PEI Sports Hall To Recognize Members With Anniversary Pin
Members of the PEI Sports Hall of Fame will be recognized on June 22 with a special pin presentation to mark the Hall’s 50th anniversary.
Formed in 1968, the Hall has commissioned a special commemorative pin to be worn by its 190 inductees. Any living Hall member, or family member of a deceased inductee, is invited to attend the presentation which will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 12pm-2pm at the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown.
The pins have been designed by renowned Island artist Wayne Wright, who for many years has been a creative influence on the Hall.
“It is a fitting way to recognize those great individuals and teams who have brought so much sporting success to Prince Edward Island,” said spokesperson Nick Murray. “The Board wanted to do something special to mark the occasion of the Hall’s 50th anniversary last year, so what better way to try and get as many living Hall members in one place and recognize them with this special honour.”
The first induction dinner was held in 1968 as part of the Lobster Carnival celebrations in Summerside. The first inductees included pole vault champion Alfred Groom, harness racing legend Joe O’Brien, Major League Baseball pitcher Vern Handrahan, and Island hockey legend Forbes Kennedy. Currently, Hall by-laws permit four new inductees every year.
The presentation is open to any Hall of Fame inductee (including those who are members of teams), or family member who wishes to receive the pin on behalf of the absent inductee.
All those wishing to attend are asked to confirm their attendance with Nick Murray at 902-393-5474, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday June 19.
The deadline for nominations for induction in 2019 is June 30. Details on how to nominate a builder, team or athlete can be made by contacting Murray at the above, or by visiting the Hall’s website at www.peisportshalloffame.ca. Potential inductees must have been born in Prince Edward Island, or have made their home in the province during their peak athletic years. Inductees must be at least five years retired, or be considered to be at least five years past the peak of their athletic achievements.