The Lunenburg County Sport Heritage Society (LCSHS) has opened its annual call for nominations for athletes, teams, and builders who have made a lasting and historic impact on the sports scene in Lunenburg County.
The nomination period is open up to April 15. After the nomination period closes, a selection committee will review all the nominations received and make recommendations to the LCSHS Board of Directors on which candidates should be enshrined on the Wall of Fame in November of 2019.
LCSHS chair Carroll Randall says Lunenburg County has a vast history of sporting achievements over the years from individuals, teams and associations.
“We have world champions, Olympians, and professional athletes from Lunenburg County,” he says. “Just as important are the builders who got the kids interested in sport and started them on the journey.”
Randall says there is another aspect that needs to be recognized and that is sports like ox pulling, horse pulling and dory racing.
“We were and still are the best in many of these sports,” he says. “The Lunenburg County Sport Heritage Society created the Wall of Fame at the LCLC to ensure that all these teams and individuals can be recognized and that this history is documented.”
Randall explains the board cannot make nominations and that is why it is so important that anyone who knows of worthy individuals should nominate them for the 2019 induction process.
“We had a wonderful class that we inducted last year, including Mary Fay’s curling team and long-time community sport builders, such as Tom Ernst,” Randall says.
“As part of our annual process, we’re now going back to the community to identify those who should be honoured,” he adds. “There are a number of truly amazing athletes, coaches, and teams who have accomplished great things on the provincial, national, and international level with strong roots in Lunenburg County.”
During its first two years, the LCSHS enshrined 12 athletes, two teams, and six builders — all are recognized with plaque installations in the wall of fame along the east wall of the Clearwater Seafoods Arena at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC).
“If an individual or a group is interested in making a nomination, you can pick up a nomination package at the guest services desk at the LCLC, visit your local municipal parks and recreation office, or you can download it from our website, www.lcsportheritage.com,” Randall explains.
“Remember, you’re going up against other nominations, so if you’re putting an individual or a team forward for consideration, it’s important to take the time to put together a solid nomination.”
This year’s induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3.