“One of our primary mandates is to recognize those from our past who have helped put this city on the map”, said official, noting teams are eligible for the hall this year.

In less than a decade, the Orillia Sports Hall of Fame has become a much-hoped-for destination for the city’s top athletes and builders.

Since the first class of inductees in 2015, some of Orillia’s finest citizens have joined the hall.

This year, for the first time, teams can be nominated for recognition within the shrine.

“We are excited to introduce the team category this year,” said Roy Micks, chair of Sport Orillia, the local organization that oversees Orillia’s Sports Hall of Fame.

He said Sport Orillia volunteers have worked hard to develop criteria that would allow the Hall of Fame selection committee to judge teams worthy of induction.

According to that criteria, any sport where two or more individuals compete would be eligible for this honour.

“As a minimum level of achievement, teams must have won a provincial championship that led to their participation in a national championship,” explained Micks, adding teams must have completed their participation in their sport for at least three years prior to the nomination.

Of course, nominees are also welcome in the athlete and builder categories.

“The selection criteria is pretty stringent but that’s what makes being inducted into the Orillia Sports Hall of Fame meaningful,” Micks said.

For example, athletes must have performed at a high level, represented Orillia with honour and must have concluded their careers at least three years prior to being nominated or have reached the age of 50.

Builders may include officials, sponsors, executives, trainers, owners, coaches, etc. whose work over an extended period has been outstanding in providing a consistently high level of contribution to the sports community.

Micks said it’s important to recognize the sporting accomplishments that have helped define the community.

“One of our primary mandates is to recognize those from our past who have helped put this city on the map,” said Micks.

It’s easy to nominate an athlete, team or builder. Just visit the website and navigate to the Hall of Fame section. Click here to fill out the nomination form for teams. Click here for the nomination form for athletes. Click here for the builders nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 5, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.


Original Article By: Dave Dawson
Site: Orillia Matters
Date: Nov. 14, 2023
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