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Media Release: Five new members to be inducted into Brampton’s Sports Hall of Fame

Thursday, Mar 02 2017
BRAMPTON, ON: The Brampton Sports Hall of Fame will induct five new members in 2017.

In the Builder category: Fran Rider will be inducted for her leadership role in Women’s Hockey. Mark Evans will be the third generation of his family to enter the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame, after his lifetime association with the Brampton Excelsiors lacrosse team. Another lacrosse player, member of the Canadian and Ontario Lacrosse Halls of Fame, Don Arthurs, will be inducted as a Veteran.

Two inductees will join the Hall of Fame in the Athlete category: legendary stock car racer Bill Zardo, and softball champion Kelly Craig.

The 37th Annual Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 9 at the Rose Theatre Brampton. A cocktail dinner begins at 6 pm followed by the induction ceremony and reception. The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be three-time Olympic women’s hockey player, Sami Jo Small.  Sami Jo has won five World Championships, and was a member of the gold medal-winning teams at two Olympic Games. She was inducted into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Tickets are on sale now at the Rose Theatre Box Office for $55 each. Tickets for children age 12 and under cost $27.50, and are free for children under two years of age. To purchase, visit www.rosetheatre.ca or call 905.874.2800.

To learn more about the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame and this year’s inductees, visit the new Brampton Sports Hall of Fame website at www.brampton.ca/bshf. Do you know of someone who has made an outstanding contribution to sport in our city? Download a nomination form for 2018! Nominations will be accepted until June 15, 2017 for 2018 inductees.

The Brampton Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1979 by a group of dedicated sport enthusiasts, in conjunction with the City of Brampton. It is located in the Powerade Centre on Kennedy Road, south of Steeles Avenue.


“This year’s inductees exemplify the tradition of sports excellence in our city. Their contributions to their respective sports have been immense, and the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Committee is very proud to highlight their achievements.”
– Councillor Doug Whillans, Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Committee Council Liaison

“It gives me great pleasure to announce and welcome our Class of 2017. The five new inductees certainly add to the long list of past valued members. We all look forward to their inductions on May 9, 2017.”
 – Dean McLeod, Chair of the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Committee


About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter.

Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
905.874.3654 |  natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca