Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

Monday, 17 March 2014 12:51

2003 Syl Apps Award - Mike Weir

On April 13, 2003, Weir won the prestigious Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia, one of the four major tournaments in men's golf. He is the first Canadian male ever to win a professional major championship. In June Weir tied for third at the U.S. Open, the second of the majors in the annual schedule, which moved him to third in the Official World Golf Rankings, his highest ranking. For his outstanding play in 2003, Weir won the Lou Marsh Trophy for outstanding Canadian athlete of the year and for a time in 2003 and 2004 he was in the top ten in PGA Tour player rankings.

Monday, 17 March 2014 12:47

2004 Syl Apps Award - Adam Van Koeverden

In 2005, van Koeverden won two medals at the 2005 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia: a silver in the K-1 1000 m and a bronze in the K-1 500 m.

Monday, 17 March 2014 12:41

2005 Syl Apps Award - Damon Allen

As quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts, Damon reached the 5,000-yard passing plateau for the first time in his 21-year CFL career by posting a 34-11 victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The win guaranteed Toronto a first-place finish in the CFL East plus home field advantage in the playoffs. In 2005, Allen won his first CFL's Outstanding Player Award.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 20:00

2008 Syl Apps Award - Eric Lamaze

Mr. Lamaze had an outstanding year in 2008. He helped the Canadian Olympic Equestrian team achieve historic success by winning team silver and an individual gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He finished the year Ranked # 1 in the world in the Rolex World Rankings. In twenty-eight competitions, Mr. Lamaze finished 1st an astounding twenty times while finishing 2nd six times.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 20:00

2009 Syl Apps Award - Daniel Nestor

Mr. Nestor had his finest year in 2009. During the season on the ATP World Tour Nestor claimed nine doubles titles, the most he has ever won in a single season, including the successful title defence at Wimbledon on his way to becoming the first Canadian tennis player to surpass $1,000,000 in earnings in a single tennis year. Along with his partner Nenad Zimonjic, he spent 13 weeks ranked # 1 in the world. He has now been atop the world ranking a total of 64 weeks in his career. Daniel is one of only five men to have won the Golden Slam joining Agassi, Federer, Woodbridge and Woodforde as the only players to have won all four majors and an Olympic gold medal. Daniel has contributed significantly to the community with his annual invitational tournament at Toronto’s Donalda Club where he has helped raise over $600,000 for the North York Hospital and Tennis Canada’s Go for Gold program since 2003.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 20:00

2010 Syl Apps Award - Joey Votto

Joseph Daniel "Joey" Votto (born September 10, 1983) is a Canadian-born Major League Baseball first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. He was drafted out of high school (Richview Collegiate Insititute) in the 2002 MLB amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Votto first few seasons were quiet but he burst onto the scence in 2004 and improved steadily with 2010 being a banner year. He was named the 2010 NL MVP, the recipient of the National League Hank Aaron Award for 2010, and won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year in 2010. Votto is only the 3rd Canadian to win the National League MVP award.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 20:00

2011 Syl Apps Award - Patrick Chan

All he'd really wanted to do – back there at age 5 – was learn to skate so that he could play hockey. The skating, itself turned out to be so cool, though, that ... well, stuff happens.

And today, Patrick Chan, men's world champion two times running, Canadian champ five times and counting and Lou Marsh Trophy winner as Canada's athlete of the year, gets to hang with hockey guys at Hall of Fame to-dos like this. And sometimes collect a Syl Apps Award while he's there.

"It's cool to be put next to Wayne Gretzky and Wendel Clark who are legends in Canada," Chan noted earlier this year. "I'm not there yet but maybe one day ...."

Of course, the guy's getting fairly well on in years. You know, having to confront the big 22 this coming New Year's Eve and all. Which would mean, of course, that he'd been a 17-year-old for mere weeks when he won his first Canadian senior title in January of '08. And just-turned 19 when he placed what some felt was a "disappointing" fifth at the Vancouver Games.

But the guy has hardly lost since – and not at all in 2011-2012 when, besides the Worlds and the Canadians, he also struck gold at Skate Canada, Trophee Bompard, Four Continents and the Grand Prix final.

