Athletes recognized with sports wall nods

The 2019 Woodstock Sports Wall of Fame welcomed its latest induction class Saturday at Goff Hall at the community complex.

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The 2019 Woodstock Sports Wall of Fame welcomed its latest induction class Saturday at Goff Hall at the community complex.

The ceremony saw Mary Thompson enter in the individual female category and Seth Yates go in as the individual male. The 2003 Woodstock Wranglers ‘A’ minor peewee team enter as the team selection and Lloyd Tucker went in for the historic category. Terry Brett was named as a builder of sport.

The event saw inductees be rewarded plaques presented by Mayor Trevor Birtch, Schadenberg and Coun. Connie Lauder. Each inductee also gave a speech.

“It can become a reunion of old friends, neighbours, opponents to recognize and honour accomplishments. … You can rekindle friendships and look back at achievements,” Coun. Mark Schadenberg, who’s been involved with the sports wall of fame for 18 years, said.

The sports wall of fame underwent a change in 2016 – its 20th year – switching from plaques that lined the walls of the foyer in the community complex to two digital touch screens by the main entrance.

The change was made to replace plaques, which had suffered damage over the years and had filled most of the wall, but also to allow more information about each inductee to be added. The advantage of the digitization allows the city to accept information, scan and upload it at will. People are also to view inductees from each year and read more about their accomplishments than a plaque allows.

Schadenberg said people with information on any past inductee can provide documents or images to city hall and they’ll be returned. He also added people are welcome to submit nominations for athletes or teams.

WHO WENT IN

Historic category – Lloyd Tucker

  • He was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2008 and owned the nine-hole Woodstock Golf Club on Fifth Avenue from 1959 to 1973 before it moved to its location in Huntingford and renamed Craigowan Golf and Country Club. He helped coach several golfers like Moe Norman, Gary Cowan and Gerry Kesselring.

Team category – 2003 Woodstock Wranglers ‘A’ minor peewee team

  • The team won the 2003 Ontario Baseball Association ‘A’ championship, defeating Georgetown 10-0 as they only lost once in the 12-team playdown. The team ended with a batting average of .436.

Individual female – Mary Thompson

  • She won two OFSAA bronze medals (2003 and 2005) in track and field and competed in the 25th World University Games in 2011 in Turkey as well as in 2009 in China. She won gold, silver and bronze in different races at the 2008 OUA skiing championships, was named the OUA top female scholar in 2010 as well as winning bronze at the skiing championships and was a 2012 OUA all-star. The WCI graduate has won several races at the Dairy Capital Run.

Individual male – Seth Yates

  • He won two OFSAA gold medals in the pole vault competing for WCI in 1996 as a Grade 9 and 1998 as a Grade 11. He set a personal best of 4.10 metres at OFSAA West Regionals in 1998 before winning OFSAA gold.

Builder of Sport – Terry Brett

  • He’s a founder, player, coach, general manager and president of the Woodstock Stallions men’s soccer team. He’s also a past president of the Woodstock Crickey Club and a longtime community volunteer.

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