opening day in 1977 until his 2004 retirement, Tom Cheek was the "Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays". Over those 27 years, Cheek called 4,306 consecutive games. Game 6 of the 1993 World Series brought Cheek's iconic moment with his "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life."
In 2014, at the age of 17, Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls was already on top of the world as the number one ranked amateur woman in the world. An impressive year with two top 10 finishes. One at the LPGA US Open and another on the Canadian Woman’s Tour. In December of 2014, Brooke announced that she was turning pro. She started her pro career with promising results, winning the Suncoast Series Tour event in Winter Garden Florida in her first pro tournament.
In 1965, Symons was drafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers, but an injury led Vince Lombardi to cut him.
The next year he started his CFL career with the BC Lions playing 10 games, most at the defensive safety position. At the end of the 1966 season Symons was dealt to Toronto. In the 1967 season Symons picked up 349 yards rushing positioning himself as a starter.
Everything came together in 1968, when Symons rushed for 1,107 yards. He was the first Boatman, ever, to top the 1,000 yard plateau. Added to this record was his CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award, again a first for any Double Blue player, and a CFL All-Star at running back. The only thing missing was a trip to the Grey Cup, Unfortunately, their trip to the 59th Grey Cup ended in classic heartbreak.
In his final two seasons with the boatmen Symons' role was a blocking back rushing for 235 yards in 1972 and 358 in 1973. Symons called it quits after 1973. For his great performances as a running back, Symons was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Shawn O’Sullivan was crowned the Canadian junior champion in the light-middleweight division by the age of 16. By the early 1980s he was representing Canada abroad and was crowned the World Amateur Champion, as well as Canadian Athlete of the Year, in 1981. He won gold at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and was considered one of the favorites, along with American Frank Tate, in the division at the 1984 Summer Olympics. The Canadian fought Tate in a battle that most spectators, including Tate’s coach, believed that O’Sullivan won.
O’Sullivan turned professional after the Olympic Games and won sixteen of his first seventeen fights, losing only to Simon Brown, a future WBC Welter and Light-Middleweight Champion. He retired in 1997 with a career pro record of 23 (KO16)-5.
Sharif was born in Pakistan, and is the son of the legendary squash player Hashim Khan. Sharif settled in Canada in 1968, and came to dominate the professional hardball squash circuit for well over a decade. He captured every major North American hardball title, and won the North American Open (the most prestigious hardball title at the time) a record 12 times in 13 years between 1969 and 1981 (he reached the final 15 consecutive times between 1968 and 1982). He also won the US Professional Championships nine times in ten years between 1970 and 1979. In winning his final North American open title in 1981, Sharif beat his younger brother Aziz Khan in the final.
In 2004, Khan became the first non-US citizen to be inducted into to the United States Squash Racquets Association Hall of Fame.
Henley was drafted in 1960 by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in the 15th round (173rd overall), but chose to head to Canada, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he embarked on a 16 year career (1960 to 1975) of CFL greatness.
As a defensive back he intercepted 59 passes for 916 yards and 5 touchdowns, and was selected as an All Star nine times. An excellent two-way player, as a wide receiver he was an All Star for the 10th time in 1972. He also won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award that year in which the Tiger-Cats won the Grey Cup at their home field, Ivor Wynne Stadium. He played in 7 Grey Cup games, winning 4 of them.
Ski racer, born at Orangeville, Ontario. Graham started ski racing at age 9, and joined the National Ski team in 1978. In 1983, she won the first FIS World Cup race held in Canada, the Women’s Downhill at Mont Tremblant. In 1984, at Puy St-Vincent, France, she became the first Canadian to win a World Cup Super Giant Slalom race. In the 1985-86 season, she notched two more World Cup Downhill victories along with two second and three third place finishes; she retired after winning a total of 6 World Cup races.
Roberto Alomar was born on February 5, 1968, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In 1988, Alomar started his career in Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres. In 1991, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he thrived as a hitter and second baseman. He earned 10 American League Gold Glove Awards throughout his career. He was also named Most Valuable Player at the 1989 All -Star Game. Alomar moved to the Baltimore Orioles in 1996. He also played for the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Devils Rays before retiring in 2005.