Which is why he's confident things will be much different for him when, less than 17 months from now, he turns up in Sochi, Russia. "In Vancouver, I got the shock of being in the Olympics out of the way," Chan was telling reporters this spring. "The first Olympics is about being able to manage the big media attention. It’s a very unique thing that we don’t experience at all as amateur athletes until we get to the Olympics. (But) what I think was a disadvantage to me was thinking the Olympics were something much bigger than it actually is. "

I learned a lot from the minute I stepped into the opening ceremony. I started a new chapter in my life and my career as a skater and it will make things a lot easier when I get to Sochi. "This time I feel different ... I’ll be expecting better results. I’m much more physically sound and mentally sound, because I don’t have any doubts in my mind."

So maybe, right back here a couple of years from now, we'll have an Apps for that.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 20:00

2012 Syl Apps Award - Rosie MacLennan

Rosie MacLennan trains at Skyrider's Trampoline Place in Richmond Hill, Ontario with coach, David Ross. She has competed internationally at various levels since 1999. In 2006 she paired with her training partner, the double Olympian Karen Cockburn, in synchronized trampoline and since then the pair have dominated the event internationally winning eight consecutive World Cup events including the World Cup Finals in Birmingham in 2006. In the 2007 World Championships in Quebec City they again won the event. The pair hold the current female synchronized trampoline routine world record for difficulty with a DD of 14.20 which they scored in April 2007 at the Lake Placid Trampoline World Cup. Her results at the 2007 World Championships qualified her for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Following the 2007 World Championships, MacLennan came in second place in the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational Tournament, a competition held to test the facilities and organization for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In June 2008, she was selected to join Karen Cockburn and Jason Burnett as one of Canada's three trampoline gymnasts at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In the trampoline preliminary competition, she qualified in 3rd place for the Finals but eventually finished in 7th place.

After the 2008 Olympics, MacLennan won the 2009 Canadian Women's Individual title. She came in 4th place for individual trampoline in the 2009 Trampoline World Championships in St Petersburg and 3rd place for individual trampoline in the 2010 Trampoline World Championships in Metz. In 2011, she again won the Canadian Championships and came in 1st place at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and 2nd place in the 2011 Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham which won a place for Canadian women in the Trampoline event for the 2012 London Olympics.

Her next major competition was at the 2012 Gymnastics Olympic Test Event held in the same location as the Olympics. MacLennan won that event against some of the Olympic competitors that she would later face. In May 2012 she suffered a concussion and had to be cautious in her training missing the 2012 Canadian Trampoline Championships. However, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she put on her best performance ever with a finals routine of 57.305, which was the gold medal winning score for Canada. This was the first and only gold medal for Canada at these games and the first Canadian trampoline gold medal ever.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 20:00

2010 Sandy Hawley Award - Mort Greenberg

The 2010 Ontario Sports Hall of Fame event saw the inaugural presentation of the Sandy Hawley Award. This award recognizes a sports-connected personality dedicated to community service.

This 2010 Sandy Hawley Award winner was Mort Greenberg.

A former oustanding sports television cameraman, Mort for more than 30 years raised funds for both the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun Christmas funds, raising thousands of dollars annually for these worthy charities.

Famous for his thank you Christmas cards he would send to all those who contributed, Mort became an icon in the sports community, as he literally went from arena to arena seeking donations to help the kids at Christmas. He curled for many years in the Sportsmens Curling League at the Royal Canadian Curling Club, and in the past was a pretty good baseball player, for what was then called, the 'Lizzies, Playground teams.

A very well deserved honour, the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame is proud to salute Mort Greenberg as the 2010 winner of the Sandy Hawley Award.

Congratulations, Mort, and thank you for your tireless efforts.

Monday, 17 March 2014 11:43

2011 Sandy Hawley Award - Adriano Belli

Adriano was born and raised in Toronto. A standout of the Central Tech football program, he was able to earn a scholarship at the University of Houston where he starred as a defensive tackle. Belli was drafted in the CFL but opted for the NFL and XFL instead before finally joining the Lions in 2001. After stints in BC, Montreal and Hamilton, Belli finally landed with the hometown Argos in 2007. This 6’5, 289 pound defensive tackle made quite a reputation for himself on the field as a devastating hitter and debilitating tackler. But off the field, it was a totally different story. Adriano got the nickname "The Kissing Bandit" for the affectionate way he greets those he meets. Early in his career, Belli began donating his time and efforts to set up his Big Kiss Fund, which has raised thousands of dollars for the Hospital For Sick Children.

After 11 years of pro football, Belli retired this past spring to become more involved with the family meat packing business. But he continues to be heavily involved in charity work and continues his annual Valentine’s Day dinner, where he invites former teammates to serve up meals for The Big Kiss Fund.

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