On April 27, 2019, the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame hosted its 22nd induction ceremonies at Royal Ashburn Golf Club.
This Gala is held annually to recognize and honour individuals and teams who, as a result of their respective efforts, have contributed to the advancement and the quality of sports within our community and have brought acclaim to the Town of Whitby.
Our inductees in 2019 included three athletes: Troyhann Santos (Lacrosse), Kristina Vaculik (Gymnastics), and Zack Greer (Lacrosse).
The formal part of the Gala evening began with a procession in which the inductees were led by a bagpiper into the banquet hall, followed by welcoming comments from Rocky Gualtieri, the President of the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame, and Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell; both spoke about the importance of the annual induction ceremonies in preserving and promoting the rich history of sports in Whitby.
Rob Snoek, Sports Director, Durham Radio (CKDO) and the radio play-by-play voice of the Peterborough Petes, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Lindsay Hamilton, Anchor, TSN SportsCentre was the keynote speaker.
The program included a full meal service, as well as a silent auction, raffles, and a spirited live auction during which participants bid on a microbrewery tour, a TSN studio tour, and a foursome plus dinner for four at a charity golf classic featuring several current players from the National Hockey League; and as a bonus, winning bidders each received complimentary gift certificates from local restaurants.
The evening concluded with video tributes for each of the three inductees, followed by their individual remarks to all those in attendance.
A common theme throughout their speeches was their immense pride to represent our town on the world stage throughout their careers.
All three also commented that they were very honoured to be recognized by their hometown Hall.
The Whitby Sports Hall of Fame committee could not sustain the Hall without the continued support that we receive from members of our community.
We extend our sincere thanks to our Corporate Partners, Gala Sponsors, Program Advertisers, Auction Items Donors, and all friends of the Hall who chose to share their evening with us on the 27th of April.
We are indeed looking forward to hosting our 23rd Annual Induction Ceremonies at Royal Ashburn Golf Club on Saturday, April 18, 2020